NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 24-10 win in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against visiting Wake Forest.
How it happened: It would be hard to imagine a better start for the Eagles.
After winning the coin toss, head coach Steve Addazio decided to defer to the second half. Then on Wake Forest’s second play from scrimmage Josh Harris couldn’t handle Tanner Price’s pitch and the ball squirted away, and Spenser Rositano fell on it.
That gave BC the ball at the Wake Forest 27-yard line. Andre Williams got the ball on first down, picking up a yard. On second down, Chase Rettig faked the handoff to Williams, spun quickly and hit Alex Amidon on the left side of the line on a wide receiver screen.
And while Wake Forest came back to tie the score at 7, the BC defense made two big goal-line stands and its offense scored the next 17 points to open up a lead the Eagles wouldn’t relinquish.
What it means: BC has won its first two games for the first time since 2010, when it started 2-0 with wins against Weber State and Kent State.
The Eagles won their ACC opener for the first time since 2007, that win also coming against Wake Forest.
Up next: The Eagles hit the road for the first time in 2013, traveling across the country to play No. 25 USC (3 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Network) in the Los Angeles Coliseum in Week 3.
Lane Kiffin and the Trojans opened the season with a 30-13 win at Hawaii, and play Washington State at home on Saturday.
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