2007

Louisville 24
Wake Forest 13

January 2, 2007 – Dolphin Stadium
 
Conference Champions Collide
The 73rd Orange Bowl Classic was a contest between first-time participants, Wake Forest and Louisville.
 
The Cardinals fell behind 13-10 in the fourth quarter before their offense went into high gear. Touchdown drives of 81 and 71 yards on consecutive possessions sealed their first win in a major bowl since the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
 
Running back Anthony Allen scored two touchdowns, one on a trick play, and quarterback Brian Brohm threw for 311 yards and was named MOP to lead Louisville past Wake Forest 24-13.
 
The Demon Deacons trailed 10-3 at halftime but scored on their first possession of the third period when wide receiver Nate Morton slipped behind the Louisville secondary to catch a 30-yard touchdown pass from Riley Skinner.
 
Sam Swank made a 36-yard field goal to cap a 61- yard drive and put the Demon Deacons ahead 13- 10 early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals responded with an eight-play drive capped by Allen's 1-yard plunge for a 17-13 lead with 12:31 to go. They quickly forced a punt, and mounted a 10-play drive that ended with Brock Bolen's 18- yard scoring run.
 
No. 5 Louisville finished 12-1 to ensure the highest final ranking in school history. The No. 15 Demon Deacons slipped to 11-3, still their best season.
 

  Louisville WF
First Downs 23 18
Rushing Attempts 37 29
Rushing Yards 125 111
Passes Attempted 35 33
Passes Completed 25 21
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 332 271
Total Offense 457 382
Punts/Avg. 4/34.0 5/38.6
Fumbles/Lost  2/2 3/2
Penalties/Yards 1/5 3/30

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Louisville 0 10 0 14 - 24
Wake Forest 0 3 7 3 - 16

                                            
SCORING SUMMARY
WF: Swank 44-yard FG; LOU: Carmody 41-yard FG; LOU: Allen 21-yard pass from Carter (Carmody kick); WF: Morton 30-yard pass from Skinner (Swank kick); WF: Swank 36 yard FG; LOU: Allen 1-yard run (Carmody kick); LOU: Bolen 18-yard run (Carmody kick) MOP: Brian Brohm (Lousiville)
 
Louisville Head Coach: Bobby Petrino
Wake Forest Head Coach: Jim Grobe