Saturday, September 22, 2012
Wake Forest outlasts Army
By Andrea Adelson
Wake Forest had problems all season getting its ground game going. But the Deacs had no such problems against Army on Saturday in a 49-37 victory.
After failing to rush for over 100 yards in the first three weeks of the season, Wake Forest racked up nearly 300 yards on the ground and also had two rushers go over 100 yards in the game. Josh Harris had his finest game of the season, running for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. His 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a thing of beauty, as he eluded a tackler, spun, put his hand down for balance and kept his knee from touching the field. He added a 63-yard score later in the period.
Deandre Martin also had two touchdown runs and finished with 115 yards on 13 carries.
The last time Wake Forest had two rushers go over 100 was against East Carolina in 2005, when Chris Barclay and Micah Andrews each hit the century mark. And the last time Wake Forest ran for this many yards -- 296 -- was when it had 415 against Presbyterian in 2010.
The Deacons needed every bit of those rushing yards to hold off a strong performance from Army, which had its way with the Wake Forest defense for most of the game. A week after giving up 385 yards on the ground to Florida State, Army racked up 429 yards rushing. Of course, the Black Knights do rely on the run in its triple-option attack, but Wake Forest also had many missed tackles that helped add to the yardage.
The teams scored touchdowns on the first five possessions of the game, and at one point the lead changed seven times. But the Wake defense made several key stops in the second half -- none bigger than a fourth-and-3 from the Wake 31 with the Deacs leading 42-37. Martin scored on a 37-yard run on the next possession to seal the game.
One other performance to note for Wake Forest -- Michael Campanaro had 12 catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another.