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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe didn't think the Demon Deacons could beat Army by just relying on the arm of quarterback Tanner Price.

Instead, it took a little help from Wake Forest's running backs and defense.

The Demon Deacons played their best offensive game in three years, and the defense made a key fourth-quarter stop to win 49-37 on Saturday.

Josh Harris rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Deandre Martin added 115 yards and two touchdowns to help Wake Forest overcome a 23-21 halftime deficit.

Michael Campanaro scored a career-best three touchdowns and amassed 196 all-purpose yards, and Tanner Price threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns for the Demon Deacons, whose 517 total yards was their most since 555 in a loss to Miami in 2009.

"I really went into the game thinking we could probably throw a little bit," Grobe said. "But I really didn't feel like we could be fun-and-gun and win.

"I think we did what we had to do — we made some throws, but certainly it was fun to see the two running backs go."

Wake Forest finished with 296 yards rushing, more than it had compiled in its first three games (205). Last week, in a 52-0 loss at FSU, Wake Forest totaled 126 yards, with 43 rushing.

"All we needed was that one block that could let us go, and today was that day," Harris said.

Harris put Wake Forest in the lead for good with a 19-yard touchdown run early in the third.

Wake Forest's defense had its hands full with the Black Knights, who had the nation's No. 2 rushing offense.

Raymond Maples ran for 140 yards and caught a 13-yard touchdown from Trent Steelman, Larry Dixon had 112 yards, and Steelman ran for three touchdowns for Army, who had 429 rushing yards and a season-best 506 total yards.

no. 8 w. va. 31, maryland 21: Tavon Austin caught three touchdown passes against his home-state Terrapins and the host Mountaineers held on. A Baltimore native, Austin accounted for half of West Virginia's offense, catching 13 passes for 179 yards and now has 208 career receptions to surpass the school mark of 206 set by Jock Sanders from 2007-10. In three games against Maryland, he had 31 catches for 407 yards. "It was my last time playing Maryland," the senior said. "So there was a little bit on the line for me." Despite scoring two early touchdowns, West Virginia looked flat at times after averaging 56 points and 612 yards in its first two games against non-BCS conference opponents. Maryland freshman Perry Hills threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to freshman Stefon Diggs. Maryland had more yards at halftime (212) than it did all of last week in a home loss to UConn.

no. 17 tcu 27, virginia 7: Brandon Carter made two one-handed catches, one for a touchdown and one for a 43-yard gain, and linebacker Kenny Cain had two interceptions and recovered a fumble as the host Horned Frogs won their 11th straight. Josh Boyce had his TCU-record 18th career touchdown catch. Virginia scored with 4½ minutes left, when backup quarterback Phillip Sims threw a 5-yard touchdown to E.J. Scott "Even though the score is indicative of the way they played, believe it or not, there are some positive things that occurred for us against a top-20 team," Cavaliers coach Mike London said.

va. tech 37, bowling green 0: The host Hokies were booed after opening with three straight bungled series. Then Virginia Tech scored three straight touchdowns and rode a 21-0 halftime lead to a rout. "We needed something to get us going. "We were a little slow off the start, and it kind of sent a message," quarterback Logan Thomas said of his 3-yard run, a play on which he could have stepped out of bounds, but instead lowered his shoulder into defensive end Charlie Walker to gain an extra yard on second and 13. That got the Hokies motivated. Virginia Tech limited Bowling Green to 266 yards, with the Falcons shut out for the first time in 170 games. The Falcons, who in their opener stayed close with Florida deep into the third quarter, had 71 yards in the first half, missed a field goal for the fourth time in five tries this season, switched quarterbacks midway through the third quarter and turned the ball over on downs three times in Hokies territory in the second half. "We just talked about playing better, getting back to playing the way Virginia Tech plays, flying around to the football and playing with intelligent recklessness," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said.

unc 27, e. carolina 6: Gio Bernard scored two touchdowns in his return from a knee injury and the host Tar Heels took over in the second half. Bernard, who missed two games after hurting his left knee in the opener, had a 14-yard scoring catch from Bryn Renner in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run in the third. Renner was 27-for-43 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns, throwing a 62-yard touchdown to sophomore receiver Sean Tapley early in the third.

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