Boston College throws off a comeback attempt against Florida State that never fell short of the national average Sunday night.
No. 21 Wake Forest (9-2, 6), stands in line with the Eagless chances of reaching eight wins for the first time since 2009, when the Eagles 6-5, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference are hoping to hold to their peak in the first time in their season of success.
The Demon Deacons average 483,3, and 490 yards per game, before they reached No. 10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time - making up the averaging 43.1 points and 490 yards per game for BC. A win over BC would give the ACC Atlantic Division title and bring them to the ACC championship game. A loss would deprive them of both.
The Eagles' coach Jeff Hafley called Wake Forest probably the most complete team the Eagles have played all season.
Quarterback Phil Jurkovec added, We know they're a quality opponent, and they play a lot, thus we'll get their best.
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Hafley revealed, that five of the players, eight-thirteen years ago, missed the lesson on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms and all all tests negative for COVID-19. He didn't specify which players were sidelined and didn't know whether any players would miss the game.
If offensive lineman Ben Petrula plays, he'll be his 60th consecutive start, a tie that'll keep his current streak high in the nation.
Petrula didn't play in the first game of his freshman season in 2017 but has already started every one since. Hafley said that he is having his best season.
He said that it was right that I felt like Id been here forever, like an old man, but Im proud to do that.
Hafley said Jurkovec still doesn't 100% after returning against Virginia Tech after a hand injury that sidelined him for nearly two months.
Despite the circumstances, he said that Jurkovec won't stand up by half, while the coach was impressed.
His teammates come and fight each other. He wants tough, Hafley said. He isnt 100 percent, and hes the only one who works to fight for his teammates.
After the Seminoles held him away from reception in the first half, Zay Flowers had three catch for 92 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
Hafley made it clear that BC is trying to get him all the game and will continue doing that. Flowers is tied for fifth in program history with five 100-yard receiving games.
Since the 1970s, the Eagles moved to Georgia Tech and lost their job, but they failed to win the road win, until the end of the day, until finally a 41-30 eve. Hafley said starting strong had become a major focus this week.
He said. We need to start faster. We need to start faster. We need to make changes and do all a little faster.
Starting fast is particularly crucial against a Wake Forest team that can punish opponents by its high-octane offense. Quarterback Sam Hartman 235 of 391 (60.1 percent) for 3,475 yards, with 31 touchdown passes and an average passer efficiency of 156.3.
This is a team where the quarterback wants to throw it before he runs it, Hafley said. This is a team where the quarterback wants to throw it before he runs it.
The Eagles are better equipped than most for the offense they have to stop. They boast the nations fifth-best pass defense (168,8 yards per game) and have allowed third-fewest completions (161).
In order to get a lot of pressure into his face, get lots of hands up, make his vision a little blurrier than usual, said the linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley.
Defensive back Josh DeBerry, who leads the Eagles with 53 tackles from the nickel-mounted position, has been arguably BC's most valuable defensive player.
He missed Florida State in a knee injury. Hafley said he's day to day.
Where it is important to watch the play, the sophomore defensive tackle Cam Horsley has started every game but one this season, and has 2.5 sacks and a quarterback hit last two.
"I think he's one of our more improved players," Hafley said. "I think his future is very bright."
The 'footballer' of Connor Lytton converted 10 field goal attempts (90.9 percent), the best mark for a true freshman.
Saturday is Senior Day, and Hafley celebrated the program for the first time.
He thinks that a time when the Eagles will again play for ACC on the last weekend's ACC championship, that'll largely be attributed to the current age of seniors who laid the foundation of the team.
Theyll look back and theyll be damn proud, Hafley said. I am more worried about sending these seniors off as winners at home than I am about anything else.