DENTON, TX – The Army West Point football team dropped a devastating 52-49 decision at North Texas here Saturday night in a high-scoring affair.
After a back-and-forth game that featured five different tie scores, the Mean Green booted a 39-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to stun the Black Knights.
Despite the outcome, Army compiled a season-high 561 total yards, with 534 of those coming from the ground game, also a season-best mark.
This was the first Army game since a 59-52 double-overtime victory over Louisville on Oct. 7, 1999, that saw more than 100 combined points between the two squads and the first time it happened in regulation since the Black Knights defeated Lafayette, 56-48, on Nov. 15, 1986.
The Black Knights went 8-of-11 on third downs and 1-of-2 on fourth-down conversions. North Texas finished at 7-of-11 and 2-of-2, respectively.
An individual highlight from the night was Ahmad Bradshaw eclipsing Collin Mooney for Army’s all-time single-season rushing title. The senior finished with 244 yards on the day and now holds the Academy record at 1,472. He has 2,764 career rushing yards and 24 career touchdowns to his name after two scores in the game.
Also finding the end zone was Darnell Woolfolk and Andy Davidson. Both registered two scores with Woolfolk compiling 120 yards on 18 carries and Davidson adding 72 yards on 11 rushes.
Bradshaw finished 1-of-3 passing on the night with his lone completion being a 27-yard connection to John Trainor on Army’s final scoring drive.
The game was tied at 7-7 after both team’s scored on their opening drives. The home team posted back-to-back touchdowns to break the game open at 21-7 with 14:45 remaining in the second period. Army responded with two touchdowns in between another North Texas score to make it a 28-20 Mean Green lead at the break.
The Black Knights came out of the gate after halftime and saw Fred Cooper Jr. tie the game up with a 17-yard rush. Unfortunately, the home team answered a little later in the third period to pull back in front, 35-28.
The fourth and final quarter saw five touchdowns and 38 points scored between the two teams. Woolfolk broke free early in that quarter to again knot the score at 35-all. The teams exchanged two touchdowns each over a 13-minute span to set up an exciting final 1:23. The Cadets had North Texas pinned twice on 3rd-and-5, but were unable to keep the Mean Green from picking up the first down. North Texas continued to slowly chip away at the yardage before they watched Trevor Moore hit the eventual game-winning field goal from 39-yards out with five seconds remaining to register the win.
The Black Knights now have some time off before facing archrival Navy in the team’s annual showdown on Dec. 9 in Philadelphia, Pa.