Wake Forest survives Temple rally to win Military Bowl
ANNAPOLIS | 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 winning season since 2008.
The victory gave the Demon Deacons something to talk about this offseason beside the troubling spy story dubbed “Wakey Leaks.”
An investigation by Wake Forest revealed that 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.
In spite of the distraction, the Demon Deacons snapped a threegame losing streak and won for only the second time since Oct. 8.