West Point, NY (AP) - The Army Black Knights have had a lack luster season, losing four of the first six games. Sometimes they kept it close, but others they had their socks knocked off. They came into Philadelphia looking to pound on fellow cellar dweller Temple. Instead, the Black Knights had to come from behind to win a narrow 17-14 decision.
Temple came out firing, returning the opening kickoff 90 yards to take a 7-0 lead. Not to be outdone, the Black Knights tied it up 7-7 after a long drive with a six yard run by 'A' back George Fletcher. The teams traded possessions until Temple punched the ball in from the eight yard line to take a 14-7 lead. During the second quarter, and much of the third it looked like this was all the Owls needed as they punished the Army running game. Army was stopped on fourth down on their own 1 yard line. Army couldn't move the ball in the air, with three times as many dropped passes as completions. In fact, converted tackle Ali Villaneavu lost his spot as the slot hybrid H-Back due to a complete inability to catch the football. Army finished the game with one comepleted pass for 7 yards.
In the third quarter, Army finally put together a solid drive to tied the game up at 14. The Black Knight defense held the Owls to a short drive and it looked like Army would take the lead on their next possession. Instead, Army was again shut down on fourth and short on their goalline. The teams traded field position until a broken tackle allowed the Black Knights to travel into the opposing field, where Army kicker Andy Carlton put the ball through the uprights from 37 yards to take the lead. The Owls were not done, however as they drove down the field, only to turn the ball over on fourth down. Wisely, the Black Knights downed the ball to finish the game.
Coach Mason had the following to say, "Man, if we ever develop a passing game, we might be dangerous. We had seven yards in the air, SEVEN!!! I swear my baby girl could throw for seven yards. Maybe she will play QB for me. But we ran the crap out of the ball, had good third down conversions but we couldn't put the ball into the end zone. I am surprised we didn't lose this one. Credit goes out to Temple who played a hell of a game."