WEST POINT – A pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns by junior Darnell Woolfolk propelled the Army West Point football team to a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
The win over Buffalo pushes the Black Knights to a 2-0 mark, while the Bulls slide to 0-2.
Despite trailing for most of the contest, Army stuck with the ground game and leaned heavily on senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw and Woolfolk. The two combined for 46 carries, 238 rushing yards and all three of Army scores.
After allowing 17 first-half points, the Army defense buckled down and pieced together a solid second half. Over the final 30 minutes of play, Buffalo was only to manufacture 16 total plays on three drives that resulted in just 48 yards.
Army was able to win its second straight 2-0 start under head coach Jeff Monken. Most credit the win to a fake punt by Junior Nick Schrage. “If the Red Sea parts, I can go for it,” Schrage said. He chose the run option as opposed to punting from Army’s 42 on fourth and seven. Picking up 15 yards, it immediately sparked a surge. “It’s not ideal,” Schrage said, “we will punt it there and make sure they don’t get the return.”
The Black Knights will get their first road test of the season when they head to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 16 to square off against No. 2 Ohio State at 4:30 p.m Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw says the team will be ready. “We may be taking on the number two team in the country, but we will have the same preparation that we’ve had for every other game.” Bradshaw had another impressive game, rushing 25 times for 147 yards and one touchdown.