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WATCH: No. 16 Wake Forest outlasts Army 70-56

Oct 23, 2021; West Point, New York, USA; Army Black Knights running back Brandon Walters (11) celebrates after his touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons  during the first half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; West Point, New York, USA; Army Black Knights running back Brandon Walters (11) celebrates after his touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Hartman threw for five touchdowns and No. 16 Wake Forest finally got some separation to top host Army 70-56 by scoring the third-most points in program history Saturday afternoon at West Point, N.Y.

Hartman also ran for a touchdown while he compiled 458 yards in the air on 23-of-29 passing as Wake Forest rolled up 638 yards of offense.

The teams traded touchdowns into the third quarter before the Demon Deacons (7-0) benefited from Traveon Reed’s 83-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 42-28 lead.
That was the first time that Wake Forest, which never trailed, led by more than seven points.

Wake Forest’s lead was 56-49 with eight minutes left after Army’s Jabari Laws connected with Tyrell Robinson for a 25-yard touchdown play.

Wake Forest responded with Hartman’s 8-yard touchdown run with 6:57 remaining for a 63-49 lead. The Demon Deacons added Justice Ellison’s 46-yard scoring run with 1:48 to go before Army’s final touchdown on Laws’ 39-yard pass to Isaiah Alston.

Three of Hartman’s touchdown passes went to Jaquarii Roberson, with those covering 41, 75 and 2 yards.

Christian Beal-Smith added 71 rushing yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest.

Army (4-3) lost its third straight game despite racking up 595 yards of total offense. Laws was 9-for-11 in the air for 140 yards and three touchdowns.

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Tyhier Tyler of Army ran for 104 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown, while Robinson gained 98 yards on 11 carries and Anthony Adkins had 93 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts. Jakobi Buchanan scored on two runs for the Cadets.

Wake Forest, which was coming off an open date since winning in overtime Oct. 9 at Syracuse, surrendered 416 rushing yards to Army’s triple-option attack.

Wake Forest didn’t commit a turnover, while both of Army’s giveaways came in the second half after reaching Wake Forest territory.

The Demon Deacons have won in their last four visits to West Point. This marked the first meeting since Army won a 2016 road matchup.

–Field Level Media