Jan. 2, 2007
MIAMI (AP) - Receiver Patrick Carter threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Allen on a trick play, giving No. 5 Louisville a 10-3 halftime lead against 15th-ranked Wake Forest at halftime of the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night.
The one-time quarterback caught a lateral from Brian Brohm in the right flat and then found a wide-open Allen near the goal line to put the Cardinals ahead.
Art Carmody kicked a 41-yard field goal midway through the second quarter as Louisville tied the game at 3.
Sam Swank kicked a 44-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter to open the scoring and put Wake Forest ahead 3-0.
Louisville countered that with a 14-play, 61-yard drive which was capped by Carmody's 21st field goal of the season.
Wake Forest then went three-and-out, and the quick-strike Cardinals took their first lead on the first pass of Carter's career at Louisville. He sat out last season after transferring from Georgia Tech.
On its ensuing possession, Wake Forest drove to the Cardinals' 18-yard line before running back Ken Moore fumbled. Louisville's Malik Jackson recovered and returned it to the 30. Replay officials reviewed and upheld the call, thwarting the Demon Deacons' deepest penetration of the half.
Swank was wide left on a 47-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half.
Wake Forest entered hoping to cap its worst-to-first season with the biggest bowl victory in school history. The Demon Deacons, picked to finish last in their division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, instead won the division and then claimed their first conference title since 1970.
The Cardinals almost certainly would have led sooner had Wake Forest not forced a fumble a play after Louisville dropped a sure-thing touchdown pass in the first quarter, a sequence of events which led to a rare scoreless quarter for the Cardinals.
It was the Cardinals' first scoreless period since the first quarter of their 31-8 rout of South Florida on Nov. 18, a span of nearly three full games.
Louisville's high-powered offense - which entered the game averaging nearly 39 points and 477 total yards per game - had only six scoreless quarters during its 12-game regular season.
The Cardinals entered hoping to cap the best season in school history with their first victory in a major bowl game since they beat Alabama 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
They certainly looked comfortable early on during their first BCS game, moving the ball with ease on their opening possession.
Louisville drove 34 yards to the Wake Forest 38, and Brian Brohm froze the defense by faking an end-around and passing to Mario Urrutia.
Urrutia got behind the secondary but Brohm's pass bounced harmlessly off his fingers, ruining what would have been an easy score. Allen, a freshman, then fumbled it away on the next play and Wake Forest recovered at the 39.