The choice for the Best Worst Game of the Year has already been decided. There cannot possibly be any competition.
Wake Forest beat Boston College 3-0 on the road on Saturday afternoon, and the game was more of a debacle than you might imagine upon seeing the score.
Here is an attempt at summarizing what happened in the last two minutes of the game:
- Boston College drove 45 yards in a minute -- a rare feat in this game -- but on third-and-one at the Wake Forest eight-yard line, quarterback Troy Flutie fumbled a quarterback sneak. Wake Forest recovered at the four-yard line.
- Wake Forest ran two plays, then Matt Colburn fumbled on a third-and-three run from the 11-yard line. Boston College recovered with 56 seconds left and no timeouts.
- Boston College, trailing 3-0, ran two plays down to the one-yard line. With 17 seconds left, Tyler Rouse ran into the pile with the clock winding down, but it took several seconds for the pile of bodies to separate and for the ball to get spotted. The clock ran out as Boston College attempted to snap and spike the ball. Game over. Wake Forest wins 3-0.
Wake Forest won despite gaining 142 total yards and picking up just five first downs in the game. How did it win? Boston College converted only 2 of 14 third downs, lost three fumbles, threw an interception, completed 6 of 20 passes and missed two field goals. The two teams combined for 18 punts, with Wake Forest's Alexander Kinal averaging 49.3 yards on 10 punts.
It was a work of art -- spend a minute browsing the play-by-play -- that brought back shades of last year's 6-3 Wake Forest win over Virginia Tech in which the two teams went scoreless in regulation.
With starting quarterback Darius Wade and running back Jon Hilliman sidelined, Boston College has now scored a total of seven points in three ACC games. Wake Forest's last two ACC wins, meanwhile, have come by a total score of 9-3.