Checking out Wake Forest’s passing statistics, one would think Army fared pretty well in Saturday’s game at Michie Stadium.
Wake Forest QB Tanner Price completed just 6 of 17 passes. Michael Campanaro was held to four catches, none in the second half, after tying an ACC-record with 16 receptions in his previous game.
Price misfired on his first six passes but he made two big throws, which resulted in 105 yards of real estate. Campanaro scored the game’s first touchdown on 66-yard pass from Price late in the second quarter. He caught the ball on a crossing pattern around the Wake Forest 46 and raced down the right sideline beating about half of Army’s defense.
Price recognized one-on-one coverage with his tight end Spencer Bishop against rover Thomas Holloway. The pass went for a 39-yard catch and helped set up Wake Forest’s go-ahead touchdown.
Have we’ve seen the end of rotating quarterbacks? For the second straight week, I didn’t understand changing quarterbacks on Army’s third series. It was probably predetermined like last week against Stanford, But, Army had the lead, albeit a 2-0 advantage, when starter Angel Santiago was replaced by A.J. Schurr. Schurr lost fumbles on Army’s next two possessions and appeared to be banged up on the second fumble.
The quarterback situation may get more complicated after sophomore Kelvin White’s debut. Think White deserves another look. He entered in the fourth quarter for Army’s final drive and showed what coaches already knew from practice. He’s poised. He’s one of the team’s best athletes. And, he has the strongest arm of any Army quarterback.
Received some emails on whether White should start against Louisiana Tech Saturday. Not sure if coach Rich Ellerson will make that move. But, I think White, who completed 5 of his 6 passes, should play in a 2-minute scenario like the end of the first half against Wake Forest.
Schurr’s fumbles may not have been his fault. Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock was blocking the mesh point. Army’s interior line simply could not get Whitlock blocked. At times, Whitlock was in the backfield a split second after the snap.
Army’s new-look defense slowed Wake Forest down for a half. The Black Knights played a two-man front where the linemen positioned themselves between the guard and tackle on each side. Two inside linebackers covered the middle. Wake Forest figured out it could get its lineman to the second level, engage the inside linebackers and runs quarterback draws and gives to running back Josh Harris for yards. Harris carried the ball five straight times to open Wake Forest’s final scoring drive in the fourth quarter and Army didn’t make any adjustments. Was subbing a defensive lineman (nose guard) for an inside linebacker and reverting back to its base defense possible on the fly without calling a timeout? Harris would get two more touches on the drive, his second went for 6-yard TD. Army switched back to its base defense on the Wake Forest’s drive. Too late.
Junior wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence extended his streak with a reception to 14 games. Lawrence caught one pass for 3 yards on the final play of the first half. He had to reach low for pass from Angel Santiago. If the pass falls incomplete, the clock stops with about five seconds left in the first half and kicker Dan Grochowski could have attempted a 52-yard field goal to end the half. Army blew a chance to at least try for points after it caught a break when Thomas Holloway recovered a Wake Forest fumble at Wake 41 with 28 seconds left.
Army’s six false-penalty penalties in a home game are unexplainable. How does that happen?
The Black Knights were called for eight penalties total for the second time in three games. Not a good sign for a team, which must be precise for 60 minutes to have a shot.