Defense breakdown: Buffalo

Junior linebacker Kenneth Brinson, sophomore linebacker Cole Christiansen, sophomore safety Jaylon McClinton and senior safety Rhyan England played all 39 defensive snaps in a 21-17 win over Buffalo Saturday.

Army started the game in the nickel with junior James Gibson starting and stayed in the package for 36 plays.

The Black Knights used six reserves for a combined 20 snaps.

Senior linebacker Alex Aukerman recorded a sack for the fifth straight game.

Army shut out its opponent in the second half for the second straight game.

The Black Knights held Buffalo to 2 rushing yards on 11 carries in the second half.

Turnovers created: 2. Jaylon McClinton, forced fumble, third quarter; Alex Aukerman, fumble recovery, second quarter; Andrew McLean, fumble recovery, third quarter.

Third-down defense: Buffalo converted 3-of-8 opportunities and were 0-for-2 in the second half.

Defensive penalties: 1. James Gibson, offside.

Buffalo plays of 20 yards or more: 4. Receiving 3 (Anthony Johnson, 52 yards, 23 yards; Antonio Nunn, 48 yards, touchdown); Rushing 1 (Tyree Jackson, 75 yards, touchdown)

Here’s a breakdown: (39 defensive snaps as charted off DVR):

*LB Kenneth Brinson (39 snaps): 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 21th career start
*S Rhyan England (39 snaps): 2 tackles, 31st career start
*S Jaylon McClinton (39 snaps): 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 7th career start
*LB Cole Christiansen (39 plays): 4 tackles, 2nd career start
*LB James Gibson (38 snaps): 1 tackle, 6th career start
*LB Alex Aukerman (37 snaps): 5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 22nd career start
*CB Jalen Sharp (37 snaps): 5 tackles, 2nd career start
*LB Scott Washle (37 snaps): 3 tackles, 3rd career start
*CB Mike Reynolds (36 snaps): 1 tackle, 1 pass breakup, 1st career start
*DE John Voit (35 snaps): 3 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 27th career start
*NT Andrew McLean (34 snaps): 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 13th career start
CB Cam Jones (5 snaps): 1 tackle
DT Prince Oyetuga (5 snaps)
NT Ray Wright (3 snaps)
LB James Nachtigal (3 snaps): 1 quarterback hurry, 1 pass breakup
LB Chandler Ramirez (3 snaps)
S Max Regan (1 snap): 1 tackle
* – starter

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