Skinner, WF down Navy

Published 12:42 am Sunday, December 21, 2008

Riley Skinner found a perfect way to obliterate the miserable memory of his painful performance against Navy earlier this season.

Skinner went 11-for-11 and threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Ben Wooster with 7:52 left, leading Wake Forest to a 29-19 comeback victory in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl to open the bowl season.

The previous school record for accuracy was a 12-for-14 effort by Mike McGlamry in 1975. Skinner added a completion on a conversion attempt.

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He finished with 166 yards passing and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

It was a rematch of a September game played at Wake Forest (8-5), when Navy (8-5) took advantage of five turnovers by Skinner — four interceptions and a fumble — to pull off a 24-17 upset.