Army Extends Home Winning Streak To Eight With 38-14 Win Over Liberty

 
“ARMY FOOTBALL IS BACK”, that’s an actual tweet I saw last night. They never left people, just had an off week against a good Duke team.
I said that Army needed to get the fullback dive going in order for the offense to start humming again, that’s exactly what happened. The four Army fullbacks combined for 259 rushing yards with Darnell Woolfolk leading the group with 98 yards and two touchdowns.
The Army defense gave up some chunk yards on the Flames first drive but DB Jaylon McClinton punched a ball out to force a fumble.
The Army offense had to punt due to the new cut block rule, but Darnell Woolfolk got into a rhythm(4 carries, 25 yards) that would set him up to dominate the rest of the game.
After the defense forced another punt, Kelvin Hopkins and co. came out and drove down the field for a touchdown to go up 7-0.

The next Liberty drive saw something I have never seen before, Liberty’s punter got ejected for targeting… yes you read that right, Liberty’s punter got ejected for targeting.

That penalty gave Army the ball at the Liberty 31-yard line. The Black Knights punched the ball into the endzone two plays later.
 

That touchdown was followed by a lot of punting and then on the last drive of the half Army hit a field goal to take a 17-0 lead into the locker room.

The second half began with a passing touchdown from Army, Hopkins hit WR Christian Hayes for a 44-yard touchdown.

But the Flames offense would wake up and they responded really fast; two plays, 78 yards, 28 seconds and a touchdown.
Army would be forced to punt on the ensuing drive and Liberty would strike again. This time it was on a beautiful catch by BJ Farrow.

After back to back punts Army got the ball knowing they needed to score points in order to kill the momentum that Liberty had. The Black Knights went on a 10 play, 80-yard drive that was capped off with a two-yard score by Darnell Woolfolk.
The very next play from scrimmage, Jaylon McClinton struck again, picking off a pass from Liberty QB Calvert.
That pick would lead to a touchdown and Army would win 38-14.

Important Notes:

  • Army DB Elijah Riley quieted Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden(three receptions for 33 yards)
  • Army DB Javhari Bourdeau looked much improved, even covered Gandy-Golden at times
  • Army had seven penalties for 100 yards, most of them coming from the new cut block rule
  • ZERO FUMBLES after putting the ball on the ground five times last week Army practiced ball security a lot in practice and it showed

Next up: Army stays at home and gets Hawaii at who looks extremely good this season, starting 3-0.
 
 

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