BOSTON — Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson had no complaints about sharing the screen on his postgame video call.
“Say hello to our new friend,” he said, holding up the ACC’s Atlantic Division trophy after the No. 21 Demon Deacons beat Boston College 41-10 to advance to the conference title game.
“We knew what was at stake. It was as big of a game as we’ve coached and played in,” Clawson said. “We knew what we had to do.”
Sam Hartman threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday as the Demon Deacons earned the right to play Pittsburgh next weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
It would be Wake Forest’s first ACC title since 2006, which was also the only other time in more than a century of football that it has won 10 or more games.
“We’ve got a game next week, and our goal was to be the ACC champions,” Clawson said. “There’s still meat on the bone. There’s still a lot to play for. We’re happy, but we’re certainly not satisfied.”
While NC State hoped for a BC win that would deliver the division crown to the Wolfpack, the Demon Deacons opened an early 14-0 lead and scored the last 24 points of the game.
With the backups in for a few final kneel-downs, Wake Forest players and coaches hugged on the sidelines before taking their celebration to the field. Clawson received the requisite ice water bath, then the players slapped hands with the fans behind their bench before posing for pictures in front of the goalposts and scoreboard.
“It was a cool moment to share with our fans, people that traveled or are here in Boston,” Hartman said. “It was a great moment for Wake Forest, and for our football team and the guys that have been here all year.”
Hartman ran it in from seven yards out midway through the first quarter and made it 14-0 on a 33-yard pass to A.T. Perry. It was 17-10 late in the second when Brandon Sebastian intercepted Hartman in the end zone. But BC went three-and out and Wake Forest scored on Hartman’s 7-yard pass to Perry just before halftime.
BC (6-6, 2-6) ran off four three-and-outs in the second half — interrupted only by an interception. Wake Forest extended its lead with a field goal, a 3-yard run by Christian Turner that made it 34-10 and Hartman’s 2-yard pass to Blake Whiteheart.
Hartman completed 20 of 32 passes for 236 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards. Perry caught four passes for 81 yards and two scores.
Phil Jurkovec was 3 for 11 passing for 19 yards for one touchdown and two interceptions, but he also led the Eagles with 66 yards rushing.
The Demon Deacons snapped Clemson’s streak of six straight Atlantic Division titles. They have only appeared in the ACC championship game once, beating Georgia Tech in 2006.
Clemson and NC State also had a chance at the ACC title game entering the weekend. The Wolfpack beat North Carolina on Friday night to eliminate Clemson, but they needed a Wake Forest loss.