Army Travels To Wake Forest Saturday

Raymond Maples

Raymond Maples

Sept. 20, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team returns to the road for the second time in three weeks when the Black Knights travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to battle Atlantic Coast Conference foe Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff from BB&T Field is set for 12:29 p.m.

Wake Forest will host Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, and discounted tickets will be available for any member of the military.

The ACC Network will broadcast Saturday's contest, and ESPN3 will video stream the feed to a national audience. Steve Martin (play by play), Dave Archer (color analyst) and Mike Hogewood (sideline reporter) will call the action for the ACC Network.

The Army Sports Network will have the audio call of the game on its flagship station WABC (770-AM), as well as WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM), and Knight Vision. Rich DeMarco (play by play), Dean Darling (color analyst) and Tony Morino (sideline reporter) will cover the game on the Army Sports Network.

In-game Twitter updates will be provided from the official handle of Army football (@Army_Football), and Facebook updates will be posted following each quarter at facebook.com/ArmyBlackKnights.

Army (0-2) is coming off a heart-wrenching 41-40 setback to Northern Illinois in its home opener last Saturday. The Black Knights piled up nearly 500 yards of total offense against NIU, but it was not quite enough as the Huskies scored the game-winning touchdown with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Wake Forest (2-1) began its season with nail biting wins over Liberty and North Carolina, but the Demon Deacons were shut out by No. 5-ranked Florida State, 52-0, last weekend. The Deacs gained just 126 yards of total offense, while allowing 612 to the Seminoles.

Army and Wake Forest have met 11 times previously, and the Demon Deacons hold a 7-4 edge in the all-time series. WFU, which has won the last five matchups, secured a 21-10 victory in the most recent meeting between the two programs in 2007.

Army head coach Rich Ellerson has never faced Wake Forest in his 13 years as a collegiate head coach. Ellerson, who is in his fourth season at West Point, currently owns a 15-24 record as the Black Knights field general.

Jim Grobe, who is in his 12th season at Wake Forest, shows an unblemished 1-1 mark versus Army. The long-time mentor, who is in his 18th season as a college head coach, is 70-68 in Winston-Salem.

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.

The Black Knights had three players reach the 100-yard mark on the ground. Junior running back 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 fullback Larry Dixon posted his first career 100-yard game with 136 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while senior quarterback 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.

A dual threat out of the backfield, Maples enters Saturday's game as Army's leading rusher (133 yards/game) and receiver (11.5 yards/game). Dixon lists second on the team with 85 rushing yards per contest. Steelman, who is averaging 59.5 rushing yards per game, directs the Black Knights' prolific triple option offense.

Sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon leads the Army defense with 18 tackles. Senior linebacker Nate Combs, who lists second on the team with 10 stops, paces the Black Knights with three tackles for loss and two sacks.

The Wake Forest offense is directed by junior quarterback Tanner Price, who is 51-of-88 for 604 yards and one touchdown through three games. Price is also tied for the team lead with a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who has emerged as Price's favorite target, is one of the top receivers in the ACC. He has hauled in 24 passes this season for 268 yards and one score.

Senior linebacker Riley Haynes paces the Wake Forest defense with 22 tackles. He also ranks among the team leaders with two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception. Junior defensive end Kris Redding leads the squad with three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Following Saturday's game at Wake Forest, Army will return to West Point to begin a three-game homestand. The Black Knights will kick off the stretch of home games by hosting Football Championship Subdivision foe Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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