Securing their second straight losing season, Boston College failed yet again to take care of business – losing to fellow ACC bottom-feeder, Wake Forest, 28-14 with the season's biggest game against Notre Dame looming large next weekend.
Head Coach Frank Spaziani's defense was gashed for over 400 yards as Demon Deacon wide receiver Michael Campanaro had a career day. Hauling in three touchdown passes and 16 catches for 123 yards, Campanaro became only the eighth player in Wake Forest history to snag three touchdown catches in a game and tied an ACC record for most catches in a game.
On the other side of the ball, an inability to move the pigskin on the ground left Rettig and company very one-dimensional. With just twelve yards of offensive output on the ground, junior quarterback Chase Rettig found himself forcing the ball and making mistakes – despite his ability to move the ball through the air, with 357 passing yards.
With Andre Williams injured, Spazinai gave the majority of the rushing carries to freshman David Dudeck, who was listed as a safety prior to this game. However, he proved just as ineffective as previous starters Andre Williams and Deuce Finch, as Dudeck managed only 32 yards off 14 carries.
Coming in with the lowest-scoring offense in the ACC, Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Smith was effective throughout the day against the leaky BC secondary – passing for nearly 300 yards on a completion percentage nearing 70 percent. But as poor as the defense played throughout the game, it was nothing compared to the atrocious coaching strategy carried out by Spaziani and company.
From attempting a 46-yard field goal when down 14 points, to kneeling the ball at the end of the first half with three timeouts remaining, Spaziani consistently demonstrated that he had no real confidence in his team. Moreover, he showed (yet again) a complete inability to prepare adequately for a match-up because his defense failed to contain one of the only threats on the Wake Forest offense, wide receiver Michael Campanaro.
In other news, Notre Dame – the number three team in the nation at the moment – held on to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 in overtime as they maintained their perfect record ahead of their trip to the Heights this weekend. The Eagles have a long and illustrious history of ruining moments of glory for our Midwestern brethren. BC has never lost to a Notre Dame team ranked in the top five.
In 1993, BC's David Gordon ended the Golden Domer's perfect season and a chance at a national championship with a last minute field goal. And in 2002, the Eagles knocked off the fourth-ranked Irish with a 14-7 victory. With a little luck, and a huge performance from Rettig and Amidon, the Eagles might have another upset left in them.
Andrew is a senior and the only remaining member of the original Gavel editorial board. He spent spring of 2012 studying in Paris. He is a passionate supporter of the Kansas Jayhawks.