Army In 2013: Pivot Points, Part Three
PIVOT POINTS: TEMPLE, AIR FORCE, WESTERN KENTUCKY
-- Army’s defense gives up touchdowns on Temple’s first two possessions. The Owls faced only one third down longer than one yard in that pair of possessions.
-- Army’s offense holds the ball for seven plays on each of its first two possessions, but each of those drives stall. The Black Knights trail, 14-0, after the first four possessions of the game (two for each team).
-- Army’s offense gets a total of one first down on its next four possessions. Temple drives for a score and then returns a fumble for a touchdown to immediately put the game away in the first half.
-- Army’s offense scores a first-drive touchdown.
– Air force promptly answers. 7-7.
– Army counters on its next possession. 14-7, Black Knights.
– Later in the first half, Army suffers a blocked 48-yard field goal attempt. Air Force scores a touchdown on its subsequent possession. 14-14.
– Army scores a touchdown on its next possession, continuing the flow of the first half. 21-14, Army.
– Air Force doesn’t interrupt the pattern, as Army’s defense – as was the case in the Boston College game – can’t consolidate the offense’s gains in the first half. 21-21 is the halftime score.
-- Army misses a field goal early in the third quarter. Air Force scores not just on the next possession, but the next play, to take a 28-21 lead.
-- Army’s offense goes three-and-out, but this time, Army’s defense gets a three-and-out on Air Force’s next possession. There is a chance that the game could stabilize and that the Black Knights, trailing on the scoreboard for the first time all day, can regain their footing.
-- Army’s offense gets one first down and punts, losing a chance to tie the game and reset the larger competitive feel of the contest.
– Air Force’s offense, on its next possession, converts a third and six en route to a touchdown and a two-possession lead, 35-21.
-- Later in the game (in other words, not on its next possession), Army’s offense scores a touchdown to trim Air Force’s lead to 35-28.
– One more time, Air Force’s offense scores a touchdown right after Army scores seven points. The Falcons put the game away on a score with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter. 42-28, Falcons.
-- Army fumbles at the Western Kentucky 2-yard line in the first quarter.
-- Army later starts a drive at the WKU 35, but punts.
-- Early in the second quarter, the Army defense gets an interception in its own end zone for a touchback.
-- Army breaks a scoreless tie with under four minutes left before halftime, but a 14-play drive of almost eight minutes ends with only a field goal. 3-0, Army.
-- On the first drive of the second half, Army’s offense gets a touchdown, converting a fourth and three. 10-0, Army.
-- Western Kentucky gets its first score of the day on the very next possession.
-- On its next possession, Army’s offense is stopped on fourth and one.
-- Western Kentucky scores a touchdown on its next possession. 14-10, WKU.
-- Army scores a touchdown on its next possession, converting third and eight plus three other third downs of one, two, and four yards. 17-14, Army.
-- Army recovers a fumble near midfield on WKU’s next drive midway through the fourth quarter. The Black Knights gain a chance to amass a two-score lead and put the game away.
-- Army’s offense goes three-and-out.
-- Western Kentucky puts together an 87-yard touchdown drive, converting a third and eight with just under 1:10 left. The Hilltoppers win, 21-17, as Army’s offense tries unsuccessfully to throw the ball down the field in the final minute.
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