Saturday, October 23, 2021

#16 Wake Forest at Army

I can't even remember who was president the last time Army beat a ranked team, but 4-2 Army is holding its own against 6-0 Wake Forest, down 28-21 at the half.  Army gets the 2nd half kickoff.

Update:  I just noticed that all three services academies are hosting ranked teams today.  #2 Cincinnati leads at Navy 13-10 at the half, and later this afternoon #22 San Diego State 6-0 will play at 6-1 Air Force.

Update #2:  I might have just watched the play that lost the game for Army today.  Down by a touchdown, Army was driving, and then this:

OH NO!  Army tried a fake field goal on 4th and 5.  The ball was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, 42-28. 

Update #3:  According to the CBS announcers, the last time Army beat a ranked team was 1972, inching out Air Force.  Right now Army trails 49-42 after scoring on the 1st play of the 4th quarter.

Update #4:  Army fumbles twice, losing the ball the 2nd time.  A few plays later the score is 70-49 with 1:48 remaining.  This week the offense did their job, the defense didn't show up.

When was the last time you saw this many points scored in a Division 1 football game?

Update #5:  This is only the 2nd time in Army football history, which dates back to 1890, that Army allowed 70 points.  Today's is the highest point total ever scored in Michie (pronounced Mikey) Stadium.  Wake Forest goes to 7-0, Army drops to 4-3 after starting the season 4-0.

Here's a screen shot of the team stats from today:

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If you couldn't see the Wake Forest numbers, who would you think won that game?!

Army now has two weeks to get ready for Air Force at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX.  If Army wins, we keep the Commander-in-Chief's trophy no matter the outcome of the Army-Navy game.  If Air Force wins, they get the trophy this year.

Beat Air Force!  Beat Navy!

Update #6:  #2 Cincinnati also goes 7-0 after a 27-20 win at hapless Navy.  San Diego State at Air Force starts in about 3 hours.

Update #7, 10/24/21:  The altitude did a number on San Diego State in the 2nd half, especially the 4th quarter, but they held on to beat Air Force 20-14.


Auntie Ann said...

It was a day for records: the Illinois/Penn State record of 9 overtimes is another.

Steve USMA '85 said...

My wife, daughter and I were at the game. The best way I can describe it is that I went to a football game and a basketball game broke out.

If I remember correct, every possession of the game ended in one of three outcomes; touchdown, turnover, end of half/game.

Seriously, has there ever been a time where a football team scored 56 points and LOST?!?!?