Orange Bowl: Notes & Numbers

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Orange Bowl Notes

Broadcast Team: The Fox Sports broadcast crew will consist of Matt Vasgersian, who will anchor game coverage and handle play-by-play duties, Terry Donahue, Pat Haden and sideline reporter Laura Okmin.

Series History: This will be the first meeting between Louisville and Wake Forest. It is also the first Orange Bowl appearnce for each program.

Stadium: Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Fla., has a seating capacity of 72,320 and features a natural grass playing surface.

Coaches: Bobby Petrino is 40-9 as the head coach at the University of Louisville. Demon Deacon head coach Jim Grobe has compiled a 37-34 record at Wake Forest. Petrino currently ranks forth in winning percentage (.816) among active Division I head coaches, trailing only Pete Carroll (USC), Urban Meyer (Florida) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma).

U of L Game Notes

The Cardinals have scored 30 or more points in 38 of 49 games under head coach Bobby Petrino and have won 36 of those outings.

Louisville receivers Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia have combined for 2.029 receiving yards this season, making them the third-best duo in the nation. Urrutia needs just 71 yards to join Douglas as a 1,000-yard receiver. Urrutia currently ranks third among active players in career yards per reception with an average of 19.3.

Continuing to prove that U of L football isn't just a high-powered offense, the Cardinals defense ranks third in the country with an average of 3.42 sacks per game. The Cardinals have totaled 40 sacks on the season.

U of L is 16-3 against non-conference opponents under Petrino, including a perfect 5-0 mark this season.

Junior quarterback Brian Brohm is 17-3 (85.0) as the Cardinals starter. Brohm, who missed two games this season due to an injured thumb on his throwing hand, has been nearly untouchable during the Cardinals final final three games of the season. The Louisville Trinity product was sacked just once in the last three outings. During that stretch he has completed 66.7 percent of his pass attempts and threw for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Freshman running back Anthony Allen has played remarkably throughout the season, rushing for 395 yards on 89 carries. His 12 rushing touchdowns is the most by a freshman in school history.

Team Statistics

Category

Louisville

Wake Forest

Rushing Offense

190.33

152.92

Passing Offense

286.50

148.31

Total Offense

476.83

301.23

Scoring Offense

38.92

22.23

Rushing Defense

104.25

104.31

Passing Defense

211.08

207.85

Total Defense

315.33

312.15

Scoring Defense

16.58

14.69

Net Punting

33.62

38.18

Punt Returns

7.03

11.93

Kickoff Returns

20.67

20.72

Turnover Margin

.08

1.08

Sacks

3.42

2.31

Tackles For Loss

6.75

5.62

Total Interceptions

11

22


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