Wake Forest 38, Oregon 17

Dec. 30, 2002
Seattle, Wash.
Attendance: 38,241

Attempts to rebound from a disappointing last half of its regular season proved futile as big plays and a ball-control offense contributed to Oregon’s first post-season setback in four tries.

After jumping onto the scoreboard first via a Jared Siegel field goal, the Ducks were unable to secure their second first down of the game until staring at a 14-3 deficit in Seahawks Stadium.

Despite completing only nine passes, Wake Forest’s offense took advantage of maintaining possession of the football for 34:34 while scoring on two of four plays longer than 30 yards to account for a second bowl win over Oregon in 11 years.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kellen Clemens came off the bench to replace Jason Fife to open the second quarter responding with his first touchdown pass as a collegian in his most extensive
play to date and helped the Ducks bounce back from an 18-point deficit.

A 43-yard Keenan Howry punt return, followed by the school’s career receiving leader’s 36-yard run, led to Matt Floberg’s lone scoring run of the year to close the gap to 24-17 late in the third quarter. Yet the Oregon offense was unable to take advantage of the momentum as it was limited to only two more first downs the remainder of the afternoon.

Linebackers David Moretti and Kevin Mitchell led the defense with 17 and 15 tackles, respectively, while George Wrighster’s five catches propelled him to the top of the school’s list for most single season catches by a tight end ever (41).

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Wake Forest

7

14

10

7

38

Jim Grobe

Oregon

3

7

7

0

17

Mike Bellotti

SCORING
UO.......Jared Siegel 45 FG, 12:25, 1st
WF.......Ovie Mughelli 1 run (Matt Wisnosky kick), 10:26, 1st
WF.......Jason Anderson 57 pass from James MacPherson (Wisnosky kick), 12:38, 2nd
WF.......MacPherson 1 run (Wisnosky kick), 2:40, 2nd
UO.......Samie Parker 7 pass from Kellen Clemens (Siegel kick), :26, 2nd
WF.......Wisnosky 43 FG, 9:37, 3rd
UO.......Matt Floberg 1 run (Siegel kick), 5:39, 3rd
WF.......Anderson 63 pass from MacPherson (Wisnosky kick), 2:02, 3rd
WF.......Chris Barclay 12 run (Wisnosky kick), 2:48, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
Barclay (WF) 19-82, Davis (WF) 9-65, Williams (WF) 16-53
Smith (UO) 18-62, Howry (UO) 1-36.

Passing
MacPherson (WF) 9-16-0-241,
Clemens (UO) 19-31-0-161, Fife (UO) 1-10-0-4

Receiving
Anderson (WF) 3-157, Landfried (WF) 3-45, Davis (WF) 2-27
Howry (UO) 5-50, Wrighster (UO) 5-34, Parker (UO) 4-43, Floberg (UO) 2-21, Willis (UO) 2-16

Team Statistics

Wake Forest

Oregon

First Downs

23

13

Rushes / Yards

44 / 256

19 / 125

Passes

9-16-0

20-41-0

Passing Yards

241

165

Total Offense

497

290

Punting

5-48.4

6-50.2

Fumbles / Lost

3-0

1-1

Penalties

3-15

2-10