Army eyes Air Force

(AP Photo/ Jim McKnight)

Forget about Tulane. Forget about Army's pitiful performance on 'D' in New Orleans. This is Air Force week. This is a chance to save the season. Slumping Army begins its quest for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Friday against Air Force.

The Black Knights haven't won the CIC. They can bring it back to West Point outright with a win over Air Force and Navy on Dec. 2.

It may not be easy for some Army fans to forget Tulane. The Black Knights (3-6) lost 42-28 and gave up 586 yards. Army trailed by 22 points late in the fourth quarter.

But there was, at least, one positive. His name is freshman quarterback Carson Williams. After a slow start, in which he threw two first half interceptions, Williams bounced back. He tossed three scores in the second half and finished with 194 passing yards. To put that in perspective, former starter David Pevoto threw four touchdowns in Army's first eight games. Of even more importance, Williams seems to have already gained the confidence of his teammates. You figure Williams will only get better and the Black Knights' defense has to get better. Air Force should serve as the perfect motivator for Army.

The Black Knights look for its second win in a row against Air Force (3-4). Army beat the Falcons 27-24 last season, marking the first time in 28 years the Black Knights won in Colorado Springs. Still, Air Force has won 15 of the last 17 meetings.

Air Force opened the year with a 31-30 loss at Tennessee. The Falcons looked to be on the verge of another winning season at 3-2. However, Air Force lost consecutive games to San Diego State and BYU. But expect the Falcons' option offense to be firing against Army.

Junior quarterback Shaun Carney has run the offense for parts of three years. Not only can he run, Carney possesses an accurate throwing arm. That's where Army's 'D' comes into play. The unit has to play better than last week. After all, this is Air Force week. This is a chance to save the season.

Extra points: Air Force leads the Mountain West Conference this season and ranks third nationally with an average of 266.9. The Black Knights are ranked 60th in the nation in rushing offense (137.8 yards) ... Air Force has scored in 163 consecutive games dating back to 1992. Army hasn't been shutout since 2003 under Todd Berry ... Army kicker Austin Miller has converted 9-of-12 field goals this season ...

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