Buffalo Beat Down: Game Superlatives
The Cadets have ended Buffalo’s 7 Game Winning Streak. Having the Bulls as 8-point favorite was as outrageous as the price of the Long-O on your Cadet Clothing Record. The Black Knights showed up and smoked the Bulls by 29 points, confirming what I already knew before the game. Just like before the Oklahoma Game, I published a Fast Five Preview Article to give the keys to victory and a game prediction. Pencils Down, Let’s Review:
- ✅ Commit Only 1 Turnover – We probably could have committed another turnover and still been ok, but I didn’t want to give the ball to Tyree Jackson more than we had to. It only took them 1:11 to score on their first drive. Our defense stepped up in a big way after the interception on our opening drive. Just like during the Hawai’i Game, Bateman and the Bad Boys bailed out the Army Team by preventing our opponent from getting out to an early 14-0 lead. Hopkins also bounced back completing his next 4 throws for 91 yards and 1 touchdown.
- ✅ Never trail by more than 10 – Our defense showed up in a big way after Buffalo’s opening drive. They cleaned up their tackling and shut down a Bulls’ Offense that looked too effective against our opening defensive scheme. The Army secondary was targeted multiple times but without success. Excellent DB play and some plays breaking our way allowed the Black Knights to stifle a threatening Buffalo offense.
- ✅ Outgain the Bulls in Total Yards – The memorizing lava lamp triple-option kept the fans out of the game and trampled the Bulls for 372 yards. Buffalo on the other hand, gained their season low total of 255 yards after entering the contest averaging 429 yards/game.
- ✅ Have the Lead Entering the 4th Quarter – Honestly, this should be a key every week. We are now 21-2 under Jeff Monken when leading after 3 quarters of play. #4thQuarterWarriors
- ✅ Keep Buffalo below 225 yards passing/125 yards rushing – Tyree Jackson will be an interesting prospect in the NFL Draft this year, but he couldn’t do anything against the Cadets. 152 yards passing and 103 yards rushing…The Bulls looked like the D-4 Flag Football Team.
An impressive win for the Black Knights following the heart-breaking loss to Oklahoma last week. The team’s ability to refocus and completely dominate Buffalo, during what could have been a trap game, will serve us well throughout the remainder of the season. Time to hand out some superlatives!
Kelvin Hopkins Jr. – Sick Call Slip
You took that late hit right in the chin for an extra 10 yards, which made finishing the drive just a little bit easier. Enjoy sleeping in and having the entire day off. No need to actually visit the Mologne Cadet Health Clinic at 0600, your instructors have already been emailed. See you at the Stadium for treatment.
Defensive Backs – Boosted Barracks WiFi Coverage
For your excellent coverage of a dangerous Bulls offense, you’ve earned boosted WiFi coverage in the Barracks. No more fighting the Corps as everyone binge watches Netflix and ooVoo’s their significant others during ESP. Now you can download Tha Carter V with greater than .5 mbps of internet. Enjoy! Seriously though, your effort significantly contributed to the lopsided scoreboard. Army posted 0 sacks and 1 QB hurry on Saturday meaning y’all were shutting down Jackson’s passing options with straight-up, great secondary play.
Wunmi Oyetuga – 10 Boodle Boxes from West Point Parents Club of Washington
Why 10 you ask? Because that’s the point swing that your blocked field goal resulted in. You slipped through the Buffalo line like one of the Bassette Brother’s going through the tire swing during another record breaking IOCT attempt. The poor Cadet on CGR duty will love helping the UPS Guy unload all the oversized boodle boxes. Enjoy the snacks and share with Elijah.
Coach Monken – Lane Walker Nod of Approval for Best CLDT Ambush
Army fans, the Black Knights have the ball, and it’s fourth down. Guess what is going to happen next. If you guessed anything that doesn’t involve special teams, then you have been paying close attention to Army Football this season. The Black Knights are 16 of 18 on fourth down this season, which is insane. Those are the “I have no worries going into branch night” type of numbers. Going for it on fourth down before the end of the first half on your own 17 yard line was about striking fear in the heart of the enemy. Coach Leipold walked right into the ambush that Monken set out, by burning his last time out of the half…click…the claymores are now primed. Even with lane-walkers breathing down his neck, Coach Monken let the enemy get all the way into the kill zone before getting the first down. Nevermind that the next objective is 5 Kilometers away, and you just drew the pork sausage and gravy MRE for the upteenth time. The tactical masters saw your work, were impressed, and gave you the ever-coveted “Good Job.”
Nick Schrage – Buckner Door-Kicking Demonstrator
That’s right! You’ve been Voluntold to show rising Yuks how to kick down doors during CFT next summer. That booming 66-yard punt on Saturday showed that your right leg is perfect for the job! I know it’s not as fun as a game-securing fake punt, but you are part of the reason our trust in the Army kicking game is returning. Don’t worry! We know you graduate this year so we’ve already coordinated for a delayed BOLC date and accommodations at Camp Natural Bridge with your name on it (plus all the MREs you can eat). Pretty sweet, right?
Glen Coates – Promotion to Company XO Next Semester
You also burned your defender on Jordan Asberry’s 25 yard touchdown reception, but like any good leader, you allowed someone else to take credit and recognition. Asberry definitely deserved it as he has played almost every offensive position on field so far this season and had yet to find the end zone. Your selflessness caught the eye of the Brigade Tactical Department. In view of these qualities and your demonstrated leadership potential you are therefore promoted to Company Executive Officer. You will spend your entire reorganization week dealing with seemingly unmanageable due-outs, manifests, training plans, room-rosters, and company store based shenanigans. Congratulations on the promotion, and remember to delegate.
Adam Mitcheson – Additional NCAA Eligibility
You get to join the kicking ranks of Austin Seibert (Oklahoma 2018), Aaron Boumerhi (Temple 2017), and Bennett Moehring (Navy 2017). You all have something in common…you support the Troops! Each one of you has greatly helped Army notch another win in the last two years. Your 2016 Game Winner in Overtime still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but your blocked field goal peace offering has been accepted.
After the bye week we will play San Jose State whose currently 0-4. They play Colorado State this Saturday as they are still seeking their first win of the season. Don’t sleep on Spartans or you will end up finding yourself in your 5th Overtime like Hawai’i did this week. The next four games will prove essential to team’s overall success this year. We play a pair of MAC and Mountain West teams before finishing with two FCS foes before the squaring off against Navy. If we find ourselves undefeated prior to Navy, we will likely be ranked. in 2017 we were entered the Army-Navy game with an 8-3 record. Unlike last year, we would only have two losses, both to potential Top 25 teams (continue cheering for Duke). The most recent loss would be in September rather than in Week 11 of Season against North Texas. That late season loss ultimately kept us from getting into the polls following the both the Navy and San Diego State Wins.
Szott’s Fixed Opinion:
Army displayed impressive maturity in both preparation and mindset going into Saturday’s contest. I know the Army fanbase was still talking about the OU game while Monken’s men were fixing their eyes on the Bulls. They controlled their collective emotions and focused on the next challenge; no easy task in this emotionally-charged sport. Despite a sluggish start, the Army team’s culture of effort and grit shown through, instilling confidence in their ability to finish out the season undefeated. Finishing the regular season 10-2 is a very real possibility given how the Cadets are playing. It all starts with the next two weeks of preparation for a visit to a winless San Jose State. I like our chances.
Beat San Jose State. Rest.