Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Following bowl win, Army posts most ridiculous statistic of the 2017 season

Following bowl win, Army posts most ridiculous statistic of the 2017 season

Penny's the most exciting player in this game, and a battle with the No. 116 run defense in the country (per S&P+) could have some explosive results. Now in the spotlight, Penny has delivered on the ground and maintained his role as one of the most unsafe return specialists in all of college football. He presents a unique challenge for Army; the Black Knights haven't faced a back like him so far this season.

The 2017 Armed Forces Bowl between the Army Black Knights and San Diego State Aztecs was everything we could have asked for and then some. However, it is not often that you see a team have such success with so few passes in this era of football. On offense, this is one of the top non-service academy rushing teams in the nation, averaging 252.8 yards per game largely thanks to 5th place Heisman finalist Rashaad Penny. On defense, Army has benefited from its offense controlling the clock, allowing just 356 yards and 20.9 points per game.


San Diego State was forced to try and win the game on a series of cross-field laterals on the final play of scrimmage, but defensive back Elijah Riley picked off one of the throws and took it to the house to cap off a huge win. It's only loss by more than a touchdown came against Ohio State, who has far superior talent and resources.

Trend-wise, SDSU was 8-4 against the spread this year and Army was 6-6. The Aztecs, with seven starters each returning on offense and defense, will open at Stanford on September 1. The Black Knights will open at Duke on September 1. After the score, it was decision time for head coach Jeff Monken and the Black Knights. Bradshaw finished the season with 1,746. This was a smash-mouth, run-dominant affair by both teams.

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