Army 3-3

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oh, man what a win - Army beat Vanderbilt 16-13 at Michie Stadium

After the Tulane loss I called on Army to pass a little bit more- Rich Ellerson liked the idea to pass early and it paid dividends as the running game found some room to operate.

Army had control of the game as they picked off a pass and were on Vanderbilt's doorstep with under 8 minutes to play, but they couldn't put the ball over the line and had to settle for a 23 yard field goal.

It was a wild finish as Vanderbilt seemingly ended the game with a touchdown - only to have the points taken off the board for a penalty for picking the defender off his receiver. Another movement penalty took Vandy back to the 41 yard line where kicker Ryan Fowler kicked to send the game to OT.
It was poetic justice as Vanderbilt hit the left upright from 41 yards to force OT... Army kicker Alex Carlton hit the same upright from pretty much the same distance to win the game in OT. Really an unbelievable finish - and an unbelievable game for Carlton who went 3/3 on the day including a 51 yarder and the 42 yard game winner.

The Black Knights were primed to win this game and seem to have left the miscues of the early season in the past. The Vanderbilt Commodores were plagued with miscues, turnovers and penalties which gave Army the advantage throughout the game.

Not to take anything away from the win, I can't stand overtime in college football. I'll touch on this in my next blog, but first the Army/Vanderbilt story and stats.



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