Winston-Salem, NC - It was Michael Campanaro's hand that hampered him the last three weeks, Saturday night his ankle, but the redshirt junior from Baltimore answered the bell with 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns in Wake Forest's (5-4, 3-4 ACC) 28-14 win over Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC).
All three of Campanaro's scores came in the first half, including a long of 27 yards.
"The first one it was a little five-yard sit route and both backers shot out, so I found a little crease and sat there and Tanner [Price] was able to fire it in there to me," Campanaro said. "The second one was a wheel route, which we got the perfect coverage, and Tanner threw it in the perfect spot. That last one we ran a fake screen to Scooby [Lovell Jackson]."
"We knew BC was going to be playing a lot of zone. They give you a lot of dumpoffs and they make you drive down the field. We had a great game-plan going in. Coach Lobo and Coach Elrod and Galloway, they cooked up something good. Our confidence going into the game was sky high. We went to a no-huddle this week. It was a lot of fun throwing the ball that many times."
Campanaro was not the only Demon Deacon stuffing the stat sheet, as Price completed 39-57 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns (all to Campanaro) to one interception.
"I feel real encouraged," Price said. "I think the offense that we had today it was a good offense. It was good to see guys catching the ball and then making plays."
It was the defense that often put the offense into position to make plays with the four turnovers it forced. Wake scored 14 points off turnovers, as the Deacs twice were given a short field to begin those possessions.
"I was really pleased with the defensive effort," Grobe said. "The turnovers that we forced were big."
Grobe added he was also proud of his defense's two fourth-down stop, including a stand at its own two-yard-line that ended with Justin Jackson tackling David Dudeck for a two-yard loss at the 12:40 mark of the fourth quarter.
"On the goal-line I felt we had the right play, but we just had poor execution," Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani said. "Also, that's what it looked like on the field. Our guys were fighting, but there was still something a little missing there."