— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) September 26, 2020
114 yards in penalties… need I say more?
Army’s offense was never able to get in a good rhythm because they were constantly getting flagged for chop blocks, false starts, or holding.
When they did get something going a flag pushed them back again.
The fullback dive was getting killed time and time again. Without that it’s hard for the Black Knights offense to get anything going.
Well this game started with a bang. Army DB’s Jabari Moore and Javhari Bourdeau were back and Moore made his presence felt early on.
On Cincinnati’s first drive they tried to run a speed option and well… Jabari Moore had other ideas
Army was up 7-0 before the offense even touched the ball.
The Bearcats would drive down the field but get held to a field goal.
Christian Anderson and company would start a nice drive but penalties cost them the drive. Army penalties would be a common theme in the first half.
Jabari Moore picked up the Army defense again, this time picking off Cincy QB Desmond Ridder.
Army then pushed the ball into borderline field goal range and opted to go for it on 4th and three and were unsuccessful because the Bearcats defense read the play perfectly.
The two teams would trade punts and then Ridder put together his best drive of the game up to that point. He would convert four third downs in route to this touchdown.
The next drive would lead to a blocked punt that gave Cincinnati prime real estate at the Army seven yard line.
The Army defense would then fix bayonets and stuff Ridder on a 4th and goal from the half yard line. It was reminiscent of the goal line stand against Oklahoma two years ago.
The Bearcat defense held the triple option in check in the first half as they only gave up 88 rushing yards. Penalties killed the Black Knights, they racked up six penalties for 72 yards in the first half.
The second half started with Army moving down the field but then Anderson lost the ball and Cincy took over.
They would punch the ball in the end zone to go up 17-7.
The Black Knights would move the ball down the field again but then penalties killed the drive and they were forced to only a field goal to make it 17-10.
Army’s defense then did everything they could to keep them in the game, they forced two straight punts but the offense repaid them by also punting.
Cincinnati then went deep and Ridder hit Gerrid Doaks on a wheel route and he punched it into the end zone to go up 24-10.
Poor offensive play and play-calling across the board killed Army. The Black Knight defense showed that they can be the real deal but the offense couldn’t get out of their own way.
Cincy will host USF next week. Army will look to bounce back next week when they host FCS Abilene Christian.