Saturday’s game-winning interception against UConn was easily the best moment Army Football fans have had all season. Unfortunately, however, the events leading up to it were hauntingly familiar. Army got off to an early lead in Yankee Stadium, moved the ball well, executed an excellent fake-punt, and controlled the game’s time-of-possession. As great as the early-going was, though, even a fourteen point lead wasn’t safe. Army went up 28-14 with less than four-and-a-half minutes left to play, and then all hell broke loose. Once UConn started opening things, the Black Knights’ defense broke down. Connecticut scored quickly and then recovered an onside kick.
With the win, Army is now 3-6, tied with its record from last year, and looking to take strides in the right direction. This week the Army team travels to Western Kentucky for what promises to be a tough outing.
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Against a team like Western Kentucky, the game plan seems obvious. Run the ball, control the clock, keep their offense off the field, and force turnovers wherever possible. I doubt it will be that easy. I watched Western Kentucky beat Navy, and in that game, they took it to the Midshipmen with some authority. Navy did a decent job moving the ball at times, but the Hilltoppers hit hard and forced mistakes. That was more than enough to win the day. I believe that Army can win this game, but if they do, it will be the Black Knights’ best win of the season. The fact that the game is on the road makes it that much harder. I want to believe that the arrow is pointing up on Army’s season, but this weekend’s game promises a tough test for the team.