Army Dominates Middle Tennessee En Route to 42-0 Victory

Coming into todays game the last time Middle Tennessee was shut out was December 1st, 2012 when they lost to Arkansas State 45-0. That changed today.

This was Army’s biggest shutout against an FBS team since October 19th, 1963 when they beat Wake Forest 47-0. It was the first home opening shut out since September 11th, 1993 when they beat Colgate 30-0.

The first half was headlined by an Army defense that was flying around the field, Plebe slotback Tyrell Robinson juking out Blue Raiders, and Sandon McCoy finding the end zone three times.

Middle Tennessee opened the game by moving the ball a little bit but on a second and one, Cedrick Cunningham forced the ball out of MTSU running back Jayy McDonald’s hands and Army took over.

A study diet of Sandon McCoy runs would eventually lead to a touchdown to put the Black Knights up 7-0.

The Nate Woody led Army defense would force a three and out on the ensuing Blue Raiders drive. Christian Anderson and company got right back to work.

This drive is when the world got introduced to Plebe slotback Tyrell Robinson.

Shortly after, McCoy punched it in the end zone again.

The Army defense would pick off Asher O’Hara on the following drive and McCoy would punch it in the end zone yet again to go up 21-0.

On the next Blue Raiders drive, one of their WR’s fumbled a pass, Cedrick Cunningham picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown only to have it overturned and called an incomplete pass.

MTSU would drive down the field in their first decent drive of the day only to have coaches mismanage the clock and not score before the half.

The Black Knights went into the locker room up 21-0.

The second half opened with an Anderson touchdown followed by a pick six from linebacker Jon Rhattigan to make it a 35-0 game.

The Blue Raiders then benched starting QB O’Hara for backup Chase Cunningham.

After forcing a punt Army got the ball at their own one yard line with 1:31 left in the third quarter. 99 yards and 19 plays later Army had a 42-0 lead with 4:06 left in the fourth quarter.

Jemel Jones handed it off to Anthony Adkins on 3rd and 1 from the MTSU 22 and he punched it in the end zone.

Army forced a fourth turnover on the Blue Raiders final drive to seal the victory as the third Army QB of the day, Maurice Bellan, would come in to run out the clock.

Army moves to 17-2 at home since 2017 and will host ULM next week.

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