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January 1, 2007
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Louisville wants to avoid more bad feelings from another feel-good story.
Eliminated from the national championship picture by a lone loss to surprising Rutgers, Louisville's quest for a school record 12th victory is blocked by Wake Forest, another upstart which had never won nine games prior to this season.
Both the Cardinals and Deacons overcame potentially devastating injuries that threatened to derail their brilliant seasons. Louisville lost RB Michael Bush for the season in the first game and QB Brian Brohm for two games in September. But Brohm returned and directed the seventh-ranked passing offense in the nation and led the Cardinals to their first BCS bowl appearance.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest lost QB Ben Mauk for the year in the season opener and RB Micah Andrews in the third game of the year. Despite the losses, solid defense, limiting mistakes and a strong kicking game boosted the Deacons to their first ACC championship since 1970.