Deacs Defeat No. 23 Temple to Win Military Bowl
Dec. 27, 2016

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Wake Forest football team jumped out to a 31-7 lead and held on to defeat No. 23-ranked Temple, 34-26, to claim the 2016 Military Bowl inside Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The victory was the Demon Deacons' first bowl win since 2008, and the first victory over a ranked team since 2011.

After the Owls (10-4) cut Wake Forest's (7-6) lead to 31-26 with 3:39 remaining, John Armstrong returned a kickoff 80 yards, leading to a Mike Weaver field goal with 1:59 left.

Temple returned the kickoff to its own 47-yard-line and completed a 9-yard pass, but the Deacons defense held strong with a pass breakup by Thomas Brown and a tackle for loss by Duke Ejiofor, then an incomplete pass for a turnover on downs. Wake Forest entered victory formation and twice took a knee to seal the win.

Brown was named the Military Bowl MVP for his efforts on defense. He tied for the team lead with seven tackles, also adding a sack, 2.5 TFLs and a forced fumble, helping the Deacons shut down the Owl rushing game, limited to -20 yards.

John Wolford went 10-for-19 for 183 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury in the third quarter. Kyle Kearns tossed for 60 yards in relief.

On the ground, Cade Carney led the way with 17 carries for 71 yards and a score, while Matt Colburn ran 14 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Scotty Washington set new career-highs with five catches for 57 yards, while Cam Serigne (68 yards) and Tabari Hines (46 yards) each had three catches, including one for a touchdown.

After Temple's first play from scrimmage went for a 48-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Walker to Adonis Jennings, Wake Forest reeled off 31 consecutive points to take control of the game.

Wolford found Serigne streaking down the center of the field for a 41-yard score to even tha game at 7-7.

With 5:20 left in the first quarter, Wolford passed for his second score, finding Hines from 20 yards to give the Deacs a lead they never relented.

Carney added an 11-yard touchdown run and Weaver chipped in a 25-yard field goal to make it 24-7, before Colburn punched in a 3-yard score to push the margin to 31-7 at the 3:02 mark of the second quarter.

Temple bounced back with five straight scores, however the Deacon defense bended-but-didn't-break, forcing four Aaron Boumerhi field goals from 45, 24, 32 and 38 yards. Jennings also hauled in a 58-yard touchdown catch, as Temple cut its deficit to 31-10 at the end of the first half, 31-20 at the end of the third quarter, and 31-26 in the fourth before Wake Forest wrapped up the win.

In addition to Brown's seven tackles, Jessie Bates III, Marquel Lee and Brad Watson each also had seven. Ejiofor finished with six, a half sack and an interception, while Essang Bassey also forced a fumble.

Season Finale
• Wake Forest finishes the season 7-6, posting its first winning record since 2008. • Wake Forest has won three of its last four bowl games. This is the first bowl game win over a ranked opponent. • Wake Forest ended a string of 17 straight losses to ranked teams with the win against Temple. The Deacs defeated a ranked team for the first time since beating No. 22 Florida State on October 8, 2011. • Dave Clawson improves to 103-104 after 17 years as a head coach. Clawson is now 13-24 after three seasons at Wake Forest. This is Clawson's first win over a ranked opponent at Wake Forest after falling short nine previous times. • This is the first win in December since a 29-19 win over Navy in the Eagle Bank Bowl in December 2008.

Brown the MVP
• The 2016 Military Bowl MVP is Thomas Brown. Brown finished the night with 7 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup, one QB hurry, and a forced fumble.

Washington in DC
• Wide receiver Scotty Washington made his first start of the season tonight. Washington ended the night with 5 receptions for a total 57 yards, both career highs. Washington was targeted 11 times while only being targeted 19 times the entire season.

Weaver Makes History
• With the two field goals made by Mike Weaver he now has made 21 this season and 47 in his career. This places Weaver as the second Wake Forest kicker to make 20 or more field goals in a season (Swank, 2006). Weaver now has made the second-most field goals in school history with 47.

Defensive Dominance
• With a total of 12 interceptions this season, Wake Forest ties the total number of interceptions of the previous two seasons combined (6 in 2014 and 6 in 2015). • Wake Forest held temple to a total of -20 rush yards. This is the third-least amount of rushing yards Wake has allowed in program history, falling a yard short of the record of -21 set against Richmond in 1951 and Furman in 1952. • Wake Forest defense had a season-high tackles-for-loss total with 13 tonight.

Fearsome Offense
• Wake Forest posted its highest-scoring first quarter of the year with 14 points. Wake Forest went on to score 31 points in the first half making it the highest scoring half since Duke in 2010 (35).

Farewell Faircloth
• Assistant AD for Football Bill Faircloth worked his 452nd consecutive Wake Forest football game and his final one in an official capacity before retiring.



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