Army 4-6

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Army won today but I don't think it's accurate to say they beat anybody. The game started on equal terms, with both teams losing fumbles on their first possession. Army scored first and held a 10 point lead going into the half. In the game preview I said that VMI was solid, but true to their record they became their own worst enemy. The Keydets turned the ball over twice and compiled 10 penalties for -89 yards. Despite the self made setbacks, VMI had a chance to earn the win today owning a 4th quarter lead and neutralizing Army's offense for large stretches of both halves.

It was an incredible catch by Alejandro Villanueva that sparked the Black Knights comeback, on 3rd down and 9 with 10 minutes to play, big #82 made a leaning grab on his tiptoes that was originally ruled out of bounds, but was overturned upon review for the 22 yard first down. The next play Patrick Mealey (16rush for 136 yards) broke a tackle and scored from 17 yards out for the winning points.

Villanueva was CBS's player of the game, finishing the day with 7 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Army had uncharacteristic success through the air, with Trent Steelman throwing 11 of 14 for 174. yards. Steelman also put the ball on the ground 5 times in a game marked by poor weather. The VMI Keydets outrushed the Black Knights 328 yards to 186.

The win keeps Army in play for a bowl game, but they were lucky survive and advance today. The next two games come away from home against superior teams and the Knights better be prepared to elevate their game for the next contests.

Here's your VMI/Army story and stats.



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