The Army Black Knights (3-1) were tripped up for the first time this season in Upstate New York when they fell 23-20 to the Buffalo Bulls (1-2) in overtime. It was a frustrating game in many ways because even after the lost Army will believe they are a better team than the Bulls and that this is a game the team should have won. Instead, the team now goes into the bye week with a loss to reflect on.
Here is a look back at the three keys:
1) Keep Andy Davidson rolling - Push
Andy Davidson had rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Black knights first three games, but he was held below that total in this one. Davidson rushed for 80 yards on 18 attempts, but he did not have any signature runs where he is able to get to the second level and bowl over defenders for big yardage. Instead, his long run on the day was 9-yards. This is a push though because Davidson did help keep the Buffalo defense honest and his presence inside allowed Army to rack up 396 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
2) Better punting - Push
The small sample size here means that the punting unit for Army gets a push on the day. Nick Schrage had one single punt as so many Army drives ended with the Black Knights in Buffalo territory before stalling and failing to capitalize on those opportunities. The one punt Schrage did have was with about eight minutes left in the game. His kick from the Army 29 would be classified as average at best as it was downed 33 yards up the field at the Buffalo 38. It was a situation where Army would have loved to pin Buffalo back, but instead, the Bulls put together a touchdown drive that tied the game.
3) Keep creating turnovers - Fail
In a game where the offense seemed incapable of finishing a drive, the Black Knights desperately needed a game-breaking play from the defense. Things started off very well, with the second Buffalo possession ending with a Kenneth Brinson interception at the Bulls 43-yard line. Usually, this would lead to point for Army given how well the option has been working, but the Black Knights drive stalled and the ball was turned over on downs after just four plays. That was the only turnover the defense managed to produce and while the unit played well as a whole, it just couldn't provide the spark needed to pass this key.null