Army runs wild, defeats Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Cougars were no match for the Army Black Knights triple-option offense on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights won 70-14 over the Cougars in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Black Knights tied the largest margin of victory in a Bowl game with 56. They tied the Tulsa Golden Hurricane’s 63-7 win over the Bowling Green Falcons in the 2008 GMAC Bowl.

Army Black Knights quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. looks for a hole to run through against the Oklahoma Sooners
Kelvin Hopkins Jr. looks for a hole to run through against the Oklahoma Sooners (Getty Images)

Army improved to 11-2 on the season. This team was the first-team in program history to win 11 games.

In addition, the Black Knights finished the season on a nine-game win streak. They are also 6-2 all-time in Bowl games, including a four-game Bowl win streak.

The Cougars fell to 8-5. Houston had their two-game win streak snapped in this Bowl loss.

Houston fell to 11-15-1 in Bowl games all-time. They have now lost their last three Bowl games.

This was the first meeting between these two teams since a 35-21 win by Houston on September 18th, 2004. Before Saturday’s win, Army’s last win in the series came on October 6th, 2001 when they won 28-14.

Black Knights quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. went 3 of 3 for 70 yards. Cam Thomas also went 1 of 1 for 15 yards and a touchdown.

Hopkins Jr. had 11 carries for 170 yards and five touchdowns. Darnell Woolfolk had 11 carries for 71 yards. Jordan Asberry had five receptions for 63 yards.

Artice Hobbs IV had six carries for 61 yards and a touchdown. Andy Davidson had seven carries for 59 yards. Connor Slomka had five carries for 26 yards and a touchdown. Thomas had six carries for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Kjetil Cline had a 54-yard reception. Asberry had two receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune went 21 of 32 for 230 yards. He also had a touchdown.

Patrick Carr had nine carries for 52 yards. Tune also had 19 carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. Terence Wilson had six carries for 16 yards.

Marquez Stevenson had eight receptions for 72 yards. Romello Brooker had four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. Courtney Lark had three receptions for 30 yards.

Army scored 28 points in the second half. Hopkins Jr. added his third one-yard rushing touchdown of the game in the third quarter. Slomka also scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown.

Thomas hit Asberry for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Thomas scored on a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

Houston had seven points in the second half. Tune scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown.

The Black Knights led 42-7 at halftime. Hopkins Jr. scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Hopkins Jr. also scored on a 77-yard rushing touchdown.

Cameron Jones returned a fumble for a 23-yard touchdown. Hopkins Jr. also added another one-yard rushing touchdown.

Hopkins Jr. scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown. Hobbs IV scored on an 11-yard rushing touchdown.

Cougars’ Tune hit Brooker for a three-yard touchdown reception.

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