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November 5, 2012

Revisiting the five keys

Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4 ACC) took one step closer to becoming bowl-eligible Saturday, Nov. 3 with its 28-14 win over Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC).

Deacons Illustrated breaks down Wake's performance in regard to the "Five keys."

1) Shake off the rest

Michael Campanaro appeared to be rusty and out of shape in the 42-13 loss to Clemson after missing three weeks of action due to a broken hand.

The redshirt junior from Baltimore rolled his ankle in practice last week, but did not let it keep him from taking his game to another level against Boston College. He pulled in 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns, making the memory of his injuries mere afterthoughts.

2) Run, run and run some more

It was far from effective, but the nonetheless Wake Forest maintained a semblance of a balanced offense by not abandoning its rushing attack. The Demon Deacons accumulated 116 yards on 32 carries, as Josh Harris led the way with 84 yards and a touchdown.

3) Pass-defense

The concept of pros and cons comes to mind in this category. While the Deacs intercepted three of Chase Rettig's passes and sacked him three times they did however allow him to throw for 357 yards and a touchdown.

4) Containing Williams

BC sustained a significant blow less than five minutes into the game when it lost running back Andre Williams, who is sixth in the ACC in rushing (584 yards and four touchdowns), to injury.

Wake proceeded to hold the Eagles to lackluster 12 yards rushing.

5) No mistakes

The Demon Deacons one turnover and nine penalties for 76 yards would have been impactful in most games, but Wake Forest was so superior to the lesser Eagles those mistakes proved to be inconsequential.


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