Army Football Game Notes: The Wake Forest Game

Nate Combs has 3.0 tackles for loss in two games.

Nate Combs has 3.0 tackles for loss in two games.

Sept. 17, 2012

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Date: Sept. 22, 2012
Time: 12:29 p.m. ET
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Venue: BB&T Field
Capacity: 31,500
TV: ACC Network
Series: Wake Forest leads, 7-4
Last Meeting: Sept. 15, 2007 (Wake Forest 21, Army 10)

TELEVISION    
The ACC Network
Play-by-Play: Steve Martin
Color Analyst: Dave Archer
Cadet Sideline Reporter: Mike Hogewood

ARMY RADIO    
Army Sports Network
Flagship: WABC (770-AM, New York, N.Y.)
Affiliates: WALL (1340-AM, Middletown, N.Y.);    WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); WPLJ-HD3 (95.5-3 (HD)-FM, New York, N.Y.); WKXP* (94.3-FM,  Kingston, N.Y.);  WKDM^ (1430-AM, New York, N.Y.); WAZZ (1490-AM, Fayetteville, N.C. -- Fort Bragg); WZZN (97.7-FM,  Huntsville, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal); KXCA (1380-AM, Lawton, Okla. -- Fort Sill).

*will carry partial schedule, including Army-Navy game
^Spanish broadcasts

Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco
Color Analyst: Dean Darling
Sideline: Tony Morino
Program Host: Joe Beckerle

► The 90-minute "Army Football Tailgate Show," begins at 10:30 a.m. ET

SATELLITE RADIO    
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
The Wake Forest broadcast can be heard on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 190.

INTERNET STREAMING    
goARMYsports.com
► The entire Army Sports Network broadcast, including the "Army Football Tailgate Show," will be streamed live (audio) via Knight Vision on www.goARMYsports.com each week. Subscription fees apply.

► The "This Week in Army Football," show will be streamed live from the West Point First Class Club on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The event is available only to Knight Vision subscribers.

COACHING MATCH UP
ARMY HEAD COACH Rich Ellerson
  Alma Mater: Hawai'i, 1977
  4th Season at Army (15-24, .385)
  13th Season Overall (75-65, .536)
  Record vs. Wake Forest: 0-0

WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH JIM GROBE
  Alma Mater: Virginia, 1975
  12th Season at Wake Forest (70-68, .507)
  18th Season Overall (103-101, .505)
  Record vs. Army: 1-1

SATURDAY'S HEADLINES
► Army plays it second road game in three weeks on Saturday when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Black Knights are 0-2 after a season-opening road loss at San Diego State and a one-point defeat versus Northern Illinois in their home debut.
► The Black Knights will attempt to put a number of losing streaks to bed on Saturday. Army have lost six straight games overall, nine straight away from West Point, five in a row against Wake Forest and four in a row on the Demon Deacons' home field.
► Army's offense is coming off a 486-yard, six touchdown rushing performance against Northern Illinois. The Black Knights averaged 5.7 yards per rush and held the ball for 42:33. The effort tied for 14th on the Academy single-game rushing ledger, and was the Black Knights' best rushing game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since running for 546 yards versus Rutgers on Oct. 12, 1996.
► Saturday's game marked Army highest rushing total ever in a loss. The previous mark was 461 rushing yards in a 38-31 loss at Rice in 2008. It was the first time in Academy history the Black Knights rushed for 450 yards and scored 40 points in a loss.
► The Black Knights had three players reach the 100-yard mark on the ground. Junior RB Raymond Maples tied his career high with 159 yards on 23 carries. It was his second straight 100-yard game and the seventh of his career. Sophomore FB Larry Dixon posted his first career 100-yard game with 136 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while senior QB Trent Steelman rounded out the trio with 116 yards and a pair of scores. It was the first time since Army's 1996 win versus Rutgers that as many as three players cracked the century plateau.
► The Black Knights' 486 yards against Northern Illinois was the top rushing game in the nation this season. The performance propelled Army into the No. 2 spot on the national rushing list at 384.00 yards per game. The Black Knights led the nation in rushing last season at 346.50 yards per game.
► After not forcing a turnover and being -3 in turnover margin in the opener, the Black Knights' defense accounted for three takeaways against Northern Illinois, while the offense didn't turn the ball over. It was the first time under head coach Rich Ellerson that the Black Knights lost a game in which it held at least a +3 turnover margin (5-1).
► Army has not started a season 0-3 since the 2008 squad lost its first four games.
► The Black Knights will have completed half of their road schedule after Saturday's game. Army plays just four games on its opponents' home fields this season.

A WIN VS. WAKE FOREST WOULD ...
► Snap Army's six-game overall losing streak dating back to last season.
► End Army's nine-game losing streak in games played away from West Point.
► Avoid Army's first 0-3 start since 2008.
► Be Army's second straight road win over an ACC team (at Duke, 2010).
► Avoid Army's first 0-3 start since 2008.
► Snap the Black Knights' five-game losing streak against Wake Forest.
► Be Army's first win in Winston-Salem (0-4).
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson's 16th win at West Point (15-24).

SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS
► Wake Forest is under the leadership of head coach Jim Grobe who is in his 12th season in Winston-Salem. Grobe has specialized in program turnarounds during his 18 seasons as Division I head coach. At Ohio University, Grobe took over a program that had won 17 games in 10 years and posted a 33-33-1 record in six seasons. Wake Forest had won just 26 victories in the eight seasons prior to his arrival, but in his second season Grobe guided the team to seven wins and a berth in the Seattle Bowl. In 2006, the Demon Deacons went 11-3 and won their first ACC title since 1970. Grobe has guided Wake Forest to four postseason appearances in the past six years.
► The Demon Deacons got off to a fast start, winning their first two games before suffering their first loss last week at fifth-ranked Florida State. Wake Forest defeated Liberty, 20-17, in its opener and followed with a 28-27 win against ACC foe North Carolina.
► Wake Forest suffered its first shut out loss since 2010 last week. The Seminoles defense limited the Deacons to 126 yards of total offense and only 1.2 yards per rushing attempt. Josh Harris ran 15 times for 51 yards, while quarterback Tanner Price was 8-for-22 for 82 yards. Florida State gained 612 yards of total offense, including 385 rushing yards.
► Offensively, Wake Forest is averaging 16.0 points and 281.7 yards per game. Most of the Demon Deacons' damage has been done through the air. The team is averaging 213.33 yards passing through its first three games. Price has completed 51 of his 88 throws (.580) for 604 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He has also accounted for two rushing touchdowns. Deandre Martin is the team's leading rusher with 101 yards and two scores on 33 attempts. Harris has 91 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 41 carries. Michael Campanaro leads the team with 24 receptions, 268 yards and a touchdowns. His 8.0 receptions per game is tied for 10th best in the nation. Brandon Terry is averaging a team-high 22.0 yards per catch (6-132).
► Wake Forest's 3-4 defensive alignment is allowing 32.0 points and 467.67 yards through the first three games. Linebacker Riley Haynes leads the team with 22 tackles and has one of the team's two interceptions. Defensive end Kris Redding owns a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with linebacker Justin Jackson with 2.0 quarterback sacks. A.J. Marshall has a team-high three passes defended, accounting for an interception and two pass breakups.
► Jimmy Newman handles both the kickoff and placekicking duties for the Demon Deacons. He has made all six of his extra point attempts, but is 0-for-2 on field goal tries. Alex Kinal is averaging 39.6 yards per punt, including 12 that have been downed inside the 20-yard line. Campanaro owns a 4.7 yards-per-punt return average, while Lovell Jackson has returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards (19.6/return).

THE ARMY-WAKE FOREST SERIES
► The Demon Deacons lead the all-time series with the Black Knights, 7-4. The first meeting came at West Point during Army's 1945 national championship season.
► Wake Forest has won five straight games in the series, including all four meetings in Winston-Salem.
► The Demon Deacons scored a 21-10 win in Army's last trip to North Carolina in 2007.

RUN IT UNTIL THEY STOP IT
► Army ran the ball on 86 of its 90 offensive plays against Northern Illinois. It was the second-most rushing attempts in a game in Army history. The record is 88 attempts versus Holy Cross on Oct. 26, 1974.
► Since the start of 2009, Army the Black Knights are averaging 56.6 rushing attempts per game (2209 att. in 39 games). That total accounts for 84.4 percent of Army's offensive plays in that span (2,209 rushes, 409 passes)

SPREAD THE WEALTH
► Junior RB Raymond Maples (159), sophomore FB Larry Dixon (136) and senior QB Trent Steelman (116) each reached the 100-yard rushing mark against Northern Illinois. It was the first time Army had three players gain at least 100 yards in the same game since Oct. 12, 1996 versus Rutgers.
► Army has had multiple 100-yard rushers in each of the first two games. It is the first time since 1998 that the Black Knights had at least two players rush for 100 yards in the same game twice during the season. That is also the last time Army accomplished the feat in consecutive games (vs. Louisville; vs. Navy).
► The Black Knights have had four players register at least one 100-yard game already this season. In addition to the three versus Northern Illinois, sophomore RB Terry Baggett posted his first 100-yard effort in the opener at San Diego State. It is the first time four different Black Knights have had at least one 100-yard game in the same season since 1999 (5).

UP NEXT ...
► The Black Knights open a three-game homestand next Saturday when they host Stony Brook.
► Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Army and the Seawolves on the gridiron.
► Stony Brook is ranked 20th in the latest Sports Network FCS Poll.
► The Black Knights have won their last three games against FCS opponents.

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