Wake Forest Accepts Bid to Meineke Car Care Bowl

Deacons to face Connecticut in Charlotte on Dec. 29

Dec. 2, 2007

Wake Forest University today accepted an invitation to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl to be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Demon Deacons will face co-Big East Conference champion Connecticut.

"We are really excited to be going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte," said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. "Charlotte is a great town and Bank of America Stadium is an outstanding stadium for us to play. Charlotte will be a perfect location for all of our fans to be able to watch the Deacons play."

Wake Forest finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and tied for second in the ACC's Atlantic Division at 5-3. After starting the year 0-2, the Deacons won eight of their final 10 games. Under Grobe, the Deacons are 19-5 over the last two seasons, the most successful two-year stretch in school history.

This will be Wake Forest's eighth bowl appearance but marks the first time that the Deacons have been to bowl games in consecutive years. The Deacons are 4-3 all-time in bowl games after playing in the FedEx Orange Bowl last year.

"We are thrilled to be going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl," said Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman. "The reputation of the Meineke Car Care Bowl is superb in that the fans and players from previous bowl games have had a great experience. I am sure that our fans and players will have the same experience."

Connecticut is 9-3 overall and tied West Virginia for first place in the Big East with a 5-2 record.

Both Wake Forest and UConn have been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams this season. Each is currently receiving votes in the Dec. 2 national polls. The two teams have met just twice. Last year, Wake beat the Huskies 24-13 on the road. UConn posted a 51-17 win over the Deacons at BB&T Field in 2003.

Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN.



Wake Forest Bowl History (4-3) 1946 Gator Bowl South Carolina W 26-14 1949 Dixie Bowl Baylor L 20-7 1979 Tangerine Bowl LSU L 34-10 1992 Independence Bowl Oregon W 39-35 1999 Aloha Bowl Arizona State W 23-3 2002 Seattle Bowl Oregon W 38-17 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl Louisville L 24-13