WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -Backup quarterback
sneaked 1 yard for a touchdown with 1:12 remaining to lead Boston College past Wake Forest 24-21 on Saturday night and keep
its Atlantic Coast Conference title hopes alive.
Davis, who took over for the injured
in the second quarter, was 13-of-23 for 103 yards, and two of his fumbles were returned for touchdowns.
But he made enough key throws on the decisive nine-play, 70-yard drive in the final 5 minutes to help the Eagles (8-3, 4-3)
win in Winston-Salem for the first time and potentially set up a winner-take-all matchup next week with Maryland for the Atlantic
for 36 yards on third-and-13 and found
for 21 yards to the 1, then powered into the end zone on the next play to make it 22-21.
ran for the 2-point conversion.
led Wake Forest to the BC 39 in the final minute, but his deep heave to
on fourth-and-5 was broken up by safety
with 29 seconds left.
Skinner finished 14-of-28 for 126 yards for the
(6-5, 4-4). He was intercepted twice by
and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to
one play after Gelo Smith blocked a punt deep in BC territory, and
returned fumbles for touchdowns.
Herzlich returned one of those picks for a touchdown and set up a field goal with the other, and
finished with field goals of 32, 30 and 30 yards for Boston College, which lost Crane after he broke his collarbone while
being tackled on a second-quarter scramble, coach Jeff Jagodzinski said.
Wake Forest's defense - which last year was the nation's best at turning turnovers into touchdowns - generated some points
in the final minutes of the first half. Smith knocked the ball loose from Davis and Patterson plucked it out of the air and
brought it back 15 yards for his second defensive TD of the season to pull the
Them, Wilber scored to make it 16-14 on the first play of the third quarter.
drilled Davis on a blitz, the ball popped out and Wilber inadvertently kicked it before scooping it up at the 3 and falling
into the end zone, giving Wake Forest two defensive scores in a game for the first time since last year's BC game.
Herzlich's first big play helped BC score a non-offensive touchdown for the sixth consecutive game. Skinner tried to float
a swing pass over Herzlich to Belton, but Herzlich leaped, pulled the ball down and rumbled 34 yards untouched for his second
interception-turned-touchdown of the year.
Wake Forest, which has dropped two straight, lost an ACC game at home for the first time in nearly two full years.