1:00 PM ET, August 30, 2003
Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College took another late hit from the Atlantic Coast Conference, losing to Wake Forest 32-28 on Cory Randolph's 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 left Saturday.
In late June, the ACC changed its plan to add Big East teams Boston College and Syracuse and chose Virginia Tech instead, starting in the 2004 season. The ACC already had decided to add Miami from the Big East.
Just as BC's early hopes faded then, they disappeared after it took a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter of the opener for both teams.
Trailing 28-25, Wake Forest got the ball with 2:24 left. Just 37 seconds later, Randolph ended a 75-yard drive with his pass to Chris Davis. BC missed an excellent opportunity on the first play of the drive when Jazzmen Williams had a good shot at an interception.
But the Eagles, who hurt themselves with 14 penalties and three lost fumbles, weren't finished yet.
Starting at the 50 after the kickoff, they moved to a second-and-2 at the Wake Forest 24. But Quinton Porter fumbled the snap, picked the ball up and threw a pass that was batted back at him.
Rather than knock the ball down for an incompletion, he caught it, and it was jarred loose for a fumble that was recovered by Quintin Williams, ending BC's chances.
The Eagles took a 14-0 lead on touchdown passes of 8 yards from Porter to David Kashetta and 16 yards from Paul Peterson to Sean Ryan. Warren Braxton's 53-yard fumble return made it 14-6 at halftime and another big play by Wake Forest, a 75-yard run on a reverse by Willie Idlette, cut the lead to 14-12 early in the third quarter.
Then a mistake by the Demon Deacons allowed the Eagles to go up 21-12. With a third down at the Wake Forest 9, Porter threw an incompletion but a defensive pass interference penalty gave BC the ball at the 2. On the next play, Porter ran in for the touchdown.
Wake Forest started cutting into the lead when Cornelius Birgs scored on a 25-yard run, making it 21-19 with 13:56 left in the game. It went ahead for the first time with 6:44 remaining on a 4-yard pass from Randolph to Jason Anderson.
The Eagles got the ball back with 6:35 left and marched 89 yards to a 5-yard touchdown run by Derrick Knight with 2:24 remaining, going up 28-25.
But Wake Forest, outgained 186 yards to 46 in the first half, had one last drive. Randolph completed four of his five passes on it, capped by Davis' winning catch.
Randolph, in his first career start for Wake Forest, completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
For BC, Porter went 22-for-39 for 243 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, while Knight gained 144 yards on 30 carries.