Deacs Fall Short At Orange Bowl

Tuesday night, Wake Forest's dream season was bound to end, one way or the other. Unfortunately for the Demon Deacons, their season ended in defeat, losing 24-13 to #5 Louisville at the Orange Bowl.

Heading into Tuesday's showdown with Louisville, many pundits said Wake Forest did not have a chance. Some analysts believed that Louisville was far better than the Demon Deacons. ESPN's Lee Corso went as far as to emphatically exclaim that Wake Forest had "zero chance" against Louisville.

Tuesday, the Deacs proved otherwise, hanging with Louisville through 3 ½ quarters yet falling short in their bid to win their 12th game of the season. Although the Deacs held Louisville's explosive offense to 24 points, a couple of key conversions and big plays helped Louisville amass 457-yards of total offense.

"We gave up a couple of big plays that we should have capitalized on," Deacon free safety Josh Gattis said. "We definitely give credit to Louisville. We knew coming into the game that they're an explosive offense and capable of making big plays along the way."

Offensively, however, Wake Forest torched the Cardinals for 382-yards. Wake Forest's offense managed just 13 points, however, as the Deacs lost two fumbles while driving the field and had another pass intercepted.

Wake Forest hung tight with Louisville until the Cardinals put 14-points up in the 4th quarter to take an 11-point lead. The Cardinals picked up touchdowns of 1 and 18-yards to propel them to their 13th win of their 2006-2007 campaign.

Wake Forest finished their season with an 11-3 season and an ACC title.


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