So much for momentum.
Coming off their first win in six weeks, the Eagles went to Winston-Salem, N.C., hoping for the second straight victory after snapping their five-game losing streak.
Then the game against the Demon Deacons started, Chase Rettig and the offense turned the ball over on their first two possessions and Tanner Price found Michael Campanaro for three first-half scores to establish a lead the hosts wouldn’t relinquish.
“We were our own worst enemy yesterday,” BC coach Frank Spaziani said in his Sunday conference call with reporters. “Not taking anything away from Wake Forest, they did what they had to do. But we made entirely too many mistakes.
“We need to get that corrected before we make any progress.”
With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the ACC. They did start a new streak, however.
For the second straight year, the Eagles will not be bowl eligible.
Spaziani was asked how he’ll motivate his team for the final three games of the season.
“There’s a lot of motivation,” he said. “We play for a lot more reasons than just the obvious ones.
“We’ve got a lot of things going for us.”
He didn’t elaborate on either.
BC committed four turnovers (three interceptions by Rettig, one lost fumble) on Saturday, was only 4-for-12 on third-down conversions and finished with 12 yards rushing on 21 attempts. The Eagles lost starting running back Andre Williams to an abdominal injury in the first half, leaving true freshman David Dudeck as the only healthy backfield member.
Where does the running game go from here?
“It can only go up,” Spaziani said with a chuckle. “Andre is being evaluated today. He obviously didn’t finish yesterday and we’re not sure exactly what his medical status is right now. Next man in line, you know. We’ll just go down the batting order and take the running backs that we have and go to practice.”
Asked who exactly that is, considering Tahj Kimble is out for the season and Rolandan Finch hasn’t been on the two-deep for a couple of weeks, Spaziani named James McCaffrey, then Finch, then Josh Bordner and Mike Javorski.
McCaffrey is listed as a defensive back, Bordner is a quarterback and Javorski is a senior walk-on who was given a scholarship just this season.
Williams wasn’t the only starter to go down Saturday. The Eagles also lost right guard Ian White, who Spaziani said “didn’t look good yesterday.” The coach said he wasn’t sure of White’s status Sunday, but expected to know more by Monday.
Next up for banged-up Boston College? A date with a national TV audience.
No. 4 Notre Dame, still undefeated after a triple-overtime win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, comes to town next. The Fighting Irish (9-0) are trying to run the table, hoping for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Could the possibility of upsetting the Irish and ruining their perfect season be used as a driving force this week for the Eagles?
“We use everything that we possibly can,” Spaziani said.
To this point in the season, it hasn’t been enough.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.