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Three Keys Revisited – Army vs Rutgers

If there is one thing that can be said about this Army team it is that the Black Knights will never go down without a fight. On Saturday Army found themselves in an early 14-0 hole against Rutgers and then down 31-14 early in the third quarter.

The Black Knights refused to give up, however, scoring to make the game 31-21 and then threatening in the fourth quarter but being unable to get any closer to the Scarlet Knights.

Here is a look back at the three keys:

1) Defend Leonte Carroo – Pass

Leonte Carroo was seen as the biggest threat Rutgers possessed coming into the game. The senior wide receiver was held to a four catch, for 37 yard performance before exiting the game with an injury to his right hip. Carroo had averaged 21 yards per catch on the season coming in and had also scored nine touchdowns. It is worth noting that Carroo had a perfectly thrown pass bounce off of his hands in the end zone. On the day, however, he was corralled by an Army secondary which held the Scarlet Knights to just 105 yards passing in total.

2) Put pressure on the Rutgers offensive line – Fail

Rutgers offensive line was depleted as expected, but Army was unable to take advantage on the day. The Scarlet Knights had a pair of redshirt freshmen starting for the first time at the guard positions, and a guard moving to center. Despite this inexperience there were no fumbled snaps or protection breakdowns as the Army defensive line was manhandled by bigger, stronger players. Rutgers rushed the ball for 254 yards and gave up no sacks, while the only real adventure with the offensive line play was Chris Muller and his shotgun snaps.

3) Run the ball – Pass

Army was successful running the ball on the day with true freshman starting quarterback Chris Carter flashing the skills which the coaching staff hopes will translate into a successful career with the Black Knights. Carter rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (also adding 140 yards through the air) as part of Army’s 261 rushing yards on the day. Aaron Kemper had a solid, if unspectacular day, with 59 yards on 11 carries as Army worked on controlling clock and tempo. The only gripe here is that the field goal which was blocked on the Black Knights first drive of the game came on a fourth-and-1 situation on the Rutgers 25-yard line. If Jeff Monken could have this decision over again I am sure he would have tried to run the ball to pick up the yard and keep that drive going.

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