Tyrell Robinson sprinted out to Michie Stadium for the first time in a year.
Robinson was carrying Army’s Black Flag, which symbolizes toughness and camaraderie among others, and is voted on by his teammates.
The electric running back made a successful return Saturday from an ACL injury sustained at Wake Forest at Oct. 8, 2022. Robinson said he wished the game’s outcome was different as the Black Knights fell in the final minute.
Here’s the Good, Bad and Ugly from Army’s 27-24 loss:
Robinson’s return: Tyrell Robinson was one of the few bright spots and provided Army’s offense with a boost. He entered the game on the Black Knights’ second offensive play and gained 6 yards on a run. Robinson caught a 31-yard pass that could have been a touchdown if the timing was right. He did reach the end zone on a 10-yard run in the second half. With wide receiver Isaiah Alston out with an apparent ankle, more big plays from Robinson will be much needed
Mundell’s spark: Zach Mundell fielded the opening second-half kickoff and started slowly running left. Mundell accelerated and shrugged off a would-be tackle, shifting right. The sophomore quarterback turned slot receiver crossed midfield before getting tackle at Boston College’s 37. The 53-yard kickoff return was the first of Mundell’s career and the longest in Jeff Monken’s 10 seasons at Army.
Punting issues: Though wet, rainy conditions weren’t ideal, Cooper Allan’s short punts of 16 and 14 yards provided Boston College with better field position that the Eagles turned into two touchdowns. In fairness, the snap was high on Allan’s first punt (16 yards) in the first quarter. Jeff Monken said Army called for a rugby-style boot, sensing Boston College would go after Allan on his 14-yard punt in the fourth quarter. The punt block pressure wasn’t overwhelming and Allan could have probably punted normally.
Substitution issue costs Army: Boston College lined up from 4th-and-3 on Army’s 17, kept its offense on the field, let the play clock run down and called a timeout. The Eagles sent out their field goal unit. As Boston College was setting up to kick, a 12th Army player entered the field, forcing Monken to call a timeout. Boston College brought its offense back on the field, converted the fourth down and finished drive off with a touchdown. Essentially, the miscue cost at least four points or potentially seven points if Boston College would have missed the field goal.
Illegal forward pass: Just an unfortunate play. Michie Stadium was rocking when Hayden Reed raced down the sideline for a touchdown after he received the pitch or play from quarterback Bryson Daily. Daily appeared to have picked up the first down on 3rd-and-2 from midfield when he pitched it. During the postgame press conference, Daily said he was running a triple-option play and didn’t noticed that he was past the sticks.