Sitting comfortably in the driver’s seat early in the fourth quarter, Boston College almost took its eyes off the wheel.

In the matter of two minutes, a 20-point lead evaporated into the Carolina sky, as Wake Forest found the end zone twice to cut the lead to six with a little more than six minutes remaining. However, it was just a little too late, as the Eagles managed to hold on for a 23-17 victory.

“As I told the team in the locker room, it’s hard to win on the road in the ACC,” said head coach Steve Addazio. “It doesn’t matter who, what, where, when, why; it comes down to the final plays, and I think our team can really grow from this.”

Running back Joni Hilliman continued his torrid freshman campaign.

The Plainfield, New Jersey, native found the end zone twice in the first half. He finished with 101 yards on 20 carries to go along with his two touchdowns. He has recorded two scores in four of the last six games.

“[Hilliman] did a great job of trusting his blockers and trusting his speed, his strength, and his ability to hit the hole,” said quarterback Tyler Murphy, who threw for 165 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 77 yards on 14 carries. “You could tell he was just having fun out there, running around and trying to make plays to help the team.”

Boston College (5-3) will travel to Blacksburg next weekend, where it will try to clinch a bowl berth against struggling Virginia Tech.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame (6-1) — on a bye this weekend — will look to get back on the winning track at Navy on Saturday. The No. 7-ranked team in the nation lost a thriller, 31-27, to defending national champion Florida State on Oct. 18.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


Results for Catholic colleges around the US

Catholic schools, in italics below, went 22-12 this weekend

Division I FBS

Boston College 23
Wake Forest 17

Divison I FCS

San Diego 40
Dayton 29

Duquesne 48
Alderson-Broaddus 27

Fordham 48
Lehigh 27

Bucknell 22
Georgetown 17

Holy Cross 24
Lafayette 14

McNeese State 41
Incarnate World 21

St. Francis 30
Sacred Heart 27

Villanova 48
Morgan St. 28

Division II

Assumption 31
St. Anselm 7

Gannon 58
Seton Hill 28

New Haven 42
Merrimack 14

Mary 52
MSU Moorhead 45

Mercyhurst 31
Edinboro 10

Glenville State 41
Notre Dame (Ohio) 38

Quincy 42
William Jewell 28

St. Joseph’s 30
Southwest Baptist 27

Southern Connecticut 17
Stonehill 14

Wayne State 52
Walsh 17

Division III

Benedictine 44
Concordia-Chicago 11

Emory and Henry 62
Catholic 28

John Carroll 71
Capital 7

Loras 27
Simpson 24

Mount St. Joseph 63
Anderson 14

St. John’s 52
Carleton 3

St. Norbert 29
Beloit 14

St. Scholastica 59
Eureka 0

Bethel 35
St. Thomas 24

St. Vincent 38
Carnegie Mellon 31

Thomas More 64
Grove City 7