NCAAF Game Recap - Army at UTSA
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Army 31, UTSA 13

Sep 14, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Army (2-1)

10

0

7

14

31

UTSA (1-2)

0

0

7

6

13

Army rebounds to upend Texas-San Antonio, 31-13
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:07 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Army moved on quickly from an emotional loss, even if the sting of failing to pull off a monumental upset still lingers.

The Black Knights set several milestones on offense in rolling past the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 31-13 Saturday at the Alamodome.

Army's triple-option offense continued to confound after nearly upsetting then seventh-ranked Michigan on Sept. 7 before falling 24-21 in double overtime in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Senior defensive back Elijah Riley said the Black Knights moved on from that loss, but not everyone was able to forget so easily.

"I'm glad they forgot about it right away," Army coach Jeff Monkey said. "I didn't forget about that; I don't know if I'll ever forget about that. So, good for them. Losses like that are going to linger. They're hard, they are hard to overcome. When you've got the No. 7 team beat in their stadium, it's going to linger and it's hard to come back from."

Monken admitted he was worried about a letdown, but he shouldn't have.

Aiding Army's recovery was a late switch at quarterback against UTSA. Jabari Laws started in place of an injured Kevin Hokins Jr. and the Black Knights responded with their most prolific output of the season.

Army (2-1) generated season-highs in total yards with 358 and rushing yards with 340 against UTSA (1-2).

"We knew what to expect from this team, but it's very hard to emulate that," Roadrunners coach Frank Wilson said of the triple-option offense. "So, even when we practiced it, it probably was not at the speed that it was today."

Laws' first collegiate play resulted in a 35-yard run to open the game. The Black Knights would score 53 seconds into the game, driving 75 yards on three plays capped by Kell Walker's 26-yard rushing touchdown.

It was the fastest opening score in Monken's 10-year career.

Laws finished with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries, becoming Army's first player to eclipse 100 yards rushing this season.

"It was definitely awesome," Laws said. "All my teammates, they rallied behind me and I really appreciate them. I really couldn't have done it without them."

UTSA's initial touchdown came on a two-yard dive by quarterback Lowell Narcisse. The Roadrunners scored after converting on fourth-and-eight at the Black Knights' 33-yard line.

UTSA was held to 51 yards rushing and lost two fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

Army: The Black Knights continue to thrive under Monken. Army has won three straight bowl games and closed last season with 13 straight victories. The offense continues to dazzle but the defense is limiting opponents to 281 yards per game this season and 11.3 points in regulation.

UTSA: Frank Wilson is off to another slow start in his fourth season in charge of the Roadrunners. UTSA is 1-2 despite returning 15 starters from last season's team that opened 0-3.

NEVER SEEN

Army's triple-option offense is rare, which makes it tough to game plan for. Most teams will not spend a lot of time preparing for an offense they only see once, opting instead to adjust after a week's preparation.

Well, planning for an opposing defense is just as difficult for the Black Knights for the same reasons.

"The defensive front that we faced, we didn't practice that one time this week," Monken said. "Based on (the Roadrunners') experience as a staff, in being other places, we tried to practice against the defenses that we thought they might run based on what they had done against this offense prior. That's all you can do, you can't practice every play against every defense in a week, it's impossible. It was the second week in a row that's been the case."

Making matters more difficult was the fact Laws was making his first collegiate start. Monken said Army's offensive staff gave Laws checks and adjusted during timeouts and between series based on what they saw from UTSA. It resulted in a lopsided win.

REMAIN CALM, ALL IS WELL

UTSA enters its conference schedule with a losing record for the third time in four seasons, but the Roadrunners are still optimistic about qualifying for a bowl game.

"You can go 0-3 and still win the conference," Jarrod Carter-McLin said. "And that was our goal at the end of the day. Our goal is to win a conference championship, go to a bowl game. Everything we want, everything we're trying to get to, is still right in front of us."

The Roadrunners lone bowl game in eight seasons came in 2016 after an 0-3 start. UTSA finished that season 6-7 and also won six games the following season to qualify for a bowl but were not invited to one.

UP NEXT

Army: Welcomes Morgan State to Michie Stadium next Saturday. The Black Knights throttled the Bears 60-3 in their previous matchup, Nov. 19, 2016, at West Point, N.Y.

UTSA: Opens Conference USA by traveling to North Texas Saturday. The Roadrunners are 3-3 against the Mean Green but have lost two straight, including a 24-21 loss Nov. 24, 2018, at the Alamodome.

Passing

Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Laws 2 2 100.0 0 18 12 0 104.2
UTSA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Narcisse 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
F. Harris 31 23 74.2 0 187 37 1 75.6

Rushing

Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Laws 23 137 6.0 41 1
K. Walker 5 80 16.0 26 2
UTSA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. McCormick 5 27 5.4 11 1
D. Boston 3 16 5.3 13 0

Receiving

Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Harrison 1 12 12.0 12 0
K. Cline 1 6 6.0 6 0
UTSA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Strickland II 4 38 9.5 19 0
L. Watson 1 37 37.0 37 0

Fumbles

Army F FL
C. Slomka 1 1

Returning

Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Miranda 0 - 0 0 1 6.0 0 6
UTSA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Winnegan 3 33.3 0 65 0 - 0 0
S. Jones 0 - 0 0 1 3.0 0 3

Punting

Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Potter 2 86 43.0 51
Z. Harding 1 44 44.0 44
UTSA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
L. Dean 5 213 42.6 53

Takeaways

Army Int Yds InTD
J. Bourdeau 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Army UTSA
Points For 31 13
Total Yards 358 260
Rushing Yards 340 51
Passing Yards 18 209
Passing Completions / Attempts 2/2 24/33
Turnovers 2 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 3/2
First Downs 22 13
Penalties - Yards 5/30 7/54
Time Of Possession 33:33 27:27
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/9 5/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 3/43 5/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Army UTSA
Army 0:53 TD Kell Walker 26 yd run (David Cooper kick) 7 0
Army 4:19 FG David Cooper 40 yd FG 10 0
2nd Quarter Army UTSA
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter Army UTSA
UTSA 6:58 TD Lowell Narcisse 2 yd run (Hunter Duplessis kick) 10 7
Army 12:37 TD Jabari Laws 41 yd run (David Cooper kick) 17 7
4th Quarter Army UTSA
Army 4:17 TD Kell Walker 16 yd run (David Cooper kick) 24 7
UTSA 6:10 TD Sincere McCormick 7 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 24 13
Army 13:37 TD Connor Slomka 3 yd run (David Cooper kick) 31 13

Game Information

Stadium: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 30,718
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