Wake Forest has a high-tempo passing game with QB Sam Hartman. | MCU Times

Wake Forest has a high-tempo passing game with QB Sam Hartman.

For the first time in several weeks, the Boston College defense will not go up against a run-pass option with double-threats quarterback.

What they get instead on Saturday is the best clean pocket watch in the ACC.

BC will celebrate Senior Day as it hosts the No. 21-ranked Demon Deacons of Wake Forest in the season finale (noon) at Alumni Stadium.

Wake Forest (9-2, 6-1 ACC) can win the Atlantic Division and secure a place in the ACC Championship Game with a win. BC (6-5, 2-5) is already bowl eligible, but would improve its position with a win over a ranked opponent.

The Deacons are led by second-quarterback Sam Hartman, who is the third-ranked passer in the ACC with 3,475 yards. Hartman follows Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong (4,044) and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (3,857), a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

“We’ve met a lot of teams running the quarterback lately, but this is a team where the quarterback wants to throw it before he runs it,” said BC coach Jeff Hafley. “I feel like it’s been a while since I feel like I’re a little back in the NFL where someone wants to throw the ball more than 40 times.”

Hartman has completed 235-of-391 passes to a completion rate of 60.1 with 31 touchdowns and an excellent 156.3 passer rating. Hartman’s primary goal is wide receiver AT Perry, who has 52 receptions for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns, second in the ACC behind Pittsburgh’s Jordan Addison (15). Pittsburgh has already won the Coastal Division and can face Wake Forest in the ACC title fight.

“It’s a challenge for our DBs and our linebackers, whether it’s man or zone,” Hafley said. “It is a challenge for the D-line to try to get pressure, and you have to get pressure.

“You can not just sit back because he is really good, he gets rid of the ball on time. They are a very explosive offensive and they want to throw the ball down the field more than any other team we have played. In my opinion, it starts with the quarterback, he runs the offensive. ”

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson uses an effective multi-pro-style offensive, aptly called “Clawfense” and described by offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero as “a variable pace running game.”

Deacons are number two in the ACC in scoring violation with 474 points for an average of 43.1 points per game. match with 60 touchdowns. They are rated third in total offense with 5,390 total yards for an average of 490 yards per yard. match. Wake Forest has 4,292 passing yards and 1,840 on the ground.

“I think they are well-trained and I have a lot of respect for coach Clawson in many ways,” Hafley said. “That way he develops guys and trains the same scheme with guys that has been around for a long time.”

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