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FOOTBALL (0-4): South Florida 28, Army 0. This game could have been much closer. Army's defense played well, but after showing signs of improvement in the running game last week against Tulane, we couldn't move the ball on the ground against USF. We gained 17 net yards on 26 carries.

With less than 3 minutes to go in the first half, USF kicked a field goal to lead 3-0. In the remaining two plus minutes, the offense fumbled the ball away to set up a USF field goal, and after an Army punt, USF, aided by a pass interference call, was able to score a TD with 21 seconds left to lead 13-0 at the half. Army played solid defense in the second half, giving up only one TD. But USF returned an interception 29 yards for the final score with 6 minutes to play. The USF front four was the best we've seen all year, and they successfully stopped our passing game. Stats: USF rushed for 145 yards to our 17; they passed for 225 yards while Army completed 21 of 51 for 159 yards. They punted 6 times, and we punted 9 times. USF was penalized 123 yards to Army's 61. USF had 3 turnovers and Army 6 (3 interceptions and 3 fumbles lost). Turnovers and no running game continue to be our downfall. Army is at Texas Christian Saturday evening. They are ranked 21st in the country and a 31 point favorite.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (8-3): The absences of our two top scorers hurt, as Marist College defeated Army 1-0. It was Marist's first win of the season after 7 defeats. Army is at Navy today. The Mids are very good, and it will be a tough match-up.

MEN'S SOCCER (2-5-2): Lost two games this past week. Bucknell defeated Army in a league game 3-0, and we also lost to Marist 2-1. Lafayette here Friday.

VOLLEYBALL (9-7): Junior Rachel Travis had a season high 14 kills as Army came from behind to defeat league opponent Colgate 3-1. Navy is here today.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Army's men won the Cortland Invitational, taking 4 of the top 8 positions in the 4,000 meters and 3 of the top 5 in the 8,000 meter race. Army's women finished 2nd of 7 teams in the 4,000 meters; we did not enter runners in the 8,000 meters.

RUGBY CLUB: Don't have any scores, but still unbeaten. Reports are that this is a better team than last year's final four finisher.

FOOTBALL HONORS: Army's Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, both Class of 1947, have been chosen to receive the 2004 Doak Walker Legends Award. It will be presented February 12th at Southern Methodist University.

SPRINT FOOTBALL (1-0): The game against the Fordham JV was cancelled - they didn't have enough healthy players. We will play Navy Sunday at the Pride Bowl in Newark, New Jersey. The game will be played at 2 pm at the Newark Bears/Eagles Riverfront Stadium, and will be carried nationally on CSTV and the Armed Forces Network.

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