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September 26th, 2012

Black Knights fall to Wake Forest on the road



RB Raymond Maples notched his third straight 100-yard rushing game for the Black Knights, carrying the ball 15 times for 140 yards against Wake Forest in a 49-37 loss. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Michael Campanaro accounted for 184 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to help lead Wake Forest to a 49-37 victory over Army in front of 30,207 spectators Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field.

Tanner Price completed 15-of-24 passes for 221 yards and two scores, and Josh Harris rushed 12 times for 129 yards and a pair of TDs for Wake Forest. Deandre Martin also topped the 100-yard mark on the ground, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries to help the Demon Deacons improve to 3-1 on the season.

Army rushed for 429 yards, topping the 400-yard plateau for the second consecutive week. Raymond Maples notched his third straight 100-yard rushing game for the Black Knights, carrying the ball 15 times for 140 yards. Larry Dixon also eclipsed the 100-yard plateau, rushing for 112 yards and one touchdown on 21 totes. Trent Steelman, meanwhile, rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 77 yards and another score.

After a back and forth first half, Wake Forest scored two touchdowns in a span of 1 minute, 51 seconds early in the third quarter to assume a 35-23 lead. Army was unable to get any closer than five points the rest of the way as the Black Knights fall to 0-3.

Trailing 23-21 at the intermission, Wake Forest opened the second half by driving the ball 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Then, after Army fumbled at its own 25-yard line, the Demon Deacons went 25 yards in three plays to extend their lead to 35-23.

Army pulled to within 35-30 with 6:31 to play in the third quarter as the Black Knights drove 75 yards in nine plays. Steelman capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game.

It only took Wake Forest 1 minute, 12 seconds to regain a 12-point lead as the Demon Deacons went 75 yards in four plays to open up a 42-30 advantage. Harris rushed for a 63-yard touchdown around the right side.

Army rallied with a 75-yard touchdown drive to make it 42-37. The Black Knights capped the drive when Steelman found Maples for a 13-yard TD pass.
Wake Forest iced the game late in the fourth quarter when Martin broke off a 37-yard touchdown run.

Army took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays to take a 6-0 lead. Steelman hooked up with Chevaughn Lawrence for a 45-yard pass down the seam to move the Black Knights into the red zone. Steelman then capped the drive when he rushed for a two-yard touchdown. Dan Grochowski’s extra point attempt was blocked.

Wake Forest answered Army’s touchdown drive with one of its own, going 82 yards in nine plays to take a 7-6 lead with 7:34 to play in the first quarter. Price hooked up with Brandon Terry on a 47-yard pass to set the Demon Deacons up inside the Black Knights’ 20-yard line. Then, after converting a fourth-and-one from the Army 10-yard line, Campanaro cashed in the scoring drive with a four-yard touchdown run.

Army responded with a seven-play, 75-yard drive to take a 13-7 advantage. Dixon, whose 29-yard rush put the Black Knights into Wake Forest territory, capped the drive with a 12-yard TD run.

Wake Forest reclaimed the lead on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Price to Campanaro. The scoring strike capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Demon a 14-13 edge with 51 seconds to play in the opening stanza.

Army came back with another long touchdown drive, marching 73 yards in 11 plays to assume a 20-14 cushion. Maples took off on a 33-yard run down to the one-yard line and Steelman punched it in from there for his second score of the half.

After trading punts, Wake Forest moved back in front, 21-20, thanks to a nine-play, 79-yard drive. The scoring march culminated when Campanaro caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Price on a third down play. The touchdown, which was scored with 4:29 to play in the second quarter, gave the Demon Deacons a one-point lead.

Grochowski converted a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half to give Army a 23-21 lead at halftime.

Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires led the Army defense with a career-high 15 tackles. Geoffery Bacon chipped in 11 tackles for the Black Knights.

Army returns to action this Saturday, September 29th, when the Black Knights host Football Championship Subdivision foe Stony Brook. The contest, which will be the first of three straight Army home games, and is slated to kick off at 12 p.m.

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