Army over­pow­ers Mor­gan State, 60-3

Black Knights rush for more than 500 yards as they keep bowl hopes alive

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

Af­ter five straight los­ing sea­sons, coach Jeff Monken and Army bid farewell to Michie Sta­dium Satur­day hop­ing for a big fin­ish.

Back over .500? Check. Still alive for a bowl? Check.

Beat Navy for the first time since 2001? We’ll see in three weeks. Be­fore all that, the Black Knights had to take care of Mor­gan State — and they had lit­tle trou­ble do­ing so. Andy David­son ran for two touch­downs on 111 yards, Cole Macek added two more scores and 108 yards and Army crushed the Bears 60-3. Dar­nell Wool­folk added a score on 104 yards to keep the Black Knights (6-5) in the hunt for their first bowl game since 2010, thanks to their largest mar­gin of vic­tory since 1958. But first comes Navy. “I don’t know a big­ger foot­ball game,” said Monken. “That’s a goal of ours as a pro­gram, to play in the post­sea­son. It’d be great to have that op­por­tu­nity, but we have no con­trol over get­ting in right now. We have one game in the world right now and that’s the Army-Navy game.”

Army’s triple op­tion, which stalled badly in a 44-6 loss to Notre Dame a week ago, re­turned to form against an FCS de­fense that came in al­low­ing 32 points per game. The Black Knights scored on their first two drives and led 29-3 by half­time.

The na­tion’s No. 2 rush­ing of­fense wound up with 504 yards, 561 to­tal yards, as Army clinched its sec­ond six-win sea­son since 1996.

Chris An­drews (8 for 20) threw for 79 yards for the Bears (2-8, 2-5 MEAC), who con­verted just three of 16 third downs. Mor­gan State, which hasn’t won a road game since Oc­to­ber 2015, failed to score a touch­down for the sec­ond time this year and was held to 124 yards of of­fense.

Army’s de­fense clamped down on Mor­gan State’s open­ing drive, forc­ing a three-and-out, and the Black Knights scored on their en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, capped by David­son’s 23-yard score.

Af­ter forc­ing another punt, the Black Knights got into the red zone on Wool­folk’s 42-yard rush to the 5. Ah­mad Brad­shaw ran in on a keeper one play later and the Black Knights led 13-0.

Stymied on the ground, the over­matched Bears caught a break in the sec­ond quar­ter when they re­cov­ered an Army fum­ble on one of their five first-half punts. That set up a drive from the Army 19, but Mor­gan State had to set­tle for a field goal for its only score.

Army’s 249 yards of of­fense in the first half bested its en­tire ef­fort in the loss to Notre Dame. A big chunk of that came on Jor­dan As­berry’s first carry. The sopho­more took a pitch from Brad­shaw at mid­field, got to the right side­line and then picked up a block to score with 2:45 left in the half. The Black Knights got another touch­down two min­utes later when Brad­shaw found streak­ing Edgar Poe for a 31-yard score.

Army, the na­tion’s 10th-best de­fense, racked up six sacks and se­nior Jeremy Timpf had 10 tack­les in his 35th straight start.

“There’s been a lot of work put into this pro­gram the last few years,” Timpf said. “A lot of sweat

and blood has been poured on the field.”

THE TAKE­AWAY

Mor­gan State: The freefall un­der first-year in­terim head coach Fred Far­rier con­tin­ued for the Bears, losers of six straight. The re­sult wasn’t nearly as close as the pro­grams’ first

meet­ing, a 28-12 Army vic­tory in 2013.

Army: Com­ing off lop­sided losses to Air Force and Notre Dame, the matchup with Mor­gan State on se­nior day was a must-win as Army tries to qual­ify for a bowl. Army is hold­ing its breath since its vic­tory against another FCS foe, Lafayette, doesn’t count to­ward that goal.

TRIB­UTE TO 28

In ad­di­tion to a new tat­too,

Mor­gan State fresh­man Rico Kennedy wore No. 28 to honor his “best friend,” Army’s Bran­don Jack­son, who died in car crash ear­lier this sea­son. “I miss him, I love him, and I’m al­ways go­ing to play for him,” Kennedy said.

UP NEXT

Mor­gan State: The Bears are at Sa­van­nah State on Satur­day in a game post­poned by Hur­ri­cane

Matthew back on Oct. 8.

Army: The Black Knights are off un­til Dec. 10’s trip to Bal­ti­more to face Navy. Army hasn’t won the ri­valry game since 2001. Af­ter the game, Poe was ready to fo­cus on the Mid­ship­men.

“We’re tired of hear­ing, ‘Is this the year?’ That’s the most an­noy­ing thing I get asked ev­ery day. I’m ready for it to just hap­pen,” he said.

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