Army is having a brutal season. That didn’t get any better tonight. First off, prayers up for Tyhier Tyler, who suffered an absolutely gruesome looking leg injury. Seriously, that’s far more important than anything football related. I hope the kid’s alright. That said, though, this thing was pretty much never in doubt. Army drove down almost the length of the field on the opening possession, helped by a 50 yard bomb of a pass play, before the gritty Wake Forest defense forced a fumble, recovered, scored a touchdown off of it, and never looked back. Wake Forest led 38-0 through three quarters, admittedly giving up good amounts of yardage in the process, but this game was proof that raw yardage is often empty calories. Wake Forest had 80 more yards of total offense throughout the game, but 35 more points to show for it.
Wake’s rushing attack was absolutely monstrous, actually outperforming Army and racking up a pretty insane 5.3 YPC rushing. The passing game wasn’t too far behind, with a combined 15-22 on 12.1 YPA between Sam Hartman and Mitch Griffis. The defense did their jobs, ending up +2 on the turnover margin and stopping Army twice on fourth down attempts. I think the key to remember when looking at something like raw yardage is that a system like Army’s is going to get yards. The key is forcing them into empty possessions and being able to score on them, both of which Wake Forest was able to do with aplomb.
The bowl streak will continue, the only question is how good of one. Dave Clawson and his staff are maestros, and we’re lucky to have them. I’m not sure if there’s too much else to say right this second. Wake Forest won’t quite be flirting with the top 10, but truth be told, they probably should be. Oh well, let’s just keep winning and fix that problem, shall we?
On to the next. Go Deacs.