Army Wins 14-9 Over The Citadel… I Don’t Know How Though

At least the uniforms were dope?

I don’t know how Army won, but they did. It wasn’t pretty. It was probably the worst Army game in terms of sloppiness in a few years, but hey, a win is a win.

I’d be shocked if the Army offense ever looks that sloppy again. They will put through the wringer this week in practice.

It was about as bad of a first half as you can have, and somehow, Army went into the locker room up 7-3.

The Citadel came out swinging for the fences when they opened the game with a successful onside kick.
Army’s defense came out on the field and quickly forced a turnover.
Jeff Monken gave sophomore QB Jemel Jones his first career start. The offense as a whole started extremely slow. They were held to two three and outs, and a five-play drive through their first three possessions.

The defense was repeatedly set up in bad positions by the lack of offense, and they eventually gave up a field goal. Army was down 3-0 after the first quarter.

Jones would find a rhythm and would throw for the only touchdown of the first half.

It felt like that was what Army needed to finally get rolling. The defense came out and forced a quick interception; that was the break the offense needed to run away with the game, right?

Wrong. The Black Knight offense came out throwing and threw a pick right back.
The Citadel missed a field goal as time expired, and Army went into the locker room up by four.

Army blocked a Citadel field goal coming out of halftime and then marched down the field for a touchdown.

That would be the last Army score of the game, and that is where everything got even more questionable.

Up by 11 with 4:59 left on third and 20, the coaching staff dialed up a screen play, and Jemel Jones threw a pick that was returned to the Army two. That set up an easy touchdown for the Bulldogs to make it 14-9.

Needing a few first downs to ice the game, Jones went out with an injury. Fourth string QB Maurice Bellan entered the game for the Black Knights. He had a couple nice runs, but it came down to a fourth and six from the Citadel 35. The Black Knights decided to go for it instead of pinning the Bulldogs deep. Bellan kept the ball and got seven yards, ending the game as Army moves to 4-1.

Next up for the Black Knights is a UTSA team that is 3-1 (in the middle of a game at BYU as I write this). If the offense plays like that again, UTSA will win the game. They have a lot to work on going into the week.

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