Schrage gets SportsCenter moment

Asked Army coach Jeff Monken if there was any truth to the rumor that he wasn’t talking to punter Nick Schrage for an extended period of time after last year’s Lafayette game.

Army called, “rugby right” on 4th-and-44 from their own 30, up 28 points. Schrage chose to run the ball over punting and was dropped and fumbled, losing a total of 19 yards. The play made SportsCenter’s “Not Top 10.”

“Oh no,” Monken said tough and cheek after Army’s 21-17 win over Buffalo Saturday. “Nick and I have had a deal since his freshman year that he came to camp. He doesn’t get to talk to me. I don’t talk to him. He doesn’t talk to me. It works out great. If you talk to Nick for a while, you’ve heard enough. He does enough talking for a lifetime.”

Well, Schrage and Monken spoke before the punter took the field for a 4th-and-5 at Army’s 42 with 2:28 left and Army leading Buffalo 21-17. Army was calling “rugby right” again  this time, Monken told Schrage if the space was there to run.

And, that’s exactly what the junior did. Getting a crucial edge block from Scott Washle, Schrage picked up 15 yards and quickly ran out of bounds on the Army sideline. Schrage was mobbed by teammates in celebration. The punter has just sealed the Black Knights’ second win of the season.

After the singing of Army’s alma mater, Schrage and Monken crossed path. The coach said something along the lines of “good job.”

Schrage’s run earned him an interview with CBS Sports Network sideline reporter John Schriffen and a seat in the postgame press conference. The play and his television interview were featured on SportsCenter Saturday night.

“I saw a hole open up the size of the Red Sea,” Schrage told Schriffen. “When it parted, I just took off, got the first (down) and got out of bounds as fast as I could.”

Schrage took to social media Saturday and posted the play with one word, “Redemption” and a hash tag “BeatBuffalo.”

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