Wake Forest 56, Louisville 35
What Happened: Matt Colburn ran for 243 yards as Wake Forest overcame a 7-0 deficit with 21 first quarter points and 35 in the first half on the way to the win. Louisville’s offense worked just enough to not go away – Jawon Pass threw a touchdown and Trey Smith ran for three scores – but two Colburn touchdown runs in the third quarter helped the Demon Deacons pull away.
What Mattered: Colburn ran 20 times for 243 yards and two scores for a ground game that rumbled for 368 yards, but he wasn’t alone – Sam Hartman completed 16-of-24 passes for 223 yards and two scores, and ran for a touchdown.
– The Louisville offense worked. Pass threw for 358 yards and ran for 34 yards, and Smith and the ground game were able to crank out some production, but the defense couldn’t come up with anything to slow down Colburn and the ground game.
– The two teams combined for 1,123 yards of total offense, and Louisville even controlled the tempo. The play up front was the difference – the Wake Forest O line got the job done, and Colburn pushed through for gouging plays and a few home runs.
Thoughts: And that settles it … Louisville is now the ACC’s worst team this season. On a six game losing streak, the season has gone from bad to worse, and now it gets Clemson on the road, then Syracuse, then NC State, then Kentucky. With the way the lines played against Wake Forest, this is a 2-10 season.
– Wake Forest’s defense didn’t exactly get the job done, but it was just good enough to let the ground game and the offense do their thing. They broke a rough run of four losses in five games, and now there’s hope to go bowling, needing two wins in the final four games against Syracuse, at NC State, Pitt and at Duke.
– Just how hot is the Bobby Petrino seat? this appears to be an aberration of a season, but again, this is probably going to be a 2-10 run – or 3-9, at best – with the team getting worse as the season goes on. Pass was fine, and again the O was solid, but it didn’t matter. The howling for Jeff Brohm – even though he won’t make the move back to UofL will continue.