No. 16 Wake Forest defeats Army, 70-56, behind Hartman | Archives
WEST POINT, NY (AP) – Sam Hartman threw for a career-high 458 yards and five touchdowns in a big game and ran for another score, and No.16 Wake Forest beat the Army with a win from 70-56 on Saturday to go undefeated.
Army (4-3), who lost their third straight game, hadn’t beaten a ranked opponent since a 17-14 win over Air Force in 1972, but the Black Knights made Wake Forest (7- 0) wins.
Hartman was unstoppable and rarely under pressure, completing 23 of 29 passes and hitting 41, 54 and two of 75 yards touchdown passes as he tied Michie Stadium’s record for scoring passes. The Army never led, and a costly intercept return for a third-quarter touchdown gave the Demon Deacons the wiggle room they needed.
Two touchdown passes by Jabari Laws of the Army, one from 21 yards to Isaiah Alston at the end of the third and one from 25 yards to Tyrell Robinson midway through the fourth, kept a game down to one possession until Hartman scores on an 8-yard run with 6:57 remaining
Army rushed for 416 yards and finished with 595 yards offensively as the teams combined for 1,233 yards in a game that featured just one punt.
It was a one-possession game until the third quarter after Army tied the score at 28 on Jakobi Buchanan’s 1-yard touchdown.
Hartman came back quickly, hitting Jaquarii Roberson down the middle for 75 yards.
The Black Knights then went deep into Wake Forest on the possession that followed and attempted a trick on a fourth and five. It backfired when quarterback Cade Ballard, in his first game of the season, lined up as the starter and his left flat pass was intercepted by Traveon Redd, who fired him 83 yards for a touchdown and a 42-28 lead.
But the big games kept on coming.
Anthony Adkins ran 71 yards for an army score and Hartman responded with a 75-yard strike to Ke’Shawn Williams.
Army tied the Demon Deacons on the scoreboard in the first half until Christian Beal-Smith scored on a 13-yard run into the bowels of the Army defense with 35 seconds left in the second quarter. to give Wake Forest a 28-21 halftime lead.
Hartman guided the Demon Deacons to two quick scores in the first quarter. The second was marked by two big games. Pinned to his own 3, Hartman hit AT Perry for 50 yards down the middle and three plays later joined Roberson for a 41-yard lead and a 14-7 lead.
After Buchanan’s 3-yard run tied the score to 14 early in the second quarter, Hartman connected on a 54-yard pass to Perry, who was free after Army defenseman Cam Jones fell.
Army, who used three quarters in the first half, tied it at 21-21 on Tyhier Tyler’s 24-yard run down the middle with 3:17 left in the second. Army had failed on a 4 and 2 game, but after a video review by the team of officials, Wake Forest was penalized for having too many players and Tyler took advantage.
Playing against a ranked team at Michie Stadium for the first time this century, Army entered the game with the fewest penalties in the country (21) and committed three in Wake Forest’s first possession, which ended in a 3-yard TD from Christian Turner.
Hartman broke the Michie Stadium record for passing yards set in 2014 by Joe Licata of Buffalo, who threw for 401 yards in Jeff Monken’s first game as an army coach. The Black Knights won that one, 47-39.
Wake Forest: With Hartman at the helm, the Demon Deacons are a force, but the defense has fallen short of the military and they face a huge test in November in the Atlantic Division title race. the Atlantic Coast Conference with back-to-back games in North Carolina, at home against NC State and at Clemson.
Army: The Black Knights have shown they can play with the best programs in the country. They rushed for a high season in the race and threw three touchdowns, a good sign for the future.
Wake Forest returns to ACC action to welcome Duke next Saturday.
The Army takes a break before facing the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy against its Air Force Service Academy rival Nov. 6 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. It is the first neutral site game in the series since 1965 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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