Army Sees Ups and Downs in 31-13 Win

Well folks, it wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.
An injured Kelvin Hopkins didn’t start the game for the Black Knights, but Monken said he was on emergency reserve. So that meant it was up to Jabari Laws to lead the offense.
Laws and Co. started of VERY quickly, covering 70+ yards in 3 plays for a touchdown, Laws having a big gain on the first play of the game and then Kell Walker took over to give the Black Knights a 6-0 (and then eventual 7-0) lead.
Once UTSA got the ball, Elijah Riley wasn’t having it and had his 2nd strip sack of the season, the other coming last week vs Michigan.
Plebe (freshman) kicker Cole Talley didn’t play due to injury, so Firstie David Cooper got his first start and kicked his first career field goal in the first quarter immediately after.
But after that… it got pretty sloppy.
Both offenses would struggle, as would both defenses, and there was no more scoring until mid-3rd quarter when UTSA’s backup quarterback ran it in from 2 yards out.
But then we got another glimpse of Jabari Laws’ speed when he sprinted for a 41 yard touchdown on first down. David Cooper nailed the kick, giving Army the 17-7 lead.
Eventually, through some more frustration and slow plays, the ball ended up in Army’s hands in the red zone. On 2nd and 9, Kell Walker ran it in for his second touchdown on the day and Army went up 24-7.
Good, right?
Well UTSA once again drove down the field and put another TD on the board.
But on their PAT attempt, the snap was too high for the holder and they weren’t able to scramble for 2, so Army would get the ball while up 24-13.
From there, with about 8 minutes left, Army had a long, methodical drive when it really counted. Just like we saw vs Rice.
Then with a minute and a half left, after a 7 minute drive, Connor Slomka punched it in from 3 yards out.
Army went up 31-13, and that would be the final score despite UTSA trying to throw together a meaningless drive with their last possession.
All in all, it was a decent game. We definitely looked a bit hungover from the Michigan game. It definitely didn’t help that Peyton Reeder went down halfway through the game, not to mention other injuries that prevented some of our starters from playing.
But we learned something about this team: we’ve got a good quarterback situation. Jabari Laws is stupid fast, and when he perfects running the triple option the way Hopkins has and Ahmad did, the offense is going to stay in good shape.

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