Here's the thing. Even with a continuing problem covering speedy receivers, the Cadet defense is capable of hanging with all their opponents. They control the line of scrimmage at times. They make more tackles for loss than anytime since 1996. There are much fewer missed tackles in open space. The defense flies around to the ball, keeping big plays to a minimum. If one of the goals of this game was to make BC sweat a bit, mission accomplished.
Facing a QB in Matt Ryan, who will be playing on Sundays for the next few years, the stop group still made enough plays to keep the BKs in the ballgame. Even though they gave up 356 yards through the air, 3 turnovers negated much of that. Forcing turnovers, a weakness the last few years, has kept things close the last 2 weeks. It says here that this group should be rewarded with a few W's.
But the Army offense will have none of it. Continuing the predictable low results play that has gone on all season, the Cadets struggled mightily in the first half, with an astounding 6 three-and-outs and only 3 first downs, one of which was a 26 yard gain on a fake field goal attempt, setting up Army's only offensive touchdown of the day. This continues a disturbing 2 year pattern of only scoring 1 TD per game.
The second half saw better results in the air, with Carson Williams hooking up with Jeremy Trimble and Damion Hunter for nice gains. Yet with only 4 more first downs in the half, Army's inability to sustain drives in this current scheme is quite apparent.
The running game remains invisible with only 44 net yards on the afternoon. The slow forming handoffs in the backfield continue. No trickery has been seen all year. An almost comical inability to pick up first downs needing 1 or 2 yards in also a constant. Hopefully, with 3 winnable games on the horizon, the light will go on in this coaching staff's head.
Making it tougher to win department: Stan Brock has mentioned that the Corps of Cadets was a huge factor in Army's victory over Rhode Island. Yet 2006-2007 mark the first time in the history of the program that 3 of the first 4 games were played on the road. One of the supposed benefits of returning to Independent status was an increase in home games. Instead, they have decreased. This is another area that needs to be addressed by the administration.