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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The plan is simple for Army: trust the run-heavy offense, keep leaning on the opponent and pounce once the defenses legs get a little wobbly.It worked well enough Saturday to bring the Black Knights within a win of bowl eligibility for the first time in six years.Ahmad Bradshaw scored on an 11-yard keeper with 11:45 left to help Army beat Wake Forest 21-13 as part of a dominant fourth-quarter effort. Darnell Woolfolk added a TD run of his own with 2:54 left for what amounted to a clinching score.The Black Knights (5-3) entered with the nations No. 2 rushing offense (357.6 yards), but had managed just 42 yards in the first half and 131 through three quarters. Yet when the fourth began, Armys runners were soon bulling their way through a fading defensive front and dragging tacklers for first downs.Thats exactly what Coach (Jeff) Monken and (offensive coordinator Brent Davis) harp on, Woolfolk said. They say that we execute our game plan, things will open up. Maybe not right away, but if we keep doing our brand of football things will open up. And thats exactly what happened.Army ran for 107 yards in that final quarter with its wear-you-down, clock-melting style.I didnt expect we were going to fold. I thought we would fight, Monken said. And thats what Im most proud of: they just came out in the second half and fought really, really hard.Army is having its best season since winning seven games and earning the programs last bowl invitation in 2010.Wake Forest was trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. But John Wolford got the Demon Deacons off to a bad start with two interceptions on overthrown balls on the first three possessions, and Wake Forests offense sputtered as Army made its fourth-quarter move.They were better prepared, they out-executed us, they out-toughed us, they played smarter than us, Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson said. They beat us, they flat-out beat us. If wed have won that game, we wouldnt have deserved it.THE TAKEAWAYARMY: The Black Knights have proven theyre the type of team content to lean on opponents with the run -- again and again -- to wear them down and slowly assert control. This game was a reminder of how well that formula can work, even on a day when the big rushing totals arent there.Weve just got to believe at all times, Bradshaw said. Definitely we cant flinch.WAKE FOREST: Despite its moments of growth in Clawsons third season, Wake Forest is still prone to offensive struggles and lacks some big-play punch, occasionally turning drives into work-for-everything fights.Offensively we had made improvement through the middle of the season, Clawson said, Were starting to regress a little bit. Were not making plays.THE BOWL GOALClawson deflected questions earlier this week about his team trying to become bowl eligible, saying it would only get there if it accomplished its goal of going 1-0 each week enough times.While Monken borrowed that line after Saturdays win, Bradshaw said its definitely on our minds while Woolfolk pointed out that the teams preseason goals included winning -- not just reaching -- a bowl.Obviously it feels good that were right there knocking on the door to become bowl eligible, Woolfolk said, and thats exactly what we want to do.QB PLAYWolfords third interception with 9:25 left proved to be a killer, with Army answering with a 12-play drive that took 6 1/2 minutes off the clock and ended with Woolfolks TD run. He completed 23 of 43 passes (53 percent) for 220 yards and one TD.Fellow quarterback Kendall Hinton missed his fifth straight game with a knee injury.UP NEXTARMY: The Black Knights can become bowl eligible by beating Air Force next week. Air Force has won three straight meetings by at least 14 points.WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons host Virginia in the first meeting between the teams since Wake Forests 16-10 road win in 2012.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap---More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org Cheap NBA Jerseys . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Cheap Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. http://www.cheapcavaliersjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=cheap-collin-sexton-jersey . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. Cheap Cavaliers Jerseys China . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. Wholesale Cavaliers Jerseys . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. TORONTO -- Imagine being Rob Blake over the past 24 hours.As part of Team Canadas management team, he was fully invested in a major win over rival Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. No better feeling for a former Team Canada star player now turned executive.On the flip side, its not fun seeing his Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi getting raked over the coals for his decision-making in putting together Team USA.Its a tough position, Blake, assistant GM for the Kings, told ESPN.com Wednesday. I think they all know they have to go through Canada at the end of the day. They talk about it a lot and they probably use it as a way to get the guys motivated and that. But then when it doesnt go that way, theres going to be fallout. Itll be tough on him because he doesnt make any of those decisions without doing a ton of work in the background. That I know for sure, I see him in the office every day doing that. You know, its not like hes throwing a team on a piece of paper and says, Here we go. He put a lot of work into the background and everything.Blake, as of Wednesday afternoon, hadnt reached out yet to Lombardi. He wanted to give him some time, but he was going to give him a call soon enough, as theres also some Kings business to go over together.The narrative now in the wake of Team USAs ultra-disappointing performance here is that USA Hockey needs to rethink its ways. I mentioned to Blake that it was reminiscent to what happened here with Hockey Canada after Canadas semifinal loss to the Czech Republic in the NHLs first foray in the Olympics at Nagano in 1998.dddddddddddd. That came two years after losing to Team USA in the World Cup finals, Blake part of both of those Canadian squads. Hockeys birth country had a total meltdown after Nagano, and it actually led to a major summit in Toronto assembling some of the games smartest coaches and executives in an effort to rethink how players were developed in Canada.Part of the legacy of that summit was that Hockey Canada did indeed change many of its ways, spawning an impactful generation of players that has since dominated best-on-best hockey with Olympic wins at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. I think the intriguing thing for both countries right now is the young stars, the North American team, Blake said of the 23-and-under squad featuring Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Johnny Gaudreau. Theres a lot of talent on that team for both those countries that are up and coming.But yeah, its no different when we lost in Japan [in 1998], it was like they had to redo everything, Blake said. But I think you want that pressure because youre expected to win these tournaments. Im sure from knowing Dean and their management side on the U.S., they had the same expectations, they were expecting to win. Its no different from the guys in Canada. The expectations are always to win.And when you dont, you accept the fallout that comes with it. Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China ' ' '

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