CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — This one wasn’t going to be easy for Wake Forest, either.
But the Deacons have a hot quarterback and two receivers who make difficult catches look easy.
Wake Forest used the Jamie Newman-Sage Surratt-Scotty Washington trio to carve out a 27-24 win against Boston College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Newman threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Washington, who used all of his 6-foot-5 frame to haul in the pass, to put the Deacons up 27-17 with 9:47 left.
Boston College answered with a touchdown on running back David Bailey’s 16-yard pass to tight end Chris Garrison with 6:39 left.
On the next possession, the Deacons picked up three third-down conversions — a Newman keeper on third-and-1, a Newman pass to Kendall Hinton for 9 yards on third-and-6 and a 7-yard pass to Jack Freudenthal on third-and-4.
The Eagles got the ball back with 28 seconds left, completed a few passes, and then the game ended when Boston College’s last-ditch effort ended with a fumble out of bounds near midfield.
Wake Forest took a second-half lead on Nick Sciba’s 22-yard field goal with 4:47 left in the third quarter, a disappointing end to a 20-play, 78-yard drive that pierced the 5-yard line. That made the score 20-17 and made for a tenuous spot.
The Deacons’ defense came up with a stop and Wake Forest crossed midfield, but Newman was picked off on an overthrow down the seam by Brandon Sebastian.
Both teams had 10-point bursts in the first half. First it was Wake Forest, with good field position on each of its first two possessions, turning it into a 5-yard touchdown run by Cade Carney and a 22-yard field goal by Nick Sciba.
Boston College answered with touchdown drives of 83 and 85 yards, in 13 and six plays, respectively. The Eagles connected on a few explosive plays to start those drives, and the touchdown came on another big play with a 26-yard pass from Anthony Brown to freshman Zay Flowers.
The Deacons’ answer came in the form of a Newman touchdown pass to Surratt — his seventh straight game with a touchdown catch, setting a program record. Surratt, a 6-3, 215-pound redshirt sophomore, hauled in the high-arching pass with his left arm, while his right was tied up by the cornerback.
The ensuing kickoff was returned to Wake Forest’s 48-yard line, and Boston College knotted the game at 17-17 in the last minute of the first half when Brown shot-putted a pass to Bailey for a 4-yard touchdown.
Wake Forest scored first — testing the streak of 11 straight games in this series that the team that’s scored first has won — after Amari Henderson picked off Brown on the game’s first possession.
Essang Bassey added another interception in the third quarter for the Deacons, setting up the go-ahead score.
Wake Forest was without safety Coby Davis for the second straight game. Trey Rucker and Traveon Redd filled in at free safety in his absence.