Speaking of feeling good, Army's offense had to be upbeat after putting up 39 points in a loss to Tulsa two weeks ago. More importantly, sophomore quarterback Carson Williams seemed to come out of his shell, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Williams and the offense pulled a no-show against the Midshipmen. The Black Knights scored just three points on a Navy defense that's been scored upon all year. It's a shame, considering how well Army played on defense, limiting Navy to just 287 rushing yards. The Midshipmen entered the game leading the country in rushing offense with 357.4 yards per game.
"Two weeks ago we were on top of our game," Williams said. "This week, was a completely different team. Confidence level is in consistent. It's up, it's down, it's up. I've been saying it all year, if we can do what we're capable of doing without shooting ourselves in the foot than it's a different game, and it would have been the entire year."
Army (3-9) marched down the field on the opening drive of the game, but Owen Tolson missed a 27-yard field goal. Trailing 24-3, the Black Knights had the ball inside Navy's 5-yard line, but Mike Viti fumbled. Yes, Army had opportunities, but didn't capitalize. Once again, Navy did. Senior slot back Reggie Campbell led the way for the Midshipmen (8-4), scoring on a 98-yard kickoff return, adding a rushing touchdown. Campbell put up 227 all-purpose yards and his kickoff return made it 14-3 in the second quarter. He returned a punt 46 yards to set up a 51-yard field goal by Joey Bullen on the last play of the first half that put Navy up 24-3.
Basically, it was game over. That's a travesty, considering Army-Navy is one of the greatest rivalries in sports. At least, it used to be. First-year Army coach Stan Brock admitted after the loss that Navy is a better football team than his Black Knights.
That was illustrated clearly yesterday.
Extra points: This marks the second straight year that Army ended the season on a six-game losing streak ....... The three points scored by the Black Knights were it least in the series since 1991 ...... Lost in Army's loss was the performance of running back Tony Dace. He rushed for 104 yards on 28 carries. "Tony did a nice job and so did the offensive line early on, but when we really needed it or had to get a first down, we didn't come away with it and those things hurt you," Brock said. Dace became the first Army player to rush for at least 100 yards since Carlton Jones ran for 187 yards against Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005 ....... The Midshipmen have outscored the Black Knights by 169 points, an average of 28 points per game, during their six-game win streak ...... Senior free safety Jordan Murray registered a career-high 16 tackles.