POSTGAME NOTES -- ARMY VS. WAKE FOREST (9-15-07)
Army battled Wake Forest for the 11th time on Saturday and the fourth time in Winston-Salem. It marked the Black Knights’ first visit to BB&T Field since 1994 and Army’s first matchup against the Demon Deacons since 1999.
Wake Forest now leads its all-time series with Army by a 7-4 margin. The Demon Deacons have prevailed in five straight series matchups and seven of the last eight battles between the schools, dating back to 1986.
Army has lost 16 straight games in the state of North Carolina, dating back to a 1974 loss to North Carolina. The Black Knights now stand at 2-16 overall in the Tar Heel State. Army’s last win in the state of North Carolina dates back to a 21-6 defeat of Duke in 1959.
Sophomore Jason Johnson made his second consecutive start at left tackle in place of injured starter Ray Zelenak.
Following Army’s first touchdown drive with 11:41 remaining in the second quarter, the Black Knights held a 165-66 advantage in total offense. Army enjoyed a 200-122 total offense advantage in the first half.
Army surrendered two non-offensive touchdowns to Wake Forest in the first half one on a 55-yard punt return by Kenny Moore and the other on an 84-yard interception return by Aaron Curry. Opponents have returned two interceptions for scores against Army this season. Both have come with the Black Knights inside the opponents’ 30-yard line.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams made his first start of the season (fifth career) in place of injured senior David Pevoto. Pevoto started Army’s opening two contests, but was injured in the second quarter against Rhode Island. Williams started each of the Black Knights’ final four games last season, opening with the lead unit against Tulane, Air Force, Notre Dame and Navy.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams tossed an interception off a tipped pass on Army’s opening drive. It marked the 11th interception of Williams’ career. He has thrown at least one interception in each of his five career starts.
Sophomore WR Damion Hunter registered his first career reception on the Black Knights’ opening drive. The gain went for 17 yards.
Junior RB Tony Dace ripped off a career-long 11-yard rush late in the first quarter. Dace set career highs with 12 carries and 34 yards.
Junior WR Mike Wright hauled down a career-long 19-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter, providing the Black Knights with a first down.
After managing just 58 and 46 rushing yards, respectively, against Akron and Rhode Island, Army rushed for 49 yards in the first quarter against Wake Forest.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble extended his streak of consecutive games with registering at least one reception to 13 with a 10-yard catch in the second quarter.
Army finished the first half with 200 total yards after managing just 242 and 276 total yards in its opening two contests against Akron and Rhode Island, respectively.
Freshman RB Patrick Mealy registered season highs in both rushing attempts (6) and rushing yards (23). Mealy entered the game with just one rushing attempt through the season’s first two games.
Senior WR Corey Anderson had four catches for a career-best 66 yards.
With Wake Forest leading 14-7 and driving for another score midway through the second quarter, Army’s defense registered consecutive tackles for loss, resulting in a loss of 11 yards for the Demon Deacons. The first tackle for loss (5 yards) was recorded by junior LB Frank Scappaticci and the second (6 yards) was combined on by Mike Gann and Ted Bentler. The plays forced Wake Forest out of field goal range.
Junior DB John Laird notched the third fumble recovery of his career in the second quarter. The turnover gave Army possession at the Wake Forest 23-yard line, but the Black Knights came away empty as QB Carson Williams tossed an interception that resulted in a Demon Deacon touchdown, ending the drive.
Senior LB Charlie Rockwood forced a fumble following a reception by Wake Forest WR Kenny Moore on the first play of the second half. Senior DB Kevin Opoku recovered the fumble, his second career fumble recovery. It marked the second turnover forced by Army’s defense in Demon Deacon territory, but the Black Knights were unable to parlay either into points.
Army’s defense forced a third Wake Forest territory in Demon Deacon territory with 11:23 remaining in the third quarter when senior DE Brandon Thompson forced an errant pitch by Wake Forest QB Brent Hodges. Senior SS Caleb Campbell recovered the fumble, the first of his career. Army converted a 4th-and-1 situation on the drive, which resulted in a 36-yard field goal.
Army’s defense forced three turnovers inside Wake Forest territory, but the Black Knights managed just three points off those miscues.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Army surrendered a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown by Wake Forest WR Kenny Moore in the first half. It marked the first time an opponent had returned a punt for a touchdown against Army since Connecticut’s Larry Taylor returned a punt 72 yards for a score against the Black Knights on Oct. 15, 2006,
at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
Senior P Owen Tolson unleashed a season-long 64-yard punt in the second quarter, backing Wake Forest up to its own 14-yard line. Tolson dropped two punts inside the Wake Forest 20-yard line in the first half.
Junior K Adam Demarco connected on a 36-yard field goal with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter, for his first career trey. DeMarco had missed his only field goal attempt through the season’s first two games.