It has been over four years since Army has defeated an opponent on the road. Hopes were high when they entered Dixon Stadium this Saturday to face the winless Golden Flashes. And then Colin Reardon happened. Reardon had a career day against the shaky Army defense as he threw for 360 yards and 3 touchdowns and recorded another score on the ground.
Army kept the game close, until the fourth quarter, again. Angel Santiago was a mere 3 for 10 passing with a pick. Army was able to run for 259 yards, getting scores from Tony Giovannelli and Raymond Maples. However, the inability to convert 3rd down prevented the Black Knights from gaining any offensive momentum. Army only had 1 long 3rd down to convert, but credit Kent State's defense for playing the option and limiting big runs. Army only had 8 runs of 10 yards or more, and those rushes occurred on scoring drives.
Army has now fallen to 2-5 on the season and enters their BYE week with more questions than answers. Coach Jeff Monken still doesn't have a solid starting quarterback, as he has played Santiago and A.J. Schurr interchangeably these past few games. The good news is they will be facing a school built much like their own in Air Force. The bad news is Air Force is 5-2 and has an impressive win against Boise State. Army will need to figure out how to win through the air if they want to avoid a truly disastrous start to Monken's tenure.
Player of the Game: Colin Reardon
Major props need to go out to Kent's Reardon as he put the team on his back to secure the win. He made throws when they needed him to, limited his mistakes to only 1 interceotion, and used his protection to find receivers in open space.