Three numbers to track as the Deacs face the Army Black Knights at 3:30 p.m. at BB&T Field.
Army has ran 131 more plays — that's an average of 18.7 per game — than their opponents this season. With a ball-control, triple option attack, the Black Knight dominate time of possession and limit offensive opportunities for their opponents. That's at least part of the reason for their robust rankings in defensive categories — opposing offenses simply don't get a chance.
Army wins time of possession by an average of more than 10 minutes per game, and allow just 54 offensive plays on average to their opponents.
North Texas jumped out to a two-score lead (21-10) early in the third quarter last week, then tacked on another touchdown mid-3rd quarter to make it 28-10. That led the Black Knights to slightly abandon their standard offensive attack and put the ball in the air a season-high 21 times.
It didn't work out so well. Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw threw four interceptions, while completing just seven passes for 94 yards.
Wake topped Army 17-14 last season on a last-second field goal by Mike Weaver and 24-21 two years ago at BB&T Field, winning both of those games by three points.
With Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson contending this is the best Army team the Deacs have faced, it will take a focused effort to prevent another nail-biter.