Game 529: Wake Forest upsets Temple in Military Bowl, 34-26

Wake Forest upends heavily favored Temple in Military Bowl

Annapolis, Maryland – The unranked and young Demon Deacons of Wake Forest (76)  allowed  No. 23 Temple to score the first time it had the ball, but QB John Wolford led the offensive attack to a 31-7 lead into the third period while the defensive charge led by LB Thomas Brown with seven tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble held Tempe (10-4) to -20 yards rushing to take home the exciting,  well-played victory, 34-26. For collegefootballfan.com, this was our first of four bowl games in five days.  We stayed overnight in Delaware on the way up to New York City to drive early in the morning to attend the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Wednesday.

Pre-game tailgate at MB boosting Dan from the Tailgate blog: Jason, Dave, Air Force Jay, Navy Al, Brian Donnelly, Wake Forest grad Jim Harton, and yours truly

Pre-game tailgate at MB boosting Dan from the Tailgate blog: Jason, Dave, Air Force Jay, Navy Al, Brian Donnelly, Wake Forest grad Jim Harton, and yours truly

Deja vu’ at Yankees Stadium: Northwestern upends Pitt in the Pinstripe

New York – We saw our second upset within 24 hours as Northwestern (7-6) surprised No. 21 Pitt (8-5), again with good defense,  but also behind the running skills of RB Justin Jackson who impressed with 224 yards and three TDs to take game MVP honors.  It was a seesaw battle, one in which we expected to see Pitt’s James Conner have a big rushing day.  Instead, the Wildcats held him in check before he left the game with a head injury with only 32 yards and never to return.

     As Guest Game Analyst Bob “Cat” Marcello (King’s College, PA) noted during the game, “Neither team (Panthers nor Wildcats) were dogging it.”  No pun intended by him but I interpreted him that way. It was a great game on a cold afternoon that Cat sat through with a  head cold. He’s CFF.com’s MVP for this one while introducing us to Foley’s Bar on 33rd street in Manhattan between Penn Station an the D Line subway to Yankee Stadium.  The place is like a museum packed with sports memorabilia. You gotta check it out some time.

       We will add more input later this week about these two games in between our upcoming games. At 6 AM  Thursday morning, we next catch a flight for Nashville.  No live football for us tomorrow, women’s college basketball instead (more on that later).  We will be at the Music City Bowl for Tennessee vs. Nebraska on Friday.  That will be followed by an early morning drive to Atlanta on Saturday to meet up with my Auburn connections Charlie and Lynda Murren for the CFP semi-final Peach Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington.  I predicted Temple and Pitt would both win by multiple touchdowns.  I’m going to predict the same for Alabama. Let’s see what happens!  Stay tuned for more insight and game action.

Pitt sideline action.

Pitt sideline action.