Wake Forest dominates Rutgers in Gator Bowl
Wake Forest took care of business on Friday afternoon vs. Rutgers in the Gator Bowl, winning 38-10.
Quarterback Sam Hartman added to his special season, throwing for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. Receiver A.T. Perry caught 10 passes for 127 yards and 1 touchdown.
Here’s coach Dave Clawson hoisting the trophy after the game:
Bringing home some new hardware 🏆#GoDeacs 🎩 pic.twitter.com/D8WbZzqUAf
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) December 31, 2021
Of course, this Rutgers team didn’t expect to be playing in a bowl game this year until last week. The Scarlet Knights served as a replacement team after Texas A&M was forced to bow out due to COVID-19.
Rutgers fought hard in the first half and appeared to have legitimate upset chances until the fourth quarter began. Wake Forest scored all 15 points in the final stanza.
This win means a historic milestone for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have now won 11 games in a season for just the second time in program history, joining its 2006 squad that was the ACC title.
It also represents a peak for Clawson’s program, which has now appeared in six consecutive bowl games. Wake Forest has won 8+ games in three of the last five seasons, which marks just the second time the Demon Deacons have accomplished that feat in school history.