Report Card: Army vs. Temple

Army fell at Temple, 27-13, in a defensive battle. ArmySports.com analyzes every element of the Black Knight's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Army
13

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Temple
27

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B+
Not bad at all. Trent Steelman was 5-of-5 for 56 yards and no interceptions. He completed four passes to Ali Villanueva including a 4-yard scoring strike to the big guy that tied up the game in the third quarter. Chip Bowden and Carson Williams also attempted passes but did not register a completion.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C
Generally, a triple option offense has to be able to gain at least 250 yards a game to be effective. The Black Knights finished with just 181 net yards rushing. The failed fourth-and-1 conversion attempt late in the game was a devastating play that Army should have been able to pull off. Steelman, Patrick Mealy and Malcolm Brown all had some decent runs but it just wasn't enough to get the job done.
PASSING DEFENSE
B-
Army did a fine job defending Temple's passing attack. They limited starting quarterback Vaughn Charlton to just a paltry 8 completions in 14 attempts. Mario Hill picked off one of his passes in the first quarter. However, despite the low Owl passing yardage Army did allow Charlton two touchdown passes.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A-
Army limited the Owl offense to only 80 yards rushing which is a very low number. Temple running back Bernard Pierce finished with just 65 yards rushing. Army did allow two 1-yard rushing scores. Donovan Travis and Stephen Anderson led the team in tackles with six each.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Alex Carlton made two of three field goals. Jonathon Bulls punted four time for a 38.4 average and he had a long of 48 yards. The Black Knights gave up too many yards on kickoff returns (27 yards per KOR) and didn't do so well returning kickoffs themselves (12 yards per KOR).
COACHING
B
This staff continues to show that they are playing to win, however, going for it on fourth-and-one at their own 24 with almost an entire quarter left to play was pretty overzealous. The score was tied 13-13 and Bulls could have boomed a nice punt and backed up the Owls. At least this staff has the intestinal fortitude to do outlandish things to gain momentum and wins but this time it just didn't work.
OVERALL GRADE
B-
The team played well enough to win this one. All the pieces of the puzzle just didn't fall into place. Remember last year the Owls blew Army out at Michie so this was some kind of improvement. Now the Cadets must get ready for a tough Rutgers team that will come West Point looking for lopsided victory.

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