10/6: Army news and notes

Army’s lost 42-33 to Tulane on Saturday to fall to 3-2 on the season, ending a 15-game home win streak in the process.

Here’s a few notes from the game:

First off, Tulane is really good. It may be hard for some to grasp, since those who follow college football know the school has been putrid at football for some time now. But under head coach Willie Fritz, the program has ascended to become a threat not only in its conference but to some Power 5 teams across the country. Army head coach Jeff Monken said he texted Fritz after the Green Wave’s thrilling victory over Houston to say, “Congrats. I wish you guys stunk.” He’s likely still wishing.

Army’s rushing total, 193 yards, was its fewest since last season’s opener at Duke. The 170 passing yards were the most this season. Monken said after the game that it wasn’t his plan to pass as much as they did (although Kelvin Hopkins did drop back on the first offensive snap of the game, eliciting an audible gasp from the crowd before the ball even left his hands).

Defensive end Jake Ellington, slotback Kell Walker and guard Jaxson Deaton were all injured during the game, but all of them were able to walk off the field. Ellington and Walker, who were hurt earlier in the game, returned to the game. All in all, Army, which has endured its fair share of injuries through the first four games, was able finish the Tulane game relatively unscathed in the health department.

Monken and his players talked about blocking and tackling over and over again after the game as the two culprits to the loss. I asked Monken if he plans on changing up the offensive line after a performance like that. He indicated that he doesn’t, just that his players need to be more mentally prepared to play athletic teams like Tulane.

The decision to go for two twice was a questionable one for Army, especially the second time when kicking the extra point would have put the Black Knights a touchdown and two-point conversion away from tying the game. Effectively, failing on that two-point conversion after Army’s last touchdown sealed the game. The final drive, which started on Army’s 10-yard line and had a few big plays — notably the hook-and-ladder where Camden Harrison caught a pass and flipped it to Walker — was effectively all for naught because Army was down by nine. Monken chalked his choice to forgo the extra points up to analytics.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Categories

  • Archives