NCAAF Game Recap - Houston at Army
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:30 PM EST

Hou
14
Army
70
F
UAB
37
NIU
13
F
SDSU
0
Ohio
27
F
Marsh
38
SoFL
20
F
FLInt
35
Toled
32
F
WestMI
18
BYU
49
F
Mem
34
Wake
37
F
Buff
32
Troy
42
F
LaTec
31
Hawaii
14
F

Army 70, Houston 14

Dec 22, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Houston (8-5)

0

7

0

7

14

(22) Army (11-2)

14

28

14

14

70

Hopkins has 5 TDs, No. 22 Army routs Houston 70-14
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:55 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. initially ran right before cutting back the other way and eluding a tackler. He sent two other defenders sliding to the ground when he switched directions again and took off toward the end zone.

That nifty 77-yard run was one of his Armed Forces Bowl-record five rushing touchdowns as the No. 22 Black Knights overwhelmed Houston 70-14 on Saturday to reach 11 wins for the first time in program history.

"Just trying to get back to the line of scrimmage," Hopkins said. "There was this huge convoy of guys right there when I was running in. ... I just felt like people were on me. I thought it was Houston, and I realized it was gray jerseys. It was a really good team win."

The Black Knights (11-2) won their ninth consecutive game since an overtime loss at playoff team Oklahoma exactly three months earlier.

"Great, great finish to a terrific season," coach Jeff Monken said.

Houston (8-5) lost for the fourth time in five games since starting 7-1 and getting into the AP Top 25 poll for one week in late October. The injury-plagued Cougars suffered their most-lopsided loss in their 27 bowl games, and their biggest loss overall since a 66-10 loss at UCLA during the 1997 regular season.

"That's the hardest part to swallow, you're 7-1," second-year coach Major Applewhite said. "I'm proud of the way our kids fought. I'm not proud of losing the games at the end of the season the way we lost them."

Hopkins ran 11 times for 170 yards before coming out of the game midway through the third quarter when it was 49-7. He also completed the first 1,000-yard passing season for Army since 2007. He was 3-of-3 passing for 70 yards, including a 54-yarder that set up one of his three 1-yard TD plunges. He also had a 2-yard TD run.

Army got 507 of its 592 total yards on the ground in its highest-scoring game this season - and the most points in the program's nine bowl appearances. The Black Knights won a bowl for the third consecutive year, including last year's Armed Force Bowl over San Diego State.

On the first play of the second quarter, on Houston's first snap after Hopkins' long TD run, Cameron Jones had a 23-yard fumble return for a score after James Nachtigal forced the turnover when he sacked Clayton Tune.

While Hopkins had his left arm in a sling after the game, he said he was "a little banged up" and that it was just a precaution. The junior quarterback's 77-yarder on the last play of the first quarter made it 14-0.

"He did a really good job of finding an initial opening because it was almost a busted play," Monken said. "It was not designed to go back that direction and he kind of skipped out of the way of a guy."

Tune, the true freshman filling in for injured playmaker D'Eriq King, was 21-of-32 passing for 230 yards and was sacked 10 times. He was responsible for both Houston TDs, a 3-yard pass to Romello Brooker in the second quarter and a 6-yard run with 6 1/2 minutes left.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston: The Cougars didn't have King or NFL-bound defensive tackle Ed Oliver. King, who will be back next season, was responsible for 50 touchdowns in 11 games before knee surgery. Oliver missed four games because of a bruised right knee, then skipped the bowl game to focus on preparing for the NFL draft.

"I love Ed to death, but there were more issues than missing Ed," Applewhite said. "Give credit to Army."

Army: After a 10-loss season as freshmen, the Black Knights senior class won 29 games the past three seasons. They finished with back-to-back seasons of at least 10 wins. Army is an AP Top 25 team for the first time since 1996, the academy's only other 10-win season.

"I knew we had something special going on in our program," Monken said.

UP NEXT

Houston plays its 2019 season opener Aug. 31 at Oklahoma.

Army opens the 2019 season at home against Rice on Aug. 30.

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Passing

Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Tune 32 21 65.6 1 230 22 0 97.1
Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 3 3 100.0 0 70 54 0 118.8
C. Thomas 1 1 100.0 1 15 15 0 158.3

Rushing

Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Carr 9 57 6.3 16 0
C. Tune 19 24 1.3 21 1
Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hopkins Jr. 11 170 15.5 77 5
D. Woolfolk 11 71 6.5 30 0

Receiving

Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Stevenson 8 72 9.0 18 0
R. Brooker 4 45 11.3 17 1
Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Cline 1 54 54.0 54 0
J. Asberry 2 22 11.0 15 1

Fumbles

Hou F FL
M. Stevenson 1 0
Army F FL
D. Woolfolk 1 0

Returning

Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Stevenson 5 25.4 0 37 0 - 0 0
G. Stuard 1 31.0 0 31 0 - 0 0
Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Hayes 2 4.5 0 9 0 - 0 0
A. Miranda 0 - 0 0 1 39.0 0 39

Punting

Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 5 195 39.0 47

Takeaways

Hou Int Yds InTD
E. Egbule 0 0 0
Army Int Yds InTD
C. Jones 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Hou Army
Points For 14 70
Total Yards 295 592
Rushing Yards 72 507
Passing Yards 223 85
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/33 4/4
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 4/2 2/1
First Downs 23 27
Penalties - Yards 5/33 7/60
Time Of Possession 11:11 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/13 7/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/5 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 5/39 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Hou Army
Army 11:02 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 1 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 0 7
Army 15:00 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 77 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter Hou Army
Army 0:14 TD Cameron Jones 23 yd fumble return (John Abercrombie kick) 0 21
Hou 2:56 TD Romello Brooker 3 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 7 21
Army 4:14 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 1 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 7 28
Army 7:36 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 2 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 7 35
Army 14:09 TD Artice Hobbs IV 11 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 7 42
3rd Quarter Hou Army
Army 2:51 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 1 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 7 49
Army 13:39 TD Connor Slomka 3 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 7 56
4th Quarter Hou Army
Army 4:29 TD Jordan Asberry 15 yd pass from Cam Thomas (John Abercrombie kick) 7 63
Hou 8:35 TD Clayton Tune 6 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 14 63
Army 13:02 TD Cam Thomas 20 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 14 70

Game Information

Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Attendance: 44,738
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