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Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner
Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner
Posted Dec 20, 2007

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Connecticut (9-3) vs. Wake Forest (8-4)

Dec. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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2006 Boston Coll 25, Navy 24
2005 NC State 14, South Florida 0
2004 Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 Virginia 23, Pittsburgh 16
2002 Virginia 48, West Virginia 22

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Husky Bowl Moment: Connecticut’s lone bowl invitation was a stepping stone moment for a young program that hadn’t been competing in I-A very long.  Just three years after elevating from I-AA, the Huskies pounded Toledo in the 2004 Motor City Bowl, 39-10, behind the passing of star QB Dan Orlovsky and the play of an opportunistic and unheralded defense.

Best Demon Deacon Moment: 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.

Connecticut's best win ... Connecticut 22 ... South Florida 15
Connecticut took a 16-0 lead with Steve Brouse catching a three-yard touchdown pass and Scott Lutrus picking off a pass for a 23-yard score, and then in the rain and mud, had to hang on for deal life. South Florida roared back in the second half with two Delbert Alvarado field goals and a ten-yard Matt Grothe touchdown run, and then had a chance to win in the final minute getting down to the Husky 12. On fourth and goal, Grothe's final pass was incomplete, and UConn hung on. USF committed ten penalties for 79 yards, while UConn committed six for 39.
Player of the game: Connecticut RB Andre Dixon ran 32 times for 167 yards, and caught three passes for 42 yards
Stat Leaders: South Florida - Passing: Matt Grothe, 16-30, 189 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Matt Grothe, 25-146, 1 TD. Receiving: Jessie Hester, 6-50
Connecticut - Passing: Tyler Lorenzen, 13-25, 194 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Andre Dixon, 32-167. Receiving: D.J. Hernandez, 3-60

Connecticut's worst loss ... Cincinnati 27 ... Connecticut 3
Cincinnati stuffed Connecticut, holding the vaunted ground game to 22 yards, while Ben Mauk scored on an 11-yard run and threw two short first quarter touchdown passes on the was to the win. Mauk closed out the scoring with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Goodman early in the fourth quarter, and the UConn offense couldn't respond. The Huskies could only manage a 22-yard Tony Ciravino field goal.
Player of the game: Cincinnati QB Ben Mauk completed 21 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns, and ran nine times for 12 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Cincinnati - Passing: Ben Mauk, 21-33, 276 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Jacob Ramsey, 17-66. Receiving: Dominick Goodman, 8-127, 1 TD
Connecticut - Passing: Tyler Lorenzen, 18-37, 182 yds, 1 INT
Andre Dixon, 12-35. Receiving: Andre Dixon, 6-51

Wake Forest's best win ...
Wake Forest 24 ... Florida State 21
Kenneth Moore caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to put Wake Forest up 21-14 late in the fourth quarter, and Sam Swank put it away with a 48-yard field goal. Florida State made it interesting with a 17-yard Xavier Lee touchdown run with 17 seconds to play, but the Demon Deacons recovered the onside kick. Josh Adams started off the scoring with an 83-yard run, and tied it for Wake with a six-yard scoring grab in the third, while Lee threw two touchdown passes, highlighted by a four-yard jump ball to Greg Carr. The two teams combined for seven turnovers and 18 penalties.

Player of the game: Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Wake Forest - Passing: Riley Skinner, 19-27, 215 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Josh Adam, 18-140, 1 TD. Receiving: Josh Adams, 6-29, 1 TD
Florida State - Passing: Xavier Lee, 24-45, 283 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Antone Smith, 14-32. Receiving:
Greg Carr, 8-108, 1 TD

Wake Forest's worst loss ...
Nebraska 20 ... Wake Forest 17
Nebraska overcame three turnovers, including a critical interception, and had to hang on late to pull off the tight win. Marlon Lucky's 22-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter gave the Huskers the lead, but it took a Zackary Bowman interception in the end zone late in the fourth to preserve it. The two teams traded scores all day, with Wake Forest getting two short touchdown runs, and a 25-yard Sam Swank field goal, while the Huskers got two Alex Henery field goals along with a 25-yard touchdown catch from Sam Hill.

Player of the game:
Nebraska CB Zackary Bowman made seven tackles and a critical interception in the end zone
Stat Leaders: Nebraska - Passing: Sam Keller, 24-41, 258 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing: Marlon Lucky, 24-90, 1 TD. Receiving: Terrence Nunn, 6-83
Wake Forest - Passing: Brett Hodges, 12-24, 140 yds, 2 INTs
Rushing: Kenneth Moore, 8-116, 1 TD. Receiving: Kenneth Moore, 4-35

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Boston College 25 ... Navy 24

With the game seemingly in hand, Navy tried to run out the clock, but lost a Reggie Campbell fumble on an option pitch to give Boston College new life. The Eagles went 20 yards to get into field goal range, and Steve Aponavicius came through hitting a 37-yard shot as time ran out to redeem himself after missing an extra point on the first score of the game. The Eagles started off the scoring with a two-yard Matt Ryan touchdown run, but had to chase the missed conversion missing on a two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter that would've tied the score after a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Purvis. Navy's running game worked well, but threw to get two of its touchdowns with Tyree Barnes making a 31-yard grab in the first quarter and Jason Tomlinson making a 24-yard grab in the second. The Midshipmen ran for 322 yards including a five-yard Zerbin Singleton touchdown run in the second quarter. BC was held to just 73 rushing yards.

Player of the game ... Boston College QB Matt Ryan completed 20 of 29 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and ran for a score
Stat Leaders: Navy - Passing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 4-6, 77 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Shun White, 7-116  Receiving: Jason Tomlinson, 2-36, 1 TD
Boston College - Passing: Matt Ryan, 20-29, 242 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Andre Callender, 19-66  Receiving: Tony Gonzalez, 4-50

Connecticuot Bowl History (1-0)
2004 Motor City Connecticut 39, Toledo 10
Wake Forest Bowl History (4-3)
2007 Orange Louisville 24, Wake Forest 13
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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