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Wake Forest Orange Bowl post-game notes

Posted Wednesday, January 3, 2007

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Louisville 24, Wake Forest 13
January 2, 2007 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami, Fla.

Today's Captains:
Today's captains were seniors Josh Gattis and Steve Vallos. Wake Forest won the toss and elected to receive. The Cardinals kicked off. The Deacons entered the game with a 6-1 record when winning the coin toss.

The Wake Forest Loss Tonight...
... makes Wake Forest 11-3 to end the year.
... snaps Wake Forest's two-game winning streak.
... makes Wake Forest 0-2 all-time in January bowl games.
... extends the ACC's losing streak in the Orange Bowl to six games.
... gives Wake Forest its first loss away from Groves Stadium this year (7-1).
... breaks Wake Forest's three-game winning streak in neutral site games.
... gives Louisville a 1-0 lead in the series.
... makes Wake Forest 3-3 all-time in Miami (3-2 vs. Hurricanes).
... breaks Wake Forest's two-game Florida winning streak.
... extends Wake Forest's losing streak against top-five teams to 30 games (1-30).
... makes Wake Forest 17-101-1 all-time against top 25 foes, 3-15 under Grobe.
... drops Jim Grobe's Wake Forest record to 0-1 against Bobby Petrino-coached Louisville teams.
... drops Grobe's Wake Forest record to 37-35 and his career record to 70-68-1 in 12 years
... drops Grobe's Wake Forest neutral site record to 2-1.
... drops Grobe's Wake Forest January record to 0-1.
... drops Grobe's Wake Forest record in night games to 14-11 including 5-2 this season.
... drops Wake Forest's all-time record to 389-575-33.

Updating The Grobe Era Record Book...
... Wake Forest's 111 rushing yards were the 9th-fewest in the Grobe era and the least since the Deacons rushed for 91 in the ACC Championship Game.
... Wake Forest's 271 passing yards were the 3rd-most in the Grobe era and the most since Sept. 11, 2004 when the Deacons threw for 344 at East Carolina
... Wake Forest's 21 completions tied for the 3rd-most in the Grobe era, the most since Sept. 9, 2006 when the Deacons completed 22 against Duke.
... Wake Forest's 4 third down conversions tied for the 9th-fewest in the Grobe era, the least since the Deacons convered 4 in the ACC Championship Game.
... Riley Skinner's 33 passing attempts were a career-high and tied for the 3rd-most in the Grobe era, the most since Nov. 5, 2005 vs. Georgia Tech when Cory Randolph threw 33 times.
... Riley Skinner's 21 completions tied for the 3rd-most in the Grobe era, the most since Skinner completed 22 against Duke on Sept. 9, 2006.
... Riley Skinner's 271 passing yards were a career-high and the 3rd-most in the Grobe era, the most since Cory Randolph threw for 344 at East Carolina on Sept. 11, 2004.
... Jon Abbate's 13 tackles tied for the 7th-most in the Grobe era, the most since Abbate's 15 in the ACC Championship Game.
... Louisville's 332 passing yards were the 7th-most by an opponent in the Grobe era, the most since Boston College threw for 402 on Nov. 11, 2006.
... Brian Brohm's 311 passing yards were the 2nd-most by a Deacon opponent this season (402 by BC's Matt Ryan on Nov. 4, 2006) and hte 13th-most in the Grobe era.
... Harry Douglas caught 10 passes, tying Shaun Feldeisen of Connecticut (Nov. 15, 2003) for the most receptions by a Deacon opponent in the Grobe era.
... Harry Douglas' 165 receiving yards were the most by a Deacon opponent this year, the 4th-most by a Deacon opponent in the Grobe era and the most since Jerrico Cotchery had 173 for NC State on Sept. 6, 2003.
... Abe Brown's 3.5 tackles for loss tied for the 2nd-most by a Deacon opponent in the Grobe era and the most since Connecticut's D. Moore had 6.5 against the Deacons on Sept. 16, 2006.

Starting Notes...
The following seniors started their last games as Demon Deacons: Steve Vallos (48 starts), Patrick Ghee (36), Josh Gattis (33), Jyles Tucker (30), Nate Morton (28), Arby Jones (24), Willie Idlette (22), Riley Swanson (20) and Jamil Smith (15). Redshirt freshman defensive tackle John Russell started his first career game.

Deacons Get First Turnover...
Wake Forest got the game's first turnover when Kevin Patterson fell on Anthony Allen's fumble. Aaron Curry forced it, his second forced fumble of the year.

Scoreless And Tied After One...
The game was tied after one quarter at 0-0, the first time that happened this season. Wake Forest has been tied after one quarter on three occasions this year, all wins -- Syracuse, UNC and Maryland.

Smith Gets A Piece Of A Punt...
Alphonso Smith tipped a Louisville punt that traveled only 14 yards. It set up a short field for the Deacon offense that resulted in a field goal.

Deacons Score First...
Sam Swank's 44-yard gave the Deacons the first points of the game. It was the ninth time this season that Wake Forest scored first and the Deacons entered the game when an 8-0 record in those situations.

One-Yard Scoring Drives...
The 44-yard field goal was a scoring drive of four plays spanning one yard. It was the third time this season Wake Forest had a scoring drive of one year (at Ole Miss -- Rinfrette touchdown run and at FSU -- Swank FG). It was the ninth scoring drive of 20 yards or less for the Deacons.

First Touchdown...
The Louisville touchdown in the second quarter was the first touchdown allowed by the Deacons in 96 minutes, 54 seconds, dating back to the fourth quarter of the Maryland game (12:54). The Deacons didn't allow Georgia Tech to get into the endzone.

Tucker Sacks Brohm...
Jyles Tucker's second quarter sack of Brian Brohm gave him a season total of 4.5, second-highest on the team.

Trailing At Half....
Louisville led Wake Forest 10-3 at the half, including 1-1 when trailing at half. The Deacons were losing 10-0 to Duke rallied to win, 14-13. Wake Forest trailed Virginia Tech, 7-3 and eventually lost 27-6. Wake Forest is 6-23 overall under Grobe when trailing at the break.

The Fonz Sacks Brohm....
Alphonso Smith's third quarter sack was his fourth of the year.

Deacons End Touchdown Draught....
Riley Skinner's 30-yard touchdown pass to Nate Morton early in the third quarter ended a touchdown draught of 100 minutes and 47 seconds. The last Deacon touchdown came with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter at Maryland on November 25 -- a 1-yard run by Rich Belton.

Mr. Versatile....
Morton's touchdown catch was his fourth of the season and seventh of his career. But Morton has thrown for three touchdowns and rushed for two in his career.

Patterson Gets In On Another Fumble....
Kevin Patterson ripped the ball away from Mario Urrutia at the Wake Forest 29 yardline and Jon Abbate recovered it. It was Louisville's second turnover of the game. It was Patterson's first forced fumble of the year and Abbate's first fumble recovery of the year.

DeGeare Out With Ankle Injury....
Offensive guard Chris DeGeare injured an ankle in the first quarter and did not return. Redshirt freshman Barrett McMillin saw the majority of snaps in DeGeare's place.

Tied After Three...
Wake Forest and Louisville were tied at the end of the third quarter at 10. The Deacons have only been tied after three quarters once under Grobe -- the ACC Championship game that was tied at three.

Abbate Gets Into Double Figures...
Today's game marked the 12th time in 35 career games that Jon Abbate has registered double digit tackles. That includes six 10-plus tackle performances in 2006.

 
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