Wolford’s arm carries Wake Forest to 24-21 victory over Army

An improved running game and John Wolford helped bring Wake Forest back from a fourth quarter deficit to beat Army 24-21 at BB&T Field Sept. 20.

Wolford, as he has been all season, was accurate when given time. Against a smaller Army front, Wake Forest was able to have a better control of the line of scrimmage. For the first time this year, the Demon Deacons were able to run for 100 yards. Moreover, they only let up one sack. Both factors helped the Deacon’s display their play-action game, which was pivotal in moving the ball.

With 6:45 left in the fourth quarter, Wolford found graduate student E.J. Scott for the go ahead 12-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the end zone. The freshman quarterback spread the ball between his targets, with five Demon Deacons having three or more catches. This included Matt James and Jared Crump, who were each used in the wide receiver screen game.

“Some of those screens are just to discourage blitzing a little bit,” coach Dave Clawson said. “We ran them twice and it wasn’t good and then we ran one for Crump and we caught them in a blitz and that might be as big a play in the football game.”

The win was sealed for Wake Forest when Wendell Dunn tackled and stripped Army’s senior quarterback Angel Santiago of the ball with less than three minutes left. Junior Tylor Harris recovered the fumble.

“Coach told us we had to win this game. We needed to be 2-2 going into ACC play” redshirt sophomore safety Ryan Janvion said. “We needed to have some momentum going into ACC play.”

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