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Army extinguishes Flames, 38-14

Despite heroic efforts from Liberty QB Stephen Calvert, the Black Knights had little trouble knocking off their fellow FBS Independent

NCAA Football: Liberty at Army
Army celebrates after a lopsided win against an overmatched Liberty squad on Saturday.
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The game wasn’t even as close as the final score.

After an uncharacteristic 21 passing attempts last week, Army went back to what it knows under head coach Jeff Monken: pounding the ball out on the ground and rolling over the opposing offense like it was a beach in Normandy. Army QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was 2/7 passing for 61 yards and a TD, with the running backs taking care of the rest.

Amassing an astounding 449 yards on the ground, three different Black Knights ran for TD’s, led by Darnell Woolfolk and his 17 carries for 98 yards and two TD’s. That, plus a fumble recovery and an interception from Jaylon McClinton sealed the deal.

For Liberty’s part, this was not the team that dominated Old Dominion a week ago. Despite insane numbers from QB Stephen Calvert (19/37 with 307 yards passing, two TD’s but one INT), the rest of the team was not up to the task, losing two fumbles in addition to the interception, as well as the punter getting ejected on a targeting call.

The Flames didn’t even score until the 3rd quarter, both touchdown passes in what was essentially garbage time, as the Black Knights scored 14 unanswered in the 4th to finish the rout.

It’s going to be a long season for Liberty (1-1) and their independent schedule, as it looks like Old Dominion was a fluke and is in for a rough season of its own. Next week must look like a blessing for the Flames, as they welcome FCS Norfolk State into Lynchburg, before returning to FBS play the following week against a surging North Texas.

Army (1-1) has a different road ahead, as they welcome a 3-0 Hawaii team to West Point next weekend, in what will surely be a showcase for two teams on the rise.