Report Card: Army vs. Boston College

It's in the record books now: Boston College 37 Army 17. ArmySports.com analyzes every element of the Black Knight's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Army
17

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Boston College
37

AREA GRADE COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
C-
Improvement here. One interception early in the game but not a total disaster. Williams completed 15 of 32 passes for 191 yards and no touchdowns. One pass would have been a touchdown if it weren't for a bonehead penalty. Another completion for a first down was taken away due to a bogus holding call. Williams is getting better.
RUSHING OFFENSE
D
Army still stinks in this category. The Cadets must be able to run to keep opposing defenses honest. 44 net yards rushing won't get the job done. Nice touchdown run by Wesley McMahand during the second quarter. Army isn't totally pitiful in this area but a they simply need more production.
PASSING DEFENSE
C+
Yes, B.C. piled on over 370 yards passing but Army did about as well as could be expected against of formidable passing team like the Eagles. Army did intercept the home team 3 times including the 2-point conversion attempt. Army also got a touchdown out of one of those interceptions, a return by Brian Chmura.
RUSHING DEFENSE
D+
The Eagles picked up over 200 yards on Army which was about 75 above their average. Army could have done better in this respect.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A-
Great work by the special teams. Solid punting, great return game and a nice trick play to get Army a big first down after a fake field goal. Owen Tolson made a 26-yard field goal and missed one from 36-yards. Great special teams will help Army win a game this year that they weren't expected to win.
COACHING
C
The Army staff fought hard to WIN. While some option would have been nice these guys were going all out to win and taking some chances by going for it on fourth down and running the fake field goal.
OVERALL GRADE
C
Army did better than a lot of folks expected. The team seems to be improving every week. If they can just get the offense to be a little more effective it'll make the defense even stronger by keeping them fresher. The special teams and defense is there; offense is the key. While the Cadets do appear to be improved, they are not in a position to be overconfident against Temple. The Owls are a dangerous young team that can tag another loss on Army's season if the Cadets don't come out playing hard and smart.

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