Statistical black-and-whites usually aren’t this extreme. Army’s 430 yards of total offense included 414 yards on the ground and just 16 in the air. Conversely, Louisiana Tech rushed for just 57 yards, but passed for 320. But, as is usually the case, the ball spent most of the game in the hands of the Black Knights. Their time of possession of 39 minutes, 57 seconds was almost double that of the Bulldogs.
Army also converted 8 of 15 third-down plays and were 2 of 2 on fourth down.
The Black Knights scored a touchdown on their first possession against Tech. Army has now scored on its first possession in four out of five games with three touchdowns and a field goal. Army punted on its first possession against Wake Forest and kicked a field goal against Stanford.
Eight different receivers caught passes for Tech. Hayden Tippett had the only Army pass reception. Thus, Chevaugn Lawrence had his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch stopped at 14. It was Army’s longest streak since Jeremy Trimble went 22 straight in 2006 and 2007.
Army’s one previous game against Louisiana Tech was a 14-7 victory in 2008. The Black Knights’ one previous game in the Cotton Bowl was a 24-6 victory over SMU in 1967.
The victory snapped Army’s 14-game losing streak in games played away from West Point. The Black Knights’ last victory outside Michie Stadium was their 16-14 victory over SMU in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl played at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas.
Julian Holloway and Shaquille Tolbert each had career highs with nine tackles. Tolbert also added an assist behind the line and his first career interception on the game’s final play. Holloway had a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss. In addition to Colin Linkul’s two sacks, Kyle Maxwell and Robert Kough had one each.
Josh Jenkins penalty for targeting not only resulted in a 15-yard penalty and Jenkins’ ejection from the game, but unless Army would appeal the call and win it, Jenkins will also miss the first half of Army’s game next Saturday against Boston College.
Playing in rainy and wet conditions for most of the game, Army won the turnover battle, 2-0. It was the Black Knights’ second turnover-free game of the season, both of which were victories.
Army running back Terry Baggett and kicker Daniel Grochowski were named the Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week for their play against Wake Forest last week. It was the first time Baggett claimed the honor; Grochowski was honored for the second straight week.
Baggett ran for a career-high 125 yards against the Demon Deacons with 16 rushes for 125 yards, a mark he broke with the 143 yards he gained Saturday against Tech. The Wake Forest game was his second career 100-yard game. His 51-yard run and 22-yard reception were also career bests.
Grochowski kicked three field goals, of 39, 32 and 32 yards. In addition to the FBS Independent honor, Grochowski also earned honorable mention from the College Football Performance Awards. Against Louisiana Tech, he was credited with a tackle on the opening kickoff, his first of the season.
Grochowski converted all five of his extra-point attempts, tying his career best He also made all five against Eastern Michigan Oct. 12, 2012.