Nov 11, 2023; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) tries to outrun Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive back Malik Mustapha (3) during the first half at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Brennan Armstrong returns as QB, leads NC State past Wake Forest

Brennan Armstrong was back as North Carolina State’s starting quarterback and he made time in that role count by throwing and rushing for touchdowns in the Wolfpack’s 26-6 road victory against Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Armstrong had been a backup for the previous four games as MJ Morris was at the controls, but Morris’ decision to sit out the rest of the season to qualify for a redshirt thrust Armstrong, a graduate transfer from Virginia, back into the starting position.

Armstrong completed 12 of 17 passes for 111 yards and rushed for 96 yards on 15 attempts.

The Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight game. It marked just the second NC State victory in Winston-Salem in the last 11 trips to its in-state rival.

Morris was 3-1 as a starter this year before the midweek revelation that he has opted to take a redshirt season. Another game played would have put him over the maximum number of games permitted to preserve a redshirt season.

Wake Forest (4-6, 1-6) has dropped three in a row and six of its last seven games.

Wake Forest tried quarterbacks Mitch Griffis and Michael Kern. The Demon Deacons avoided a shutout when Kern’s fourth-down pass was caught by diving receiver Deuce Alexander for a 19-yard touchdown with 7:15 remaining. Even that thrill lasted only so long because Jaylon Scott intercepted a two-point conversion pass and raced 100 yards for a two-point defensive conversion.

NC State went 84 in three plays for the game’s first points on Armstrong’s 20-yard pass to Julian Gray. The big play was KC Concepcion’s possession-opening 65-yard run on a reverse.

The Wolfpack were up 14-0 early in the second quarter. Armstrong plowed into the end zone on a fourth-down run from 1 yard out.

Armstrong’s 38-yard run to the Wake Forest 1 set up Delbert Mimms III’s 1-yard plunge for a 21-0 lead.

The Wolfpack’s only second-half points on offense came when NC State turned Sean Brown’s interception and 33-yard return into Brayden Narveson’s 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils quarterback Grayson Loftis (12) hands off the ball to  wide receiver Quran Boyd (17) against the Lafayette Leopards during the second half at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Duke rallies past Wake Forest on last-second field goal

Todd Pelino’s 26-yard field goal as time expired gave Duke a 24-21 victory against visiting Wake Forest on Thursday night in Durham, N.C.

That was the only lead of the game for Duke (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which snapped a two-game losing streak and became bowl-eligible despite using a third-string quarterback.

Grayson Loftis was 7-for-19 for 86 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but he helped the Blue Devils on their final drive.

Ryan Smith’s interception with 4:12 left gave the Blue Devils a chance to drive for the winning points. The final drive was aided by two penalties, including a third-down pass interference call on Wake Forest (4-5, 1-5).

Wake Forest quarterback Mitch Griffis was 16-for-19 for 241 yards with an interception. Demond Claiborne rushed for 81 yards on 19 carries.

Griffis scrambled 5 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to put Wake Forest ahead.

Duke tied it at 21-21l with 11:40 remaining on Loftis’ 29-yard throw to Jordan Moore.

Duke was without standout quarterback Riley Leonard and normal second-string QB Henry Belin IV, both out with injuries.

Griffis was 8-for-8 in the first half, but the score was 14-14 at halftime.

Duke pulled even with one minute to play in the first half on Jordan Waters’ 4-yard run.

Wake Forest’s Tate Carney ran 3 yards for the opening points. Wake Forest had a chance to build the lead when a fumble by Duke on the ensuing possession gave the ball back at the Blue Devils’ 15. Matthew Dennis missed a 27-yard field goal.

Duke pulled even on the second play of the second quarter when Jaquez Moore ran 32 yards for a touchdown. Moore had all 60 yards on the drive, needing just three plays to cover that ground.

Wake Forest reached the Duke 25 before Carney was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 carry. But Quincy Bryant intercepted a pass by Lofts, who was hit as he threw, on the next snap.

Wake Forest took over at the Duke 22, with Griffis running 8 yards for a touchdown four plays later.

Dennis missed again, this time from 39 yards, to end Wake Forest’s first possession of the second half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  A Pittsburgh Panthers helmet on the sidelines against the Louisville Cardinals during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest caps wild final moments by beating Pitt

Cameron Hite caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Santino Marucci with seven seconds left as Wake Forest pulled out a 21-17 victory against Pitt in a wild final stretch at Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Demon Deacons (4-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored two touchdowns and threw an interception in an improbable final 3:02 in halting a three-game losing streak.

Christian Veilleux threw 22 yards to Bub Means with 1:30 left and Pitt (2-5, 1-3) appeared ready to escape. When M.J. Devonshire intercepted Marucci at the Pitt 28, the Panthers were in good shape.

But Veilleux’s third-down run for an apparent first down turned disastrous for the Panthers when it was determined Veilleux began his slide at the Pitt 16, 1 yard short of the first-down mark. A punt followed and the Demon Deacons converted quickly for the winning points.

Demond Claiborne’s 42-yard touchdown run with 3:02 left lifted Wake Forest into a 14-10 lead. Claiborne finished with 96 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Wake Forest had 323 yards of total offense, but 89 of those came on the first scoring drive of the fourth-quarter.

The game marked the debut at quarterback for Marucci, a third-stringer and redshirt sophomore who was in a starting role because of injuries to two teammates.

Ben Sauls’ 41-yard field goal with 13:03 to play put the Panthers up 10-7. That came following Phillip O’Brien Jr.’s interception late in the third quarter.

On its next possession, Wake Forest drove to the Pitt 32-yard line but gave the ball back after coming up short on a fourth-and-2 run.

Pitt’s C’Bo Flemister ran for 105 yards on 23 carries and Veilleux threw for 302 yards.

Wake Forest quarterbacks Mitch Griffis (undisclosed), who started the first six games, and Michael Kern (shoulder) were not in uniform because of injuries.

The rematch of the 2021 ACC championship game pitted two teams that have largely struggled this year. The Panthers lost for the first time in three games all-time against the Demon Deacons.

Veilleux threw 7 yards to Kenny Johnson as the Panthers scored on the game’s opening possession.

Wake Forest, which generated little on offense, suddenly came through by going 55 yards in two plays (plus a 15-yard facemask penalty on the defense) to pull even with 1:32 left in the half. Claiborne ran 18 yards for the touchdown.

Wake Forest had 125 yards of total offense through three quarters. Pitt was at 262.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Kyron Drones guides Virginia Tech past slumping Wake Forest

Kyron Drones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns and Virginia Tech’s defense stood firm in a 30-13 victory against visiting Wake Forest on Saturday at Blacksburg, Va.

Virginia Tech (3-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Wake Forest to 262 yards of total offense to win for the second time in three weeks.

Drones, who completed 20 of 29 passes, was also the game’s top rusher with 59 yards. Both of his TD passes went to Jaylin Lane, who had 102 receiving yards.

Starting quarterback Mitch Griffis of Wake Forest was 6-for-11 for 27 yards with an interception before being replaced by Michael Kern, though Griffis returned late in the game. Griffis finished 8 of 17 for 77 yards and the pick.

The Demon Deacons (3-3, 0-3) have lost three games in a row despite Kern’s 166 passing yards on 14-for-22 accuracy.

After a dizzying second-quarter stretch of offense, there were no second-half touchdowns for either team until Drones threw for a 12-yard score to Lane with 2:47 remaining.

The Hokies held a 20-10 lead on John Love’s 26-yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter.

Wake Forest countered on Matthew Dennis’ 34-yarder at the end of a 60-yard drive. Love’s 36-yarder re-established a 10-point cushion with 8:06 remaining in regulation.

Kerns lost a fumble when sacked before the Hokies drove 53 yards for the clinching touchdown.

The Demon Deacons had only 184 yards of total offense through three quarters. They finished with 19 rushing yards.

Neither team scored in the first quarter and then they combined for 27 points in the second quarter. That included 17 points in a 24-second span.

The Hokies went up on Bhayshul Tuten’s 3-yard run. It was 10-0 after Love’s 37-yard field goal.

Wake Forest responded right way on Demond Claiborne’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Virginia Tech was just about as efficient because on the next snap, Drones threw to Jaylin Lane for a 75-yard touchdown play.

Wake Forest capped the first-half scoring on Dennis’ 28-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA;  Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson calls out to an official during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Griffis powers to Wake Forest to rout of Elon

Mitch Griffis, taking over full-time quarterback duties, threw for three touchdowns as Wake Forest defeated visiting Elon 37-17 on Thursday night in both teams’ season opener at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Griffis, who started last year’s opener when record-setting Sam Hartman was dealing with a medical issue, completed 19 of 30 passes for 329 yards and an interception on Thursday.

Elon, coming off a season in which it reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, trailed 24-0 at halftime. The Phoenix had 66 yards of total offense at that juncture before Jalen Hampton ran for a 49-yard touchdown on the team’s first possession of the second half.

Just four minutes later, it was 27-14 after Elon’s Caleb Curtain intercepted a Griffis pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Matthew Dennis’ third field goal of the game late in the third quarter restored order for the Demon Deacons, who added a 10-yard Demond Claiborne touchdown run with 4:09 left.

Elon quarterback Matthew Downing, who previously played for Georgia, Texas Christian and Louisiana Tech, made his Phoenix debut. He was replaced in the second quarter by Justin Allen, who was intercepted twice and threw for 128 yards.

Downing was 3-for-7 for 17 yards.

It was a spectacular opening 3 1/2 minutes to the season for Wake Forest, which forced a three-and-out and then went 53 yards in seven plays to score on Griffis’ 18-yard pass to Wesley Grimes. Griffis was 5-for-5 for 46 yards on the drive.

Wake Forest was up 10-0 later in the first quarter on Dennis’ 34-yard field goal.

On the third play of the second quarter, Griffis connected with Jahmal Banks for a 33-yard touchdown play.

The Phoenix reached the Wake Forest 8-yard line late in the first half, but Demarcus Rankin intercepted Allen in the end zone. The Demon Deacons wasted no time in converting, as three snaps later Griffis and tight end Cameron Hite hooked up for a 69-yard touchdown pass.

That put Griffis at 11-for-14 for 230 yards in the half.

The Demon Deacons scored on Dennis’ 29-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half.

Wake Forest is 12-0-1 all-time vs. Elon, with the most recent matchup in 2019. Thursday night marked the first time in the series that Elon reached a double-digit point total.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) runs the ball against Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive back Malik Mustapha (3) during the first quarter at Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville forces eight turnovers, thumps No. 10 Wake Forest

Malik Cunningham ran for two touchdowns and Louisville’s defense forced eight turnovers as the host Cardinals throttled No. 10 Wake Forest 48-21 on Saturday.

Kei’Trel Clark and Quincy Riley returned interceptions for touchdowns, with Clark’s effort a 46-yarder and Riley making it 90 yards on his return on the last play of the third quarter.

Tiyon Evans gained 106 rushing yards with a touchdown for Louisville (5-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has defeated last year’s ACC title game participants in back-to-back games after a win against Pittsburgh last week.

The Demon Deacons (6-2, 2-2) led 14-13 at halftime, but turned the ball over five times in the third quarter. That translated to 35 Louisville points and a 48-14 lead.

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman threw three interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns. He completed 20 of 35 throws for 271 yards and a touchdown.

Cunningham was 15-for-23 for 164 yards in the air and he gained another 38 yards on nine carries on the ground.

Riley had two of Louisville’s four interceptions, helping the Cardinals to a three-game winning streak.

Despite scoring so many points on defense and having short fields following Wake Forest turnovers, the Cardinals held a 411-402 advantage in total offense.

The Demon Deacons’ only previous loss this season came in overtime to undefeated Clemson.

Wake Forest wiped out a 13-0 hole in the second quarter, with Justice Ellison scoring on a 3-yard run and Hartman connecting with Jahmal Banks on a 16-yard touchdown play.

Louisville used a game-opening 11-play drive to end up with James Thomas’ 29-yard field goal. He added a 39-yard field goal later in the first quarter.

Cunningham ran in from 1 yard out in the first minute of the second quarter.

Backup quarterback Mitch Griffis of Wake Forest threw a touchdown pass for the only touchdown for either team in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA;  Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman (10) throws a pass during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Wake Forest brings high-powered offense to Louisville

Wake Forest seems to be charging toward another special season, appearing in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year.

Sam Hartman has been in a groove again, and the Demon Deacons quarterback is putting his mark throughout the record books.

So the next task will involve dealing with a slightly resurgent Louisville team when the No. 10 Demon Deacons visit Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

“I think we’re a good team,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. “We have really good football players here. You don’t win as many as we’ve won the last few years here without having some really talented football players. We’ll just try to keep going here.”

Wake Forest (6-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three games in a row by double-digit spreads since a double-overtime loss to unbeaten Clemson. The Demon Deacons are 10th in the country in scoring offense (41.4 points a game).

Louisville (4-3, 2-3) has its own form of momentum by winning back-to-back games since a one-point loss at Boston College.

That modest streak only goes so far, however, as Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield wants his team’s attention to be squarely on the Demon Deacons.

“It’s all about a really, really good Wake Forest team,” Satterfield said. “They’ve got a great offense and a great quarterback that can score a lot of points. It’ll be a lot of work that we’re going to have to do. We just take it one at a time, and hopefully we can stack some of these up.”

Hartman accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in last week’s Boston College game. With 93 career touchdown throws, he ranks third on the all-time ACC list — two behind former North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers.

“He doesn’t get the credit that he deserves,” Clawson said of Hartman. “There’s not another quarterback in the country I would rather have. His level of play has been so high for so long.”

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham has piled up his numbers in different ways, running for nine touchdowns and throwing for five. He threw for two touchdowns for the first time this season last week against Pitt.

“An unbelievable quarterback that can make you miss and throw the ball,” Clawson said of Cunningham, whose 309 passing yards last year against the Demon Deacons marks his highest single-game total in 2021 or 2022.

Louisville’s defense has forced at least three turnovers in each of its last four games. That’s the longest such stretch for the Cardinals in 22 years.

“Playing as a team — as a whole playing fast, playing I don’t care if I make a mistake,” defensive back Benjamin Perry said.

The Demon Deacons have been moving fast as well.

A year ago in a 37-34 home victory, Wake Forest receiver Taylor Morin had a career-high 122 receiving yards and a touchdown. He caught two touchdown passes last week.

The 2021 meeting between Wake Forest and Louisville is the last time the Cardinals tangled with a ranked opponent. Satterfield’s teams are 0-3 all-time against Top 10 opposition.

Wake Forest has won in just one of four visits to Louisville, in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Donavon Greene (11) is tackled by Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Bryan Bresee (11) and cornerback Toriano Pride (23) during the first quarter at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Clemson wins 51-45, 2-OT thriller over No. 21 Wake Forest

DJ Uiagalelei passed for 371 yards and a career-best five touchdown passes as No. 5 Clemson fought off an upset bid to post a 51-45 double-overtime victory over No. 21 Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Uiagalelei’s 21-yard scoring pass to Davis Allen on the second possession of overtime was the decisive score for Clemson (4-0, 2-0 ACC). Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1) was unable to score on its second attempt.

Allen caught two scoring passes for the Tigers, while Beaux Collins, Jake Briningstool and Brannon Spector had one apiece. Will Shipley rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Wake Forest star Sam Hartman threw a school-record six touchdown passes but couldn’t prevent Wake Forest from losing to Clemson for the 14th consecutive time. Hartman passed for 337 yards to raise his career total to 10,228, sixth-most in ACC history, leaping over four former players — including ex-Tigers Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence.

Hartman also moved into sixth place in ACC history with 85 TD passes, jumping Kenny Pickett and Chris Weinke.

Jahmal Banks (six receptions, 141 yards) and Donavon Greene caught two touchdown passes apiece for Wake Forest. Blake Whiteheart and A.T. Perry also made scoring catches for the Demon Deacons.

Hartman hit Perry on an 8-yard scoring pass in the first overtime, but Clemson answered when Uiagalelei tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Collins to tie it at 45.

Earlier, Hartman tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Greene with 12:13 left in the third quarter to give the Demon Deacons a 21-20 lead. That marked the first time Clemson trailed in a game this season.

After Wake Forest got the ball back, Hartman tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Whiteheart to give Wake Forest an eight-point lead with 7:47 left in the period.

Clemson tied the score at 28 three-plus minutes later when Uiagalelei threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Allen and a tying two-point conversion throw to Collins.

The Demon Deacons went back ahead on Hartman’s 25-yard pass to Greene with 1:19 left in the third, but the Tigers tied it again on Shipley’s 1-yard run with 11:16 left in the contest.

Matthew Dennis kicked a 29-yard field goal to give Wake Forest a 38-35 edge with 8:07 left in regulation. But Clemson’s B.T. Potter matched his career best with a 52-yarder to knot the score with 4:01 to play.

In the first half, Uiagalelei threw scoring passes of 12 yards to Briningstool and 41 yards to Spector and Potter kicked field goals of 24 and 38 yards as the Tigers held a 20-14 halftime lead. Hartman tossed touchdown passes of 36 and 5 yards to Banks.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Taylor Morin (2) runs around end chased by Virginia Military Institute Keydets wide receiver Julio DaSilva (9) during the first half at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

No. 22 Wake Forest keeps offense humming with backup Mitch Griffis in 44-10 win

Mitch Griffis threw three touchdown passes in his first collegiate start and No. 22 Wake Forest began the season with a 44-10 romp past visiting Virginia Military Institute on Thursday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Christian Turner ran for two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries to boost the Demon Deacons, who started the season with their highest preseason ranking in program history.

Griffis was thrust into the starting role after standout quarterback Sam Hartman was sidelined shortly after practices began last month with an undisclosed medical condition. Hartman has attended practices and the opening game, and coach Dave Clawson said that he’s expected to play this season, but no timetable has been revealed.

In the meantime, Griffis is making the most of his opportunity. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 288 yards without an interception.

The Demon Deacons were fourth nationally with 41 points per game last season and they’re above that pace after one game.

Wake Forest, which was coming off just its second 11-win season in school history, led 17-0 after less than 13 minutes. Matthew Dennis made the first of his three field goals with a 33-yarder to open the scoring.

Turner ran 35 yards for Wake Forest’s first touchdown of the season. Griffis passed to Taylor Morin for a 23-yard touchdown with 2:04 left in the first quarter.

Dennis added field goals from 31 and 33 in the second quarter before Jerry Rice’s 42-yard field on the last play of the first half put the Keydets on the board.

Griffis’ other TD passes went to Blake Whiteheart for 27 yards in the last minute of the third quarter and to Jahmal Banks for 14 yards with 11:44 left in the game.

VMI quarterback Seth Morgan was 13-for-27 for 79 yards in the air. He also gained 22 yards on three carries. The Keydets’ touchdown came in the third quarter on Collin Ironside’s 34-yard pass to Grant Swinehart.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;  Wake Forest running back Christian Turner (0) is tackled by Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector (10) during their game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Wake Forest visits BC, bids for berth in ACC title game

No. 18 Wake Forest will look to punch its ticket to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a win over Boston College in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Demon Deacons (9-2, 6-1 ACC) control their own destiny as a win over the Eagles would secure their first trip to the conference title game since 2006.

However, Wake Forest has been trending in the wrong direction with losses in two of its last three games.

Last Saturday, the Demon Deacons were blown out in a 48-27 defeat at Atlantic Division rival Clemson. The loss dropped the Demon Deacons eight spots in the College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday.

Clemson would qualify for the ACC title game with a win and losses by both Wake Forest and North Carolina State. The Wolfpack would earn a spot in the championship matchup with a win and a Demon Deacons’ loss.

“You tell me that we’re 9-2 going into Boston College, playing for an ACC championship, I can’t tell you that I wouldn’t be excited and fired up — so that’s got to be the mentality,” Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman said.

Hartman completed 27 of 43 passes for 312 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to the Tigers. A.T. Perry reeled in five catches for 113 yards and Jaquarii Roberson had six receptions for 93 yards.

Wake Forest ranks second in the ACC in scoring, averaging 43.1 points through 11 games. Defensively, the Demon Deacons have allowed the fourth-most total yards in the ACC at 449.4 per game.

“You can’t do anything to change what happened last week,” defensive lineman Miles Fox said Tuesday. “Practice has been good, (BC is) a very good team, and we just have to make sure that we correct those mistakes.”

Boston College (6-5, 2-5) had its momentum halted in a 26-23 home loss to Florida State last Saturday. The Eagles had won two straight since the surprise return of starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec from a potential season-ending hand injury.

Jurkovec was held to 148 yards passing (10-of-24) with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 59 yards and a score against the Seminoles.

BC fell behind 26-3 early in the third quarter before mounting a comeback. Jurkovec led a 14-play, 64-yard drive spanning 6:18 to drive the Eagles into Florida State territory before tossing a pick on fourth-and-9 to end the rally.

Once a season filled with ACC title game aspirations of its own before Jurkovec’s injury, BC will now be looking to avoid a .500 season while bettering its bowl standings in the finale against Wake Forest.

“For a lot of people, it’s their final (regular season) game. So we want to make it a good one,” Jurkovec said Tuesday. “We want to send people off with a win.”

Jurkovec said he isn’t quite back to full health, but that his grip strength “feels good” heading into Saturday’s game.

Eagles coach Jeff Hafley knows his team will have to be ready for a quarterback playing the best football of his career in Hartman.

“Very explosive offense,” Hafley said. “They want to throw the ball more than anybody that we’ve played down the field, which in my opinion starts with the quarterback.”

–Field Level Media