Quick thoughts: Air Force

Just a couple of thoughts before coach Ellerson’s press conference this afternoon…

Army was outcoached and outplayed by Air Force in the second half, no question. Air Force beat Army in every phase of the game and beat down the Black Knights’ psyche. Thinking the altitude (6,620 feet) of Falcon Stadium also bothered Army players. It just looked like they ran out of energy in the second half as again maybe whatever energy they had left was zapped out of them by Air Force.

Saw times when Army players on both offense and defense were watching while the play was still in action. All 11 Black Knights needed to play the game on the edge until the whistle if Army was going have a chance in Colorado Springs and that wasn’t happening across the board.

Army’s offensive line, as expected, struggled in its pass blocking. Quarterback Angel Santiago had very little time to throw in the second half.

Was Army’s defense so caught up in the run that it forgot how to cover the pass? Numerous times, Air Force receivers looked like, “they were dropped out of a helicopter” to steal one of Ellerson’s sayings. Freshman quarterback Nate Romine had wide-open targets to throw to all game.

Army’s special teams took a turn for the worse. Kicker Dan Grochowski had a 48-yard field goal blocked. The line just didn’t block on the attempt. If Air Force’s Nick Fitzpatrick didn’t block it, Dexter Walker would have. A made field goal there would have gave Army a two-possession lead in the second quarter, which would have been big in a back-and-forth first half.

Grochowski also missed a 39-yard field goal wide right in another key situation. Army’s defense had forced Air Force to punt on its first possession of the second half. A field goal there would have gave Army a 24-21 lead with 8:49 left in the third quarter.

Alex Tardieu’s 13-yard punt in the third quarter didn’t help with field position. Has to be the fourth or fifth time this season Tardieu has booted a punt of 20 yards or less.

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