Army gains 671 yards in easy win

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Af­ter two straight nar­row losses, Army got back on track Satur­day — half­way through its most promis­ing sea­son in years.

Ah­mad Brad­shaw ran for 109 yards and a touch­down, fel­low quar­ter­back Chris Carter threw for two scores and Army beat Lafayette 62-7.

Against a Lafayette team fac­ing its first FBS squad since a 41-14 loss to the Black Knights in 1997, Army’s triple op­tion re­turned to form af­ter last week’s 13-6 loss at Duke, with a sea­son­high 671 yards of of­fense, 379 in the first half.

The Black Knights’ rush­ing at­tack — which came in ranked No. 2 in the nation — was good for 537 yards as Army (4-2) racked up 31 first downs.

“If we can’t run the ball ef­fec­tively, we’re not go­ing to do much on of­fense,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “We cer­tainly

were able to do that today.”

The Leop­ards, who never led, gained just 10 rush­ing yards on 17 car­ries and dropped to 1-18 all-time against Army. Com­ing off a 58-34 loss to Ford­ham in which it gave up 516 yards on the ground, Lafayette (16) had no an­swers in its first look at an op­tion of­fense.

The Leop­ards had to punt on their first five pos­ses­sions, and Army kept cap­i­tal­iz­ing with touch­downs thanks to strong block­ing up front.

The Black Knights scored first when Brad­shaw sprinted down the right side­line for a ca­reer-long 60-yard touch­down run. Soon af­ter, Jor­dan As­berry

ran it in off a pitch from the 20 to give Army a 14-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first.

“Jor­dan’s a very good player. All of our slots have very good speed and make the game eas­ier for me when I hand it to them,” Brad­shaw said.

Carter ran for a 19-yard touch­down be­fore Brad­shaw found Jeff Ejekam in­side the right edge of the end zone to put Army up 28-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. Per­haps the pret­ti­est play was Carter’s 59-yard touch­down heave over the mid­dle to As­berry on the first play of Army’s next series.

Drew Reed was back un­der cen­ter af­ter miss­ing most of Lafayette’s past two games with a head in­jury. The Leop­ards’ of­fense mostly re­lies on the pass, and Reed com­pleted four of his first five at­tempts be­fore fin­ish­ing 21 for 36 for 205 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Lafayette coach Frank Ta­vani said it was the worst he had ever felt af­ter a game.

“It looked like we didn’t want to play. It was dis­gust­ing and em­bar­rass­ing,” the 17-year Leop­ards coach said.

Blaik Field fea­tured a painted “28” at each 28yard line in honor of sopho­more cor­ner Bran­don Jack­son, who died in a car crash a day af­ter the Black Knights’ last home game on Sept. 10.

The Takeaway

Lafayette: Since beat­ing Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State in the opener, Lafayette has now dropped six straight — five of those de­feats by dou­ble dig­its. The loss also

clinched a sev­enth straight los­ing sea­son for Lafayette.

Army: The fact that Lafayette’s only victory in the series came 76 years ago meant this was a game the Black Knights had to have as they seek their first bowl game berth since 2010.

By The Num­bers

Army’s of­fense had 31 first downs and its de­fense kept Lafayette to 10 rush­ing yards.

BACK AT IT: Af­ter be­ing dor­mant for nearly two decades, the Lafayette-Army series, which dates to 1893, con­tin­ues in 2018.

Up next

Lafayette: The Leop­ards have a con­fer­ence matchup at Buck­nell on Satur­day. Army: The Black Knights stay home to face North Texas on Satur­day.

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