Wake Forest used a stout defense, an MVP performance from Kenny Moore, and an impressive performance from Riley Skinner to recover from a 10-0 halftime deficit and top the Huskies in Charlotte.
Behind a punt return for a touchdown and a field goal, the Huskies amassed a 10-0 lead heading into halftime. "We went in at halftime and just challeneged out kids to play better," Coach Grobe said postgame. "I'm proud because we didn't have any panic in the players at halftime. There wasn't a lot of yelling and screaming, our coaches just did some nice things and I was pleased with the plan we had coming out in the 2nd half."
That second half plan included a continuing effort to get the ball into the Demon Deacons' top playmaker, Kenneth Moore. A senior from Charlotte, Moore returned to his hometown with an 11 reception, 112-yard day in earning him Meineke Car Care Bowl MVP honors.
"Today was great to see him play after play," Grobe said. "Some of the play weren't real easy to make. We're a team, we couldn't have gotten through it without Kenny out there."
With Moore's effort and Demon Deacon quarterback Riley Skinner completing 29-38 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown, Wake Forest posted 24 second half points. Josh Adams and Micah Andrews ran for touchdowns of 38 and 9 yards, respectively and John Tereshinksi caught a 20-yard touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons.
Grobe was also impressed with the Coach Dean Hood's defensive unit. "Defensively, I thought we played about as good as we could," Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe said after the game. That defense held UConn without a touchdown, the first time a Wake Forest defense has held an opponent without an offensive touchdown since the ACC Championship Game in 2006.
The victory improves Wake Forest to 9-4 on the season and gives Wake Forest 20 total wins in the last two seasons. "20 wins in two years for 'Little ol Wake Forest' isn't too bad," Grobe noted. "We felt like we were coming in here to play to win and I felt like our seniors gave us great leadership...I couldn't be more proud of our guys. We're going to miss these [seniors.] We've got a lot of great players, Kenny being one of them, but more than anything else, we've got a lot of great guys on this team."