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Orange Bowl Bowl Player Profile & More

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Posted Dec 14, 2006


2007 FedEx Orange Bowl Bowl Player Profile, History & More



Wake Forest (11-2) vs. Louisville (11-1)

January 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET, Fox

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Orange Bowl History
2006 Penn St 26, Florida St 23 (3OT)
2005 USC 55, Oklahoma 19
2004 Miami 16, Florida State 14
2003 USC 38, Iowa 17
2002 Florida 56, Maryland 23
2001 Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
2000 Michigan 35, Alabama 34 (OT)
1999 Florida 31, Syracuse 10
1998 Nebraska 42, Tennessee 17
1997 Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21
1996 Florida St 31, Notre Dame 26
1995 Nebraska 24, Miami 17
1994 Florida State 18, Nebraska 16
1993 Florida State 27, Nebraska 14
1992 Miami 22, Nebraska 0
1991 Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9
1990 Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6
1989 Miami 23, Nebraska 3
1988 Miami 20, Oklahoma 14
1987 Oklahoma 42, Arkansas 8
1986 Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
1985 Washington 28, Oklahoma 17
1984 Miami 31, Nebraska 30
1983 Nebraska 21, LSU 20
1982 Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
1981 Oklahoma 18, Florida State 17
1980 Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
1979 Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
1978 Arkansas 31, Oklahoma 0
1977 Ohio State 27, Colorado 10
1976 Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
1975 Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11
1974 Penn State 16, LSU 9
1973 Nebraska 40, Notre Dame 6
1972 Nebraska 38, Alabama 6
1971 Nebraska 17, LSU 12
1970 Penn State 10, Missouri 3
1969 Penn State 15, Kansas 14
1968 Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24
1967 Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12
1966 Alabama 39, Nebraska 28
1965 Texas 21, Alabama 17
1964 Nebraska 13, Auburn 7
1963 Alabama 17, Oklahoma 0
1962 LSU 25, Colorado 7
1961 Missouri 21, Navy 14
1960 Georgia 14, Missouri 0
1959 Oklahoma 21, Syracuse 6
1958 Oklahoma 48, Duke 21
1957 Colorado 27, Clemson 21
1956 Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6
1955 Duke 34, Nebraska 7
1954 Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0
1953 Alabama 61, Syracuse 6
1952 Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14
1951 Clemson 15, Miami  14
1950 Santa Clara 21, Kentucky 13
1949 Texas 41, Georgia 28
1948 Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14
1947 Rice 8, Tennessee 0
1946 Miami 13, Holy Cross 6
1945 Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
1944 LSU 19, Texas A&M 14
1943 Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1942 Georgia 40, TCU 26
1941 Mississippi State 14, Georgetown 7
1940 Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7
1939 Tennessee 17, Oklahoma 0
1938 Auburn 6, Michigan State 0
1937 Duquesne 13, Mississippi State 12
1936 Catholic 20, Mississippi 19
1935 Bucknell 26, Miami  0

By Richard Cirminiello

Orange Bowl Player Profile
DT Amobi Okoye, Louisville – Never before in the history of intercollegiate sports has the term “man-child” been more apropos than when describing Okoye.  The native of Nigeria, who moved to Huntsville, Ala. with his family, tested into ninth grade at the age of 12, setting in motion one of the strangest stories in college football over the past few years.  Knowing next to nothing about the sport, Okoye tried his hand at football as a high school sophomore, quickly developing into one of the state’s top defensive lineman and attracting attention from Division I programs.  He signed with Louisville at the age of 15, played his first college game at 16 and at 19, when most athletes are just beginning their careers, Okoye is putting a bow on his as an All-American with a very bright future in the NFL.  In a sport that covets athletic run-stuffers, he’s an ideal blend of size, strength and quickness wrapped in an explosive upfield burst that collapses pockets and requires the attention of more than one blocker.  Blessed with an inordinate amount of confidence and maturity, he’s also tackled the books at Louisville like they were undersized kickers.  While many students take five years or longer to obtain a degree, Okoye needed just 3½ years to graduate this month with a degree in psychology no less.  He’s gotten better and better each season with the Cardinals, but still has plenty of room for growth, an exciting concept for whichever team drafts him next April.  Just seven years after leaving Africa for a new life, the child has grown into a man and one heck of a force in the middle of the Louisville defensive line.                  

Best Demon Deacon Bowl Moment – Wake Forest’s last bowl game was also its most impressive postseason effort.  Given little chance for victory in the 2002 Seattle Bowl, the Demon Deacons routed favored Oregon 38-17 behind a balanced offensive attack that featured 256 yards on the ground and 241 yards through the air.  Game MVP James MacPherson ran for a score and passed for two touchdowns and 241 yards on just 9-of-16 passing.  

Best Cardinal Bowl Moment – Behind a record-setting day from Browning Nagle, Howard Schnellenberger’s 1990 team ended a 13-year bowl dry spell by pounding Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl.  Nagle threw for 451 yards and three touchdown passes in a shockingly easy 34-7 win that garnered Louisville a heavy dose of national respect and notoriety.

Louisville's best win ... Louisville 44 ... West Virginia 34
In a shootout with the two teams combining for 1,008 yards, Louisville turned the game around early in the second half with a 13-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Malik Jackson and a 40-yard punt return for a score from Trent Guy. Each offense was unstoppable as West Virginia, even without a banged up Steve Slaton in the third quarter, ran for 318 yards with Pat White scoring four times. Louisville got two Anthony Allen touchdown runs and kept the pressure up in the second half with a seven-yard Mario Urrutia touchdown catch. Slaton tore off a 42-yard run for an early 7-3 lead, but suffered an arm injury that kept him out for two drives.

Louisville's worst loss ... Rutgers 28 ... Louisville 25
With the game tied at 25, Rutgers PK Jeremy Ito missed a 28-yard field goal attempt with :13 to play. Louisville was flagged for an offsides penalty, Ito got another chance, and hit it right down the middle to complete an 18-point comeback. The Cardinals got up 25-7 in the first half on a two-yard Anthony Allen run and a five-yard Jimmy Riley touchdown run, and answered a 26-yard Tiquan Underwood touchdown that tied it at seven with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score from JaJuan Spillman. Ray Rice ran for an 18-yard score late in the first half to start off Rutgers' run, and then ran for a four-yard score in the third quarter to pull within three. A 46-yard Ito field goal tied it, but it was the 11-play, 80-yard drive with a key 26-yard catch-and-run on third and six from Brian Leonard to get in Louisville territory, and then Rice ripped off 20 yards to get into field goal range.
 

Wake Forest's best win ...
Wake Forest 30 ... Florida State 0
Wake Forest held Florida State to 139 yards of total offense and won easily with Sam Swank field goals from 20, 25 and 51 yards out, a 18-yard touchdown catch from John Tereshinski on the first play after an interception, and a 33-yard touchdown run from Richard Belton to turn it into a laugher. Kevin Patterson ended any and all Seminole hope with a 48-yard interception return for a score. The Seminole quarterbacks combined to complete nine of 28 pass with both Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee throwing two picks.

Wake Forest's worst loss ...
Virginia Tech 27 ... Wake Forest 6
Virginia Tech lost star RB Branden Ore early to an ankle injury, but got an efficient game from Sean Glennon with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Josh Morgan and a 49-yard scoring pass to Eddie Royal for a 14-3 lead. The Tech defense got into the act with a 35-yard fumble return for a score from Xavier Adibi, while Brandon Pace hit field goals from 42 and 35 yards out. Wake Forest only managed 257 yards of offense and two Sam Swank field goals.


2006 Orange Bowl
Penn State 26 ... Florida State 23 3OT

After three overtimes and several missed kicks from both sides, Penn State's Kevin Kelly finally hit one sneaking a 29-yarder inside the upright to end the marathon. FSU PK Gary Cismesia, who missed an extra point in the second quarter after a 57-yard Lorenzo Booker touchdown run, forced overtime with a 48-yard shot with 4:08 to play. In the first overtime, both Cismesia and Kelly missed field goal attempts. In the second overtime, Florida State answered a one-yard touchdown run from PSU's Austin Scott with a one-yard B.J. Dean touchdown. In the third OT, Cismesia's field goal attempt nailed the right upright before Kelly connected. Scott had started the scoring on a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but FSU got back in the game in the second on a 87-yard punt return for a touchdown from Willie Reid.
Player of the game: Penn State RB Austin Scott ran 26 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Penn State - Passing: Michael Robinson, 21-39, 253 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Austin Scott, 26-110, 2 TD. Receiving: Jordan Norwood, 6-110
Florida State - Passing: Drew Weatherford, 24-43, 258 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Leon Washington, 6-30, Receiving: Leon Washington 6-24


Louisville Bowl History (5-7-1)
2005 Gator Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24
2004 Liberty Louisville 44, Boise State 40
2003 GMAC Miami Univ. 49, Louisville 28
2002 GMAC Marshall 38, Louisville 15
2001 Liberty Louisville 28, BYU 10
2000 Liberty Southern Miss 22, Louisville 17
1999 Humanitarian Boise State 34, Louisville 31
1998 Motor City Marshall 48, Louisville 29
1993 Liberty Louisville 18, Michigan State 7
1990 Fiesta Louisville 34, Alabama 7
1977 Independence Louisiana Tech 24, Louisville 14
1970 Pasadena Louisville 24, Long Beach 24 (tie)
1957 Sun Louisville 34, Drake 20
Wake Forest Bowl History (4-2)
2002 Seattle Wake Forest 38, Oregon 17
1999 Aloha Classic Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
1992 Independence Wake Forest 39, Oregon 35
1979 Tangerine LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
1948 Dixie Baylor 20, Wake Forest 7
1945 Gator Wake Forest 26, South Carolina 14












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