Today's Game

October 20, 2007

Matchup -- Wake Forest (4-2) at Navy (4-2)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

TV -- CSTV

Radio -- 1090 AM, Sirius Satellite Radio Ch. 123

Line -- Wake Forest by 3

Series -- Wake Forest leads 5-2

Last meeting -- Wake Forest won, 30-27, on Nov. 23, 2002, in Winston Salem, N.C.

Navy offense vs. Wake Forest defense -- Navy's running attack continues to lead the country with 345.5 yards per game, and its passing game is ranked 15th in efficiency. The Mids will need every bit of that offensive production to keep pace with Wake's offense. Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada said the Demon Deacons' defense is the best the Mids have seen this season. "I don't think there is any doubt about that," he said. "They're coming off a win over Florida State. They will be on the juice, and they will be flying around." Wake's defense is led by free safety Chip Vaughn (49 tackles), linebacker Aaron Curry (44 tackles) and cornerback Alphonso Smith (four interceptions - three of which have been returned for touchdowns).

Navy defense vs. Wake Forest offense -- Here's how Navy coach Paul Johnson describes Wake's offense: "If you want to see what it looks like, just go put the Air Force game on and watch it on fast-forward. That's what it will look like. It will be at warp speed." Demon Deacons quarterback Riley Skinner, who is completing 70 percent of his passes, has already climbed to third on Wake's career winning list with 13 victories and needs just five more to move into a tie for first. He has been sacked just seven times this season and has led his team from behind against Florida State, Duke and Maryland. In the backfield, he relies on freshman running back Josh Andrews (365 rushing yards and three touchdowns) and senior running back Mical Andrews (223 yards, one touchdown). The Deacons will present the Mids with their biggest challenge this season. Navy's most experienced players continue to suffer injuries. Junior rover Ketric Buffin injured his arm against Pittsburgh and is doubtful for today's game.

[SANDRA MCKEE]

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