Cardinals Win Hard-fought Orange Bowl
by Mike Mitchell
Louisville scored the last 14 points of the game to upend Wake Forest 24-13 in the Orange Bowl as both teams made their first appearance in a BCS game.
The two teams battled to a 10-10 first-after three quarters and Wake Forest took the lead with 14:46 left in the game on Sam Swank's 36-yard field goal. That kick came one series after the Cardinals' Lou Groza award-winner for best kicker, Art Carmody, missed a 32-yard attempt.
Louisville wasted little time overcoming the slim deficit as Brian Brohm needed just eight plays and a little over two minutes to drive his team 81 yards. Anthony Allen's second touchdown on 1-yard run put the Cardinals on top 17-13. Brohm went 4-for-5 for 66 yards on the drive.
Wake Forest was forced to punt on their next series after the Demon Deacons failed to muster a first down, and Brohm went right back to work. An 18-yard touchdown run by Brock Bolen capped an 81-yard drive in which Brohm went 5-for-6 for 55 yards and Louisville had a 24-13 lead with 4:57 left.
Riley Skinner, the Wake Forest freshman quarterback who played brilliantly all night, maneuvered his team to the Louisville 36-yard line but that's where the Deacs' chances for an upset faded into oblivion. William Gay intercepted Skinner's pass at the 11-yard live and Louisville was able to run off all but the final 13 seconds of the clock.
Brohm threw for 312 yards but the only touchdown pass for the Cardinals was thrown by Patrick Carter, a receiver. The lone touchdown of the first half by either team was the result of a gadget play that had Brohm pass to Carter behind the line of scrimmage, and Carter throw a 21-yard pass to Allen for his first
score of the night.
Harry Douglas, the Cardinals' leading receiver, stepped up with 10 catches for 165 yards.
Skinner completed 21-of-33 passes for 271 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT for Wake Forest.
Louisville improved to 2-3 in bowl games under Bobby Petrino and the Big East champions finished the season at 10-1.
Wake Forest had a three-bowl winning streak snapped with its first loss since the 1979 Tangerine Bowl. The ACC Champions completed the season 11-3.