Orange Bowl: Game Notes - First Half

Game notes from the first half of the Orange Bowl in Florida. At the half, Louisville leads the Deacs 10-3.

• Wake Forest was designated the home team for the game against Louisville

• Temperature at start was 75 degrees with partly cloudy skies and winds from the north at 10 miles per hour

• In the starting lineups, John Russell started on Tuesday night in place of Zach Stukes while Anthony Davis replaced Jeremy Thompson. Thompson and Stukes both played later in the first quarter.

• Wake Forest captains for the Orange Bowl were Steve Vallos, Josh Gattis, Jyles Tucker; Wake's honorary captain was Arnold Palmer while Muhammed Ali was the honorary captain for Louisville; Wake Forest won the toss and elected to receive.

• As with their opening kickoff return at the ACC Championship game, the Deacs had trouble on the opening kickoff, catching the kick as it was going out of bounds on the 12. The Deacs did move the ball 26-yards to the 38 before punting on their first possession, however.

• Louisville picked up three first downs on their first drive before fumbling. Deacon linebacker Aaron Curry forced the fumble and cornerback Kevin Paterson recovered the fumble for the Deacs.

• At the end of the first quarter, the Deacs and Louisville were tied 0-0.

• Wake Forest and Louisville both put together just three first downs apiece in the first quarter. Louisville had 34 total yards while the Deacs managed 24.

• The Deacs got on the scoreboard first in the Orange Bowl, scoring on a 44-yard field goal by All-ACC kicker Sam Swank. Louisville All-American kicker Art Carmody answered with a 41-yard field goal later in the first half.

• #70, Deacon OL Chris DeGeare bruised his ankle but returned in the 2nd quarter

• Louisville's first touchdown was also the first touchdown the Demon Deacons have given up in 96:45. The last Demon Deacon touchdown given up came at the12:54 mark of the 4th quarter at Maryland on November 25th.

• When Louisville's Patrick Carter completed the 21-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Allen in the 2nd quarter, he became the 1st non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the Orange Bowl since 1982.

• At halftime, Louisville had out gained Wake Forest 149-yards to 130-yards. Louisville and Wake Forest both managed nine first downs.

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