ARLINGTON, TX – Army and Air Force met for the second consecutive year in the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Last year, Army defeated Air Force in overtime 21-14 in the first installment of the Commanders’ Classic Game. Today, Air Force defeated Army 13-7. With Air Force’s win, they have won the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 2016.
Army’s offense was held to 145 total yards and only converted 4-14 on third downs on the day.
Army’s defense held on the first possession of the game forcing an Air Force Punt. The drive was highlighted by a pass breakup by Marquel Broughton, who also had a tackle for a loss of six on the drive.
On Army’s second drive of the game, they faced a fourth-and-one from their own 37-yard line in which they went for. RB Jakobi Buchanan was stopped on the play and Air Force took over with good field position. Army’s defense held again as Air Force drove down to the Army 18-yard-line where LB Jimmy Ciarlo stopped Air Force RB DeAndre Hughes on third-and-seven for a loss of two to force a field goal attempt. Falcons’ kicker Carson Bay converted on a 35-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead towards the end of the first quarter.
Air Force’s offense marched into field goal range again early in the second quarter, but Army’s defense held Air Force to a 49-yard field goal attempt which was no good.
Army’s offense clicked striking on back-to-back big plays when QB Jemel Jones found WR Isaiah Alston for a gain of 24 and then Jones followed it up with a completion of 31 yards to RB Ay’Jaun Marshall down the right sideline to set Army up at the Air Force 10-yard line.
Jones capped off the drive with a three-yard TD run to give the Black Knights a 7-3 lead.
On the following Air Force drive, Army DB Marquel Broughton intercepted Falcons QB Haaziq Daniels, as Army carried a 7-3 lead into the half. It was Broughton’s second interception of the season. Army’s offense was paced by Jones who rushed 14 times for 41 yards and completed 3-6 passing for 65 yards, while adding a rushing TD in the first half.
Army’s defense held Air Force to 1-6 on third downs in the first half.
In the third quarter, Air Force marched inside the Army 20-yard-line behind a 27-yard pass from Daniels to WR David Cormier. Daniels would finish off a nine-play, 65-yard drive for Air Force, running it in from 17 yards out to give the Falcons a 10-7 lead with 9:32 to go in the quarter.
Air Force again marched 16 plays going 58 yards getting all the way down to the Army one-yard line before two false start penalties followed by back-to-back tackles for loss of three and two by LB Andre Carter to force an Air Force field goal to make the score 13-7 with 12:06 to play in the game and also prove to be the final score.
Air Force RB Brad Roberts paved the way offensively, totaling 135 yards on 33 carries. WR David Cormier hauled in four passes for 89 yards to lead all recievers in the game.
Falcons QB Haaziq Daniels finished 6-13 passing for 98 yards and an interception. He carried 14 times for 89 yards on the ground.
Jemel Jones led Army on the ground with 21 attempts for 37 yards and a TD. He completed 4-14 passes for 67 yards. WR Isaiah Alston caught two passes for 34 yards.
DB’s Marquel Broughton and Quindrelin Hammonds led the way defensively with 10 tackles each.