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For the first time in four years the Army Black Knights will not go bowling. However, there remains one rather large game on the Cadets schedule. The Black Knights can’t win the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy, but they can retain the prize and prevent Navy from winning it when the teams meet in two weeks in Philadelphia in their annual rivalry game. There is no Week 16 on the schedule meaning the service academies will play an extended Week 15 contest prior to bowl season. That’s good news for the Cadets, who saw their quarterbacks go down with injuries in last week’s loss to Hawai’i.
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Injuries are a part of football with every team having to deal and work around them at some point. The Black Knights had their share and unfortunately the most important position on the field was hit hardest. As a result a program that won 28 games over the previous three seasons with a bowl win capping off each one will not be playing in the postseason. A 52-31 loss at Hawai’i on Saturday guaranteed the Cadets’ season would end following the annual rivalry game with Navy on Dec. 14.
There has been a revolving door at quarterback all season. Starter Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was limited and missed a number of games working around an assortment of injuries. He left the Hawai’i game with – you guessed it – an injury. His backup Jabari Laws wasn’t even dressed for that game leaving Christian Anderson as the No. 2. Anderson led the Cadets with 114 rushing yards, but he too was sent to the sideline with an apparent injury late in the game. Freshman Jemel Jones finished up.
Army was able to run the football, something they’ve done successfully all season. The Black Knights amassed 411 yards against Hawai’i and they rank second in the FBS with an average of 311.7 yards per game. Since being held to a season-low 129 rushing yards in a loss to Air Force, the Cadets have churned out 1,503 yards in their last three games, an average of over 500 yards per outing.
The Cadets know what’s coming since Navy runs a variation of the same option attack. Only the Middies have done it a little better this season. Navy has the top ground game in the FBS averaging 361.4 yards per game. Navy is the most improved team winning nine games after going 3-10 with a loss to Army last year and jumping into the national rankings. More importantly they can win the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy by snapping a three-game skid to the Cadets. Navy’s only losses were to Memphis, costing them a chance to play in the AAC title game, and to Notre Dame. They are also a good bet with an 8-3 ATS record this season.
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Army ran the ball at will going for 411 yards and 6.5 yards per carry. When they tried to pass it things went south. Two interceptions, one by Hopkins and another by Jones, were turned into touchdowns by Hawai’i, which pulled away in the second half for a 52-31 win and cover. Army got off to an early lead on the first of two Sandon McCoy touchdown runs. Hs second staked the Cadets to a 17-10 lead early in the second quarter.
Hopkins was hurried into an errant throw and intercepted, leading to the game-tying touchdown a few plays later when Chevan Cordeiro hit Cedric Byrd with the first of three straight Hawai’i touchdowns. They got another later in the first half on 4-yard scamper by Jason-Matthew Sharsh. The lead ballooned to 31-17 early in the third on a 1-yard Miles Reed TD. The Cadets would close the gap to seven twice but the Rainbow Warriors answered each time.
Rojesterman Farris put the game away with a 100-yard pick-six with 1:34 left in the game. Hopkins ran for 87 yards and threw for 69 yards before leaving in the first half. Anderson added a game-high 114 rushing yards before he exited late in the fourth quarter. Jones completed 3 of 4 passes for 43 yards in just his second game of the season. “Anderson did a good job after Kelvin got hurt. Unfortunately he got hurt as well and we had to play Jones. He made some good plays for us, but overall it wasn’t enough,” Jeff Monken said.
2019 Army Black Knights Betting Schedule
||Army vs. Rice
||Friday, August 30
||Army at Michigan
||Saturday, September 7
||Army at UTSA
||Saturday, September 14
||Army vs. Morgan State
||Saturday, September 21
||Army vs. Tulane
||Saturday, October 5
||Army at Western Kentucky
||Saturday, October 12
||Army at Georgia State
||Saturday, October 19
||Army vs. San Jose State
||Saturday, October 26
||Army at Air Force
||Saturday, November 2
||Army vs. UMass
||Saturday, November 9
||Army vs. VMI
||Saturday, November 16
||Army at Hawaii
||Saturday, December 1
||Army vs. Navy
||Saturday, December 14
Army football was a juggernaut during the 1940s and 1950s, producing three National Championships and three Heisman Trophy winners. From 1941 until 1958 the Black Knights compiled 121 wins and won 77 percent of the games they played. In 1945 Army won its first of three consecutive National Championships going 9-0 and outscoring opponents 504-35. Another 9-0 season followed in ’46 with a scoring margin of 412-46.
The team was led by the legendary backfield of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis at the time. Blanchard won the Heisman in ’44 and Blanchard took the honor the following year. Together they were known as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, the two greatest players to ever wear an Army uniform.
There were a few winning seasons following the 8-0-1 campaign in 1958, but football became big time around the country by the 1970s and the service academies were still in the business of turning out officers, not No. 1 draft picks. Army played in its very first bowl game in 1984, accepting an invitation to the Cherry Bowl, which it won 10-6 over Michigan State. The Black Knights beat Illinois the following year in the Peach Bowl for their first and only back-to-back bowl games.
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