• Joe Harman

#16 Wake Forest @ ARMY Game Notes

October 23, 2021, 12:00 pm

Michie Stadium, US Military Academy at West Point, NY


Army deferred the opening kickoff and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons high-powered offense got right to work, quickly getting into Army territory and capping a 8-play drive with a 3-yard TD run from Christi Turner. 11:56

The drive went 63 yards on 8 plays, 3:04

Army 0, Wake Forest 7

The Black Knights’ #2-ranked rushing offense surprised everyone by calling a pass play on their first play from scrimmage and picked up 39 yards on the completion from senior QB Christian Anderson to senior runningback Brandon Walters.

Anderson started at QB for Army after missing the last two games with a chest injury.

Walters rushed for eight yards to get Army a first-and-goal at the Wake Forest 8 yard line, then ran it three plays later to tie the game for Army. 8:02

The drive went 75 yards on 7 plays, 3:54

Army 7, Wake Forest 7

Wake Forest took a fair catch on the ensuing kickoff, but stuck themselves on their own three yard line. Wake QB Sam Hartman hit receiver A.T. Perry for 50 yards on the second play of the drive, then connected with Jaqua Roberson for another 41 yards and the touchdown. 6:43

The drive went 95 yards on 5 plays, 1:19

Army 7, Wake Forest 14

Army QB Anderson was hit hard while being sacked on the next possession. He appeared to re-aggravate his chest injury, left the game and did not return. Army went three and out on the possession and punted -- it turned out to be the only punt of the game.

The Army defense held on the following Wake Forest possession as senior nose tackle Nolan Cockrill stopped Hartman on a 4th-and-1 quarterback keeper for a turnover on downs.

It was the only Wake Forest possession where the Demon Deacons did not score a touchdown, save for their kneel down at the end of the game.


Quarterbacks Tyhier Tyler, a junior, and Jabari Laws, a senior, began platooning at quarterback for Army, and they led the Black Knights on a grind-it-out drive that spanned the end of the 1st quarter and into the 2nd. Junior running back Jakobi Buchannan scored on a 3-yard rushing play to tie the game.

The drive went 55 yards on 12 plays, 6:35

Army 14, Wake Forest 14

The Demon Deacons answered immediately with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Hartman to A.T. Perry.

The drive went 71 yards on 4 plays, 1:00

Army 14, Wake Forest 21

The Army offense went right back to slicing through the Wake Forest defense, and moved steadily down the field and Tyler ended the drive with a 24-yard touchdown run.

The drive went 75 yards on 13 plays, 7:31

Army 21, Wake Forest 21

The Army defense began to play deeper in the secondary to guard against another big pass play, but Wake Forest adjusted with short passes and runs to move the ball. The Demon Deacons retook the lead when runningback Christian Beal-Smith rushed for a 13-yard touchdown.

The drive went 88 yards on 10 plays, 2:38

Army 21, Wake Forest 28


Taking the kick-off to start the 2nd half, Army got big gains on rushing plays from Tyler and senior runningback Brandon Walters, and eventually Buchannan punched it in from the 1 to tie the game again.

The drive went 75 yards on 6 plays, 3:22

Army 28, Wake Forest 28

Three plays later Wake Forest had the lead again after a 75-yard touchdown pass from Hartman to Roberson.

The drive went 82 yards on 3 plays, 0:59

Army 28, Wake Forest 35

Army then faced another 4th down, this time at the Wake Forest 30. Too far for a field goal attempt, the Black Knights tried to catch Wake Forest off guard with a fake punt. Backup quarterback Cade Ballard entered the game and tried to throw a quick pass to get the first down. But he was intercepted by Traveon Redd, who returned it 83 yards for another Wake Forest touchdown.

Army 28, Wake Forest 42

After the kickoff, Army's sophomore runningback Anthony Adkins took the handoff on the second play and ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The drive went 75 yards on 2 plays, 0:34

Army 35, Wake Forest 42

Wake Forest needed only 1 play to get their seventh touchdown as Hartman connected with Ke'Sh Williams for a 75-yard response.

The drive went 75 yards on 1 play, 0:14

Army 35, Wake Forest 49

Army began to march down the field again, but QB Tyler was hit hard while carrying the ball on an option play. It would turn into a targeting penalty and the disqualification of Wake Forest defender Ry Smenda, but Tyler would not return and Jabari Laws played the rest of the game at QB for Army.


The 4th quarter started with the culmination of another long touchdown drive by the Black Knights. It was capped by Jabari Laws' first passing touchdown since 2019, a 21-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Isiah Alston.

The drive went 75 yards on 8 plays, 5:23

Army 42, Wake Forest 49

Wake Forest responded with its own 8-play, 75-yard touchdown drive and Beal-Smith got his second TD of the game on a 21-yard run.

The drive went 75 yards on 8 plays, 3:10

Army 42, Wake Forest 56

Not to be outdone, Army sliced its way through the Wake Forest defense again and senior runnigback A.J. Howard scored on a 13-yard rush.

The drive went 75 yards on 7 plays, 3:23

Army 42, Wake Forest 56

The Black Knights attempted an onsides kick, but Wake Forest recovered it on the Army 47 yard line. The Demon Deacons scored again when Hartman scrambled, then dashed into the endzone from the 8.

The drive went 47 yards on 4 plays, 1:21

Army 49, Wake Forest 63

Down 2 touchdowns with time running short, Army began to move the ball. But a fumble by senior runningback Cade Barnard gave the ball back to Wake Forest.

With less than 3 minutes in the game, Wake Forest did not slowly run out the clock. Instead they scored their 10th touchdown of the game when Justic Ellison found a hole and ran 46 yards to the endzone.

The drive went 62 yards on 4 plays, 1:10

Army 49, Wake Forest 70

Army had another chance and didn't waste it, as Laws hit Alston for a 39-yard touchdown. The drive went 65 yards on 3 plays, 1:03

Army 56, Wake Forest 70

Then, finally, Wake Forest let the clock run out.

Final Score: Army 56, Wake Forest 70

Combined Stats:

Touchdowns: 18

First Downs: 53

Total Offense: 1,233 yards

Points Scored: 126

Punts: 1

Field Goals Made/Attempts: 0/0

Turnovers: 2 (both by Army)



Tyhier Tyler: 15 rushes, 104 yards, 1 TD

Tyrell Robinson: 11 rushes, 98 yards, 0 TD

Anthony Adkins: 10 rushes, 93 yards, 1 TD

Brandon Walters: 4 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD

Total: 70 rushes, 416 yards, 5 TDs

Wake Forest

Chr Beal-Smith: 8 rushes, 71yards

Ellison Justic: 5 rushes, 66 yards

Total: 23 rushes, 180 yards, 4 TDs



Jabari Laws: 11 attempts, 9 completions, 140 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT

Christian Anderson: 1 attempt, 1 completion, 39 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Cade Ballard: 1 attempt, 0 completions, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

Total: 13 attempts, 10 completions, 179 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

Wake Forest

Sam Hartman: 29 attempts, 23 completions, 458 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT



Isaiah Alston: 6 receptions, 107 yards, 2 TDs

Brandon Walters, 1 reception, 39 yards, 0 TDs

Tyrell Robinson, 3 receptions, 33 yards, 1 TD

Total: 10 receptions, 179 yards, 3 TDs

Wake Forest

Jaqua Roberson: 8 receptions, 157 yards, 3 TDs

A.T. Perry: 6 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD

Ke'Sh Williams: 2 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

Christian Beal-Smith: 3 receptions, 24 yards, 0 TDs

Total: 23 receptions, 458 yards, 5 TDs



Cedrick Cunningham: 6 tackles

Julian McDuffie: 5 tackles

Marquel Broughton: 5 tackles, 1 TFL (3 yards)

Wake Forest

Ronde Bothroyd: 10 tackles, 1.5 TFL (6 yards), 1 sack

Luke Masterson: 9 tackles

Dylan Hazen: 8 tackles, 1 TFL (1 yard)

Traveon Redd: 7 tackles, 1 INT (83-yard return, TD)