Good Bad Ugly: Air Force

 

Good
Edge-of-seat theater: Another Army home win, another down-to-the-wire victory. The Black Knights extended their winning streak at Michie Stadium to 11 straight games, seven by a touchdown or less. Cole Christiansen’s fourth-down tackle of Air Force quarterback D.J. Hammond and Kelvin Hopkins’ fourth-down conversion sealed the win in the final moments. Army posted consecutive wins over Air Force for the first time since 1978.

Long driving: Army’s game-opening touchdown drive was its longest in plays (21) and time (12 minutes, 55 seconds) this season.  CBS Sports Network reported that the drive was the longest in the last four years in terms of duration. Army overcame two chop-block penalties and a personal foul on the drive.

First-half defense: The Black Knights picked a first-half shutout for the third time this season and the second straight game. Opponents have not scored a point in the second quarter against Army in four of the last five games.

Reynolds to rescue: Senior cornerback Mike Reynolds became the first Black Knights to have multiple interceptions this season when he picked off Isaiah Sanders at Army’s 4 with 46 seconds left in the first half and Army leading 14-0. Reynolds did not start the game but made two tackles and had his team-leading eighth pass breakup.

Bad

Third-quarter woes: Army’s offense went 3-and-out in its first two drives after halftime. The two drives totaled eight yards. Air Force ran 24 plays to Army’s eight in the quarter.

Penalties: Army was flagged five times – two chop blocks, a personal foul, unsportsmanlike conduct and pass interference. As stated above, three of the penalties came in Army’s first drive.

Ugly

4-yard punt: Nick Schrage’s rugby-style punt attempt was partially blocked by Air Force’s Jeremy Fejedelem and was marked at Army’s 34. Schrage hesitated for a split second allowing Fejedelem to close on the ball. Air Force took advantage of the field position on a 9-play drive that resulted in the Falcons’ first touchdown.

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