Meineke Car Care Bowl Game Notes

DeaconSports.com
Posted Dec 30, 2007


Notes, facts, and figures from Wake Forest's 24-10 win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.

• Kristin Lobotzke, wife of Demon Deacon offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke, gave birth to a daughter, Gia Maria Lobotzke, at 10:58pm Friday night. Coach Lobo returned to Charlotte around 1:30am Saturday morning.
• Wake Forest’s captains on Saturday were seniors Steve Justice, Kenneth Moore and Jeremy Thompson
• Starters for the Deacs on offense were Riley Skinner, Josh Adams, De’Angelo Bryant, Chip Brinkman, Kenny Moore, Zac Selmon, Louis Frazier, Matt Brim, Steve Justice, Chris DeGeare, and Jeff Griffin
• Defensive starters were Matt Robinson, Boo Roinson, Zach Stukes, Jeremy Thompson, Aaron Curry, Stanley Arnoux, Chantz McClinic, Alphonso Smith, Chip Vaughn, Kevin Patterson, and Brandon Ghee
• Wake Forest won the toss and deferred to the 2nd half. UConn received the opening kickoff
• On the Deacons’ first offensive play, Kenny Moore caught a screen for seven yards. That catch for Moore tied him as the ACC all-time single season reception leader
• With 9:26 left in the first half, Alphonso Smith caught his first pass of his career on offense, a 12-yard screen and run. Smith later caught two more passes and ended the day with 13 yards receiving
• UConn’s Larry Taylor returned a punt 68-yards with 2:38 left in the first half to give UConn a 7-0 lead. The punt return was the first punt return by a Wake Forest opponent since November 20, 2004, a punt that was actually blocked and returned for a score. It was Taylor’s fourth punt return for a touchdown in his career, a school record, and his second 68-yard touchdown return in a bowl of his career.
• With just over 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter, Kenny Moore caught his second pass of the game and 89th of the season, a new ACC single season receptions record. He surpassed former N.C. State receiver Torry Holt’s previous mark of 88 receptions set in 1998. Moore finished the season with 98 total catches.
• Connecticut led Wake Forest 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Wake Forest played stout defense in the first quarter as UConn did not run a single play in Wake Forest territory in the first quarter and picked up just 25-yards on offense and one first down. Offensively, Wake Forest picked up 4 first downs and 64 total yards.
• The game’s first turnover came with 7:21 left in the 2nd quarter as UConn free safety Robert Vaughn picked off a Riley Skinner pass intended for Kenneth Moore. The interception was Vaughn’s 7th of the season.
• UConn’s next play was a 58-yard run by running back Donald Brown to the Wake Forest 33 yard line. The run was the longest offensive play from scrimmage of the day and the longest run Wake Forest had given up since the Deacs gave up a 62-yard run to Re’quan Boyette on October 6th of this season.
• UConn added to their lead with a field goal by Tony Ciaravino with 5:00 left in the first half to go up 10-0.
• In the second quarter of the Meineke Car Care Bowl, Kenny Moore also set the Wake Forest record for all-purpose yards in a season. He finished with 1,854, breaking the previous record held by Fabian Davis.
• At halftime, the Deacs were out gained 141-137 in total yards. Larry Taylor’s punt return for a touchdown and UConn’s interception was the difference in the first half.
• Saturday was the first time Wake Forest was shutout in the first half this season. Wake Forest was last shutout at halftime on September 9th, 2006 when the Deacons trailed Duke 10-0 at the half.
• Wake Forest put their first points on the scoreboard with just two minutes into the 3rd quarter on a 38-yard run from Josh Adams. The Deacons’ first drive was 6-plays 66 yards 2:08
• With the point-after-touchdown (PAT) to pull the Demon Deacons to within three at 10-7, Sam Swank set the school record for most PATs in a season with 42. Wilson Hoyle held the old record with 41 in 1986.
• On UConn’s ensuing drive, Stanley Arnoux intercepted his second pass of the season on a tipped pass by Chantz McClinic. It was Arnoux's third interception of his career.
John Tereshinski caught his 2nd touchdown of the season on a 20-yard strike from Riley Skinner with 3:27 remaining in the 3rd quarter, capping a 6-play 29-yard drive that took 2:31 off of the clock.
• One of Wake Forest’s biggest defensive stops of the afternoon came on a 4th & 1 stop by Stanley Arnoux on the 1st play of the 4th quarter. The Deacons took the ball to the 26 where Sam Swank hit a 43-yard field goal to give Wake Forest a 17-10 lead with 11:53 left. Wake Forest also stopped the Huskies on 4th down with 10:00 left in the game.
• Kenny Moore’s catch and run of 18-yards with 9:38 left in the game put Moore over 1,000 receiving yards for the season. He is just the 3rd Wake Forest player to go over 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
• Moore’s performance earned him MVP honors of the Meineke Car Care Bowl as he finished the day with 11 catches for 112 yards.
• Paid attendance for the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl was 53,126
• Wake Forest finishes the season with a 9-4 record overall while Jim Grobe improves to 46-39 in seven seasons at Wake Forest.
• With the Deacs’ win, Wake Forest improves to 2-1 against the Huskies all-time.
• Wake Forest is now 5-3 in bowl games in the school’s history. Wake Forest has wins in the Gator Bowl (1946), Independence Bowl (1992), Aloha Bowl (1999), and Seattle Bowl (2002) and now the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2007).


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