NCAAF Game Recap - Rice at Army
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Army 14, Rice 7

Aug 30, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT

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Army holds off Rice 14-7
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:23 PM

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Kelvin Hopkins Jr. hit Kell Walker with a 17-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, and Army held off Rice 14-7 on Friday night at Michie Stadium.

The Black Knights have won 14 straight games at home and 10 straight overall, the second longest active winning streak in college football, behind only national champion Clemson.

A false start on third down pushed the ball back to a third-and-8 at the 17 before Hopkins found Walker all alone on the left side near the goal line with 3:58 left in the game.

Army converted five third downs on the 18-play, game-winning drive, a typical one for the Black Knights that took over 9 minutes and left the Owls in a hole they couldn't climb out of in the season opener for both teams. The Owls' last gasp was a sideline pass on fourth down by Wiley Green that fell incomplete at the Army 15 with seconds to play.

Hopkins, who last year became the first player in academy history to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in a season, had a subpar game until then without standout center Bryce Holland and a new backfield behind him. He finished with 80 yards rushing on 21 carries and was 3 of 8 passing for 53 yards.

Army, which finished last season ranked No. 19, lost a key part of its offense to graduation with the departure of fullbacks Darnell Woolfolk and Andy Davidson. Woolfolk was the workhorse, accounting for 956 yards and 14 TDs. Senior Connor Slomka (74 carries for 324 yards, 4.4 average and five TDs) and junior Sandon McCoy (16-65, 4.1) were being counted on to carry much of the load this season, but Slomka has been hobbled by an undisclosed injury and did not play, and the offense struggled much of the game.

The Owls, who started preparing for this game in the spring, held the Black Knights in check in the first half, limiting them to 120 yards on 30 plays, 103 of it on the ground on 27 carries, a 3.8-yard average. Last season, Army averaged 4.9 yards per carry, ranked second nationally with 312 yards per game, and won a school-record 11 games with its ball-control offense and a stingy defense that allowed 295.5 yards per game, eighth in the nation.

Hopkins gave the Black Knights a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard run midway through the second quarter, and big plays set up the score in a typical Army drive that took 16 plays and lasted nearly 10 minutes. After Army converted twice on third down and once on fourth, wide receiver Christian Hayes ran a reverse right for 35 yards on a third-and-9 play. One play later Hopkins hit Hayes again, this time along the left side for 17 yards to set up the score.

Rice tailback Nahshon Ellerbe, who missed almost all of last year with a knee injury, tied it at 7-7 with a 54-yard touchdown run on the Owls' next possession.

Ellerbe finished with 103 yards rushing on nine carries and Aston Walker had 72 yards rushing on 18 carries.

POOR FIELD POSITION

Army started three drives inside its own 10-yard line.

KICKING WOES

Rice place-kicker Will Harrison missed field goals of 26 and 44 yards.

NO TURNOVERS, PLEASE

Last year Army lost only five fumbles in over 900 plays, but the Black Knights were bitten once in this one. McCoy had a nice gain up the middle into Rice territory late in the third quarter, but defensive lineman Elijah Garcia stripped the ball and linebacker Blaze Alldredge recovered for the Owls.The Army defense forced a punt.

GAMBLING MAN

Last season, Army led the nation in conversions on third down (112 of 196, 57% success rate) and fourth down (31 of 36, 86%), coach Jeff Monken's mantra as a gambling man. Without its powerhouse backfield from last year, Army sputtered early. The Black Knights, at their own 15-yard line, were held for no gain on third and fourth downs on their first possession of the game, needing just a yard to convert. But they escaped when Rice kicker Will Harrison shanked a 26-yard field goal attempt.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rice: The Owls were 2-11 last season, the first under coach Mike Bloomgren, who used a slew of freshmen and redshirt freshmen to build experience into his system. He also added seven graduate transfers to the roster with a total of 202 games of college experience and 144 wins. That should help the Owls improve going forward.

Army: The Black Knights lost a lot in the run game, and Monken had little experience in the backfield with the 240-pound Slomka out. McCoy, who gained 70 yards on 20 carries, will have to continue to pick up the slack.

UP NEXT

Rice: Owls host Atlantic Coast Conference foe Wake Forest next Friday night.

Army: Black Knights are at Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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Passing

Rice Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
W. Green 14 7 50.0 0 62 38 0 62.2
Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 8 3 37.5 1 53 19 0 100.5

Rushing

Rice Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Ellerbe 9 103 11.4 54 1
A. Walter 18 72 4.0 9 0
Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hopkins Jr. 21 80 3.8 12 1
S. McCoy 20 70 3.5 9 0

Receiving

Rice Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Trammell 4 40 10.0 38 0
N. Ellerbe 1 15 15.0 15 0
Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Hobbs IV 1 19 19.0 19 0
K. Walker 1 17 17.0 17 1

Fumbles

Army F FL
S. McCoy 1 1

Returning

Rice KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Trammell 2 16.5 0 17 2 11.5 0 17
Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Miranda 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
B. Walters 1 14.0 0 14 0 - 0 0

Punting

Rice Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Nunez 4 184 46.0 61
C. Barnes 1 38 38.0 38
Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Potter 4 175 43.8 48

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Rice Army
Points For 7 14
Total Yards 243 284
Rushing Yards 181 231
Passing Yards 62 53
Passing Completions / Attempts 7/14 3/8
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 10 17
Penalties - Yards 3/20 4/26
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 9/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/44 4/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Rice Army
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Rice Army
Army 6:10 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 2 yd run (Cole Talley kick) 0 7
Rice 8:30 TD Nahshon Ellerbe 54 yd run (Will Harrison kick) 7 7
3rd Quarter Rice Army
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter Rice Army
Army 11:02 TD Kell Walker 17 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (Cole Talley kick) 7 14

Game Information

Stadium: Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Attendance: 23,238
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