It was the Michael Campanaro show early, and the defense show late.
Campanaro caught three first-half touchdown passes, and the Wake Forest defense came up with huge stops down the stretch to help the Deacs to a 28-14 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Campanaro ended with 123 yards, and tied an ACC single-game record with 16 receptions -- showing once again how much he was missed while he sat out with a hand injury. He was largely ineffective in his return last week against Clemson, but that was not the case against an Eagles defense that has struggled all season.
The Eagles (2-7, 1-5) had their share of chances to win. A bit of trickeration closed the deficit to 21-14 early in the third quarter, when a double pass had receiver Bobby Swigert throwing the touchdown to tight end Chris Pantale.
On the following Wake Forest possession, Spenser Rositano intercepted a pass from Tanner Price deep into Wake territory. But a flag pushed Boston College back further. Still, the Eagles appeared to be in good shape. But the always reliable Nate Freese missed a 43-yard field goal -- his first miss under 50 yards this season.
Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4) then went up two touchdowns when Josh Harris ran for a 23-yard score.
After that came the big Wake stops -- or the missed BC opportunities, depending on your perspective. The Eagles were stopped on fourth-and-short near the goal line to kill one drive. Interestingly enough, they called for two straight running plays -- even though they could not run a lick on Saturday.
On the following BC possession, Chase Rettig threw his third interception of the day. The Eagles ended up with four turnovers and squandered any momentum they may have had after beating Maryland a week ago, and were officially eliminated from bowl contention.
Wake Forest is now one win away from bowl eligibility.