Report Card: Army vs. North Texas

It's over now. Army defeated North Texas, 17-13, on Saturday. ArmySports.com analyzes every element of the Black Knight's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Army
17

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North Texas
13

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B-
Not as good as last week but not bad. Steelman finished with 87 yards passing on 7-of-15 completions. Ali had 5 catches for 77 yards but dropped one in the first half that might have gone for 30 yards. Jameson Carter had a 12-yard catch. Again, no interceptions this week, what a big improvement from earlier in the season.
RUSHING OFFENSE
B
Army struggled some in the first half running but got on track in the second half with a nice drive to start the third quarter that put Army up 10-7. Steelman had 132 yards rushing including a 55-yard gallop that put Army in position to retake the lead late in the fourth quarter. Army's also doing better on the fumbles as they only had one and didn't lose it.
PASSING DEFENSE
B
North Texas and Riley Dodge piled up the passing yardage (225) but three interceptions by Army were the equalizer. Andrew Rodriguez, Ty Shrader and Jordan Trimble all came up with huge interceptions for the Black Knights. Josh McNary picked up another sack. He has like 271 of them for his career (just kidding).
RUSHING DEFENSE
C
Lance Dunbar burned Army for a 68-yard run in the second half and went on to finish with 132 yards. Dodge also had a good day rushing finishing with 90 yards. It's not good that two members of the secondary, Jordan Trimble and Chase Prasnicki, led the Black Knights in tackles with 11 and 7 respectively. Army had better get this fixed because the nation's No. 3 rushing team is next on the schedule.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Alex Carlton and Jonathan Bulls got the job done again. Carlton made a 38-yard field goal and Bulls averaged 42 yards on eight punts. He had downed three of those inside the twenty.
COACHING
B
After being accused of being out-coached (he admitted it after AFA) in the second half of several losses, Rich Ellerson and his staff proved they could win a ball game in the final stanza. The passing game is getting better and better. You get the feeling that Ellerson is just letting Steelman crawl along and slowly giving his young signal caller more and more tools of victory as the season progresses. Let's see what Ellerson teaches Steelman and his teammates over the next three weeks.
OVERALL GRADE
B
It's always great to come behind and win a game because it gives your team the confidence that they can overcome an opponents lead. Army actually did this with authority in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball. The quick Army comeback left the Mean Green and even some Army fans stunned. Now the team must get ready for a very talented Navy team. A team that fought Ohio State down to the wire and decked Notre Dame in South Bend.

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