Well, if you had any worries of an Oklahoma hangover, the Black Knights put that to bed yesterday in Western New York.
— Army WP Football (@ArmyWP_Football) September 29, 2018
The game started with Buffalo scoring on a screen pass that K.J. Osborn took 53-yards to the house.
K.J. Osborn makes a couple of defenders miss to start off the scoring for @UBFootball.
Army needed a response because after the first drive it felt like the Bulls offense was going to score with ease. On a 3rd and 11 from the Army 36, Kelvin Hopkins dropped back to pass and was picked off by Brandon Williams.
Buffalo got the ball back and moved down the field pretty easily but then the Army defense stepped up and when they went for it on 4th and 14, Army stopped Tyree Jackson and co.
The Black Knights responded in typical Army fashion, 11-plays, 75-yards, and nearly six minutes later the game was tied at 7-7 thanks to Calen Holt.
That toss pays off for @ArmyWP_Football.
During that drive though, Kelvin Hopkins got his confidence back; on 3rd and 8 he hit Holt for a 22 yard gain.
Army had the momentum, they needed a stop to give their offense a chance to take the lead. After the defense forced a three and out, the offense went on another 75+ yard drive and took the lead on a Connor Slomka touchdown run.
Controlling the pace and cashing in on opportunities.
The next Buffalo drive, the Bulls moved their way down the field; they were forced to attempt a field goal but Army DL Wunmi Oyetuga and DB Elijah Riley weren’t having it. Oyetuga broke through the line and blocked the field goal and Riley picked the ball up and took it all the way to the house to put Army up 21-7 late in the second quarter.
BLOCKED! What a play by Elijah Riley to score off the field goal return for Army. pic.twitter.com/DvgU38SuYb
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 29, 2018
The Black Knights would take that lead into halftime.
The second half began with and an Army punt and a Buffalo touchdown, it felt like the Liberty game all over again.
Kelvin Hopkins didn’t worry, he led his Black Knights back into the endzone. Hopkins hit Jordan Asberry on a beautiful pass to go up 28-13 in the third quarter.
The Knights are EVERYWHERE.
After forcing a turnover on downs the Black Knights drove back down the field to take a 35-13 lead, thanks to Darnell Woolfolk.
The next Army drive backup QB Luke Langdon came in and scored from 25 yards out to take a 42-13 lead. They would hold on to that lead and win by that same score.
One big takeaway from is this Army defense needs to be taken seriously, this is the fourth team Army has played that’s averaged over 40 points a game. In those games, the Army defense has held them to 34, 21, 28, 13 points. Outside of the Duke game, the Army defense has been close to elite when it comes to stopping high powered offenses.