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Wake Forest survives Temple rally to win Military Bowl 34-26

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) When Wake Forest fans look back at 2016, perhaps they will remember an exciting victory in the Military Bowl as the culmination of the team's first winning season in eight years.

At least, that's what Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson would like to believe.

Wake Forest attached a positive ending to a season marred by scandal, using a strong performance by quarterback John Wolford to beat heavily favored Temple 34-26 on Tuesday in the Military Bowl.

After throwing an interception on the first series of the game - a turnover Temple used to take a 7-0 lead - Wolford helped the Demon Deacons rattle off 31 straight points before halftime.

Wolford left with a neck strain in the third quarter with the score 31-17. Wake Forest (7-6) then withstood a comeback bid by Temple (10-4) to secure its first bowl victory since 2008.

That gave the Demon Deacons something to talk about this offseason beside a troubling spy story. According to a Wake Forest investigation, broadcaster Tommy Elrod leaked or attempted to leak game plan information to at least three opponents. Though Elrod has not released a public statement on the scandal, the school has since fired him.

The scandal was dubbed ''Wakey Leaks.''

''It was really important we win this game so this game and this bowl championship becomes the lasting memory for this football team and not some stupid hashtag that nobody in our program was responsible for,'' Clawson said. ''That becomes the lasting memory for the team and not a bitterness of something we're ready to move past.''

In spite of the distraction, the Demon Deacons snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time since Oct. 8.

''I'm trying to fight back tears right now,'' linebacker Thomas Brown said. ''It's such a great feeling. I really don't even know how to describe it.''

Wolford, a junior, completed 10 of 19 passes for 183 yards and two scores. Though he wasn't there at the finish, he certainly did enough while in the game.

''I wanted to play, but it was probably the safest thing to come out,'' Wolford said.

His backup, redshirt freshman Kyle Kearns, went 4 for 10 for 60 yards and an interception.

Seeking the first 11-win season in school history, Temple came in as an 11-point favorite. A 48-yard pass from Phillip Walker to Adonis Jennings on the Owls' first offensive play gave them their only lead.

Down 31-7 late in the first half, Temple used a 19-point run to close to 31-26 with 3:56 left. Wake Forest then used an 80-yard kickoff return by John Armstrong and the resulting field goal to make it an eight-point game with 1:59 left.

Temple came in with a seven-game winning streak after capturing the American Athletic Conference title with a 34-10 rout of Navy on this same field Dec. 3.

''I know that once it all sinks in - on how close we came to winning this game and how close we came to being the best Temple team ever - it's going to hurt worse than it does right now,'' interim coach Ed Foley said.

Foley took the reins after Matt Rhule was hired by Baylor on Dec. 6. The Owls subsequently signed Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their new head coach, and he got a first-hand look at his new team on Tuesday.

Walker finished his career by going 28 for 49 for 396 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jennings. He was sacked four times, including a pivotal 22-yarder on second down from the Wake Forest 6 preceding the Owls' final field goal.

TALE OF TWO HALVES

Foley loved the way the Owls played in the second half, but he lamented their performance over the first 30 minutes.

''We have a certain way that we like to play football,'' he said. ''And we did it for one half today.

''We were trying to be the best Temple team ever. Obviously, we're tied for the best Temple team ever. It doesn't sound great, but we are champions.''

TAKEAWAY

Temple: The Owls showed their stuff in the second half, but this performance against a team that went 3-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference was not the way they want to remember this season.

Wake Forest: Impressive outing against a conference champion and a celebration at midfield was a perfect way to end an imperfect season.

UP NEXT

Temple: The Owls' next game will be played under Collins. One of his top priorities will be finding a replacement for Walker, the school record-holder for career completions, touchdowns, yards and wins by a starting quarterback (29).

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons hope to put the Wakey Leaks fiasco behind them during the offseason so they can start anew in 2017. Wake Forest won more games this season (7) than in Clawson's first two years combined (6).

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:59
7-M.Weaver 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-50
yds
01:44
pos
26
34
Field Goal 3:56
97-A.Boumerhi 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
30
yds
03:39
pos
26
31
Field Goal 9:36
97-A.Boumerhi 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
-6
yds
03:14
pos
23
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:51
97-A.Boumerhi 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
20
yds
05:13
pos
20
31
Point After TD 14:08
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
31
Touchdown 14:08
8-P.Walker complete to 17-A.Jennings. 17-A.Jennings runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
00:47
pos
16
31
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:04
97-A.Boumerhi 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
20
yds
02:58
pos
10
31
Point After TD 3:02
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
31
Touchdown 3:02
22-M.Colburn runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
39
yds
02:34
pos
7
30
Field Goal 8:34
7-M.Weaver 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
4
yds
02:08
pos
7
24
Point After TD 12:26
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 12:26
36-C.Carney runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
32
yds
02:34
pos
7
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:20
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 5:20
10-J.Wolford complete to 1-T.Hines. 1-T.Hines runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
54
yds
00:57
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:37
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:37
10-J.Wolford complete to 85-C.Serigne. 85-C.Serigne runs 41 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
60
yds
01:06
pos
7
6
Point After TD 13:33
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:33
8-P.Walker complete to 17-A.Jennings. 17-A.Jennings runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
48
yds
00:09
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 23
Rushing 5 11
Passing 14 11
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 1-12 6-14
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 428 391
Total Plays 72 72
Avg Gain 5.9 5.4
Net Yards Rushing -20 125
Rush Attempts 23 43
Avg Rush Yards -0.9 2.9
Net Yards Passing 448 266
Comp. - Att. 28-49 14-29
Yards Per Pass 9.1 9.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-52 3-23
Penalties - Yards 4-35 7-68
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 3-1 2-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 5-32.2 5-34.6
Return Yards 168 137
Punts - Returns 1--1 3-2
Kickoffs - Returns 6-169 5-134
Int. - Returns 2-0 1-1
Kicking 6/6 6/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 4/4 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
24 Temple 10-4 7310626
Wake Forest 7-6 14170334
448 PASS YDS 266
-20 RUSH YDS 125
428 TOTAL YDS 391
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Walker 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 396 2 1 134.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.1% 3691 24 14 139.5
P. Walker 28/49 396 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ja. Thomas 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
214 988 13
Ja. Thomas 7 35 0 23
N. Sharga 4 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 98 0
N. Sharga 1 1 0 1
R. Armstead 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
163 920 14
R. Armstead 7 1 0 4
I. Wright 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 229 1
I. Wright 1 -3 0 -3
P. Walker 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 -154 1
P. Walker 7 -54 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Jennings 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 154 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 628 6
A. Jennings 7 154 2 58
V. Bryant 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 151 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
65 1046 4
V. Bryant 11 151 0 35
K. Kirkwood 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 81 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 729 4
K. Kirkwood 6 81 0 23
R. Armstead 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 48 0
R. Armstead 1 7 0 7
I. Wright 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 81 0
I. Wright 1 7 0 7
R. Deloatch 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 246 1
R. Deloatch 1 4 0 4
C. Thompson 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 43 1
C. Thompson 0 0 0 0
Ja. Thomas 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 410 6
Ja. Thomas 1 -8 0 -8
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Alwan 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
J. Alwan 7-0 1.0 0
A. Williams 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 7-0 0.0 0
A. Robinson 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
A. Robinson 7-2 1.0 0
H. Reddick 7 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 1.0
H. Reddick 6-0 1.0 0
P. Martin-Oguike 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
P. Martin-Oguike 4-2 0.0 0
A. Foster 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Foster 4-0 0.0 0
D. Randall 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 5 0.0
D. Randall 3-2 0.0 1
S. Marshall 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
S. Marshall 2-2 0.0 0
G. Webb 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Webb 2-0 0.0 0
S. Chandler 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-5 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-5 3 0.0
S. Chandler 2-5 0.0 1
M. Dogbe 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
M. Dogbe 1-4 0.0 0
A. Ellis 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Ellis 1-1 0.0 0
D. Thomas 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-1 0.0 0
N. Hairston 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
N. Hairston 1-0 0.0 0
C. Jefferson 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Jefferson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Boumerhi 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
19/21 31/32
A. Boumerhi 4/4 45 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Starzyk 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 32.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 38.4 1
A. Starzyk 5 32.2 1 37
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Wright 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 28.2 47 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 26.3 47 0
I. Wright 6 28.2 47 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Chandler 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 9.1 0 0
S. Chandler 1 -1.0 -1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 183 2 1 157.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.5% 1774 9 10 108.6
J. Wolford 10/19 183 2 1
K. Kearns 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 60 0 1 70.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.8% 266 0 3 74.1
K. Kearns 4/10 60 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Carney 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 71 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
173 660 7
C. Carney 17 71 1 11
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 60 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
151 626 2
M. Colburn 14 60 1 13
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
130 521 6
J. Wolford 9 -2 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Serigne 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 68 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 494 4
C. Serigne 3 68 1 41
S. Washington 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 172 0
S. Washington 5 57 0 21
T. Hines 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 46 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 447 3
T. Hines 3 46 1 20
C. Wade 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 276 1
C. Wade 1 31 0 31
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 143 0
M. Colburn 1 21 0 21
A. Bachman 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 248 1
A. Bachman 1 20 0 20
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Watson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
B. Watson 7-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
T. Brown 5-2 1.0 0
J. Bates 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 5 0.0
J. Bates 5-2 0.0 0
M. Lee 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
M. Lee 4-3 0.0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 2 0.5
D. Ejiofor 4-2 0.5 1
A. Henderson 10 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
A. Henderson 4-0 0.0 0
R. Janvion 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
R. Janvion 3-1 0.0 0
Ja. Williams 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Ja. Williams 3-0 0.0 0
J. Okonye 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Okonye 2-0 0.0 0
D. Kemp 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Kemp 2-0 0.0 0
J. Banks 40 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
J. Banks 2-0 2.0 0
W. Yarbary 48 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
W. Yarbary 2-2 0.5 0
A. Lamot 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Lamot 1-0 0.0 0
G. Dawson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
G. Dawson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Glenn 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
C. Glenn 0-1 0.0 0
E. Bateman 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Bateman 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Weaver 7 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
23/29 32/32
M. Weaver 2/2 30 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Maggio 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 34.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
77 41.5 1
D. Maggio 5 34.6 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Armstrong 18 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 33.3 80 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 23.9 80 0
J. Armstrong 4 33.3 80 0
G. Dawson 50 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 1 0
G. Dawson 1 1.0 1 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Bates 3 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 0.7 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 4.1 2 0
J. Bates 3 0.7 2 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:42 WAKE 48 0:09 1 48 TD
10:46 TEMPLE 26 1:03 3 1 Punt
8:30 TEMPLE 45 2:13 3 -20 Punt
5:20 TEMPLE 15 4:12 10 40 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:20 TEMPLE 29 1:38 3 4 Punt
8:34 TEMPLE 25 2:52 6 20 INT
3:02 TEMPLE 15 2:58 11 20 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 TEMPLE 25 0:47 3 75 TD
9:04 TEMPLE 20 5:13 12 74 FG
1:33 TEMPLE 40 1:20 3 -5 FUMBLE
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:50 TEMPLE 41 3:14 8 -6 FG
7:35 TEMPLE 24 3:39 11 56 FG
1:51 TEMPLE 47 0:54 4 7
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 WAKE 34 1:11 3 -2 INT
13:33 WAKE 25 2:47 5 23 Punt
9:43 WAKE 40 1:06 4 60 TD
6:17 WAKE 46 0:57 4 54 TD
1:08 WAKE 19 0:48 4 23
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WAKE 45 2:34 6 49 TD
10:42 WAKE 31 2:08 10 4 FG
5:36 TEMPLE 39 2:34 9 39 TD
0:02 WAKE 30 0:00 1 -1
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 WAKE 14 4:53 11 60 INT
3:46 WAKE 18 2:13 4 -6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WAKE 30 2:10 3 5 Punt
9:36 WAKE 25 2:01 8 34 Punt
3:43 TEMPLE 15 1:44 4 -50 FG
0:57 WAKE 46 0:35 2 -3