Behind a six-touchdown day by quarterback Sam Hartman, Wake Forest cruised to a comfortable 43-15 win over Boston College. The redshirt junior completed 25 of 40 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns — the sixth TD came from a two-yard run to the end zone.
“When we play well, you have fun,” Hartman said after the game. “When you execute at a high level, like we have for the last few weeks, it’s a lot more fun. I sit in my chair and watch the boys celebrate. Seeing the smiles on those guys’ faces does it for me.”
Despite Hartman’s impressive numbers, he’s not always grouped with the other top quarterbacks in college football.
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“He’s a very, very good quarterback,” added Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson. “I think he’s funny, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Last year, he was the second-team All ACC quarterback. The first-team guy was drafted and somehow entered the season as the fifth-best quarterback by some people in the ACC. That is so disrespectful to what he is doing and what he has achieved.”
“There isn’t another quarterback in the country that I’d rather have,” Clawson continued. “I think he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the entire country. How they don’t mention him in the Heisman stuff: he looks at what he’s done during his career and what he’s done this year. The beauty of Sam is that he doesn’t even care. He just wants to win.”
Now 6-1, Wake Forest is eligible to bowl before early November.
“It’s great to be a part of this,” Hartman said. “He is trying to remind young people that this is not normal, that it has not always been this way.”
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Regardless, Wake Forest is now focused on bigger things. Bowl eligibility is not the ultimate goal.
“It’s great to see [now], if someone told me four years ago that they will wait for someone else in their conference to lose so they can go to an ACC Championship,” said DE Rondell Bothroyd. “The standard is that now. Bowl eligibility, nobody really cares.”
The dominant victory over the Eagles was led by strong performances throughout the wide receiver room. Taylor Morin caught two touchdowns and rising star Jahmal Banks led the way with 7 receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Banks has taken on an expanded role this season and now holds the sole lead in receiving touchdowns in the ACC with 7.
“It was a journey,” Banks said. “I came in like a sponge, ready to soak up all that information. All the talent that came before me — AT [Perry] and Donavon Greene. The trip really humbled me and allowed me to go through the struggles to find out things about myself that I didn’t know.”
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Aside from a 61-yard touchdown pass to Zay Flowers, Wake Forest’s defense dominated throughout the game. Along with 9 TFL, the Deacs sacked Phil Jurkovec twice and forced two fumbles.
“I think preparation is the most important thing,” Bothroyd said. “This week, we emphasize playing hard. Executing the game plan is what it really comes down to: guys just play their hearts out no matter the opponent.”
The Deacs achieved their main goal, which is the same every week: going 1-0. If this team can continue to take care of business and retain its identity, something special could be cooking in Winston-Salem.
“I think this is a legendary team,” Banks said. “That’s why we focused on that mindset. We focus on the present. Don’t get caught up in the past, paradise is in the moment.”
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