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Offense breakdown: Western Kentucky

Photo by Edward Diller

Senior quarterback Christian Anderson and sophomore tackle Connor Finucane played 72 of the 73 offensive snaps in Army’s 38-35 win over Western Kentucky Saturday.

Anderson, who rushed for a career-high 119 yards, came out for one play when he lost his helmet in the first quarter. He threw a touchdown for the second straight game. The last Army quarterback to have touchdowns passes in three straight games is Kelvin Hopkins in 2018 (Buffalo, San Jose State, Eastern Michigan)

Senior guard Noah Knapp switched over to center for the final 31 plays after starter Connor Bishop was injured early in the third quarter. Senior guard Zack Ward played 49 snaps and had 12 knockdown blocks, according to offensive coordinator Brent Davis.

Sophomore fullback Anthony Adkins made his first career start.

Army operated out of the shotgun on six plays.

Slotbacks carried the ball 14 times, the most since Army’s 2020 opener against Middle Tennessee.

Stat of the week: Braheam Murphy has caught touchdown passes in back-to-back games. He is the first Army player to have TD catches in the first two games of the season since Joe Walker in 2015. The last Army player to have touchdown catches in three straight games period is Edgar Poe in 2015 (Tulane, Rutgers, Navy)

Rushing yards by quarter: First quarter – 58; Second quarter – 100; Third quarter – 104; Fourth quarter – 77

Possessions: 10. Touchdowns – 5.  Turnovers – 1. Punts – 0. Three-and-outs – 0. Drive of 7 or more plays – 6 (4 TDs, FG). Longest drive – 14 plays, 71 yards, 9:15, fourth quarter, TD

Third-down conversions: 9-of-13. Fourth-down conversions: 2-for-3

Time of Possession: 39 minutes, 38 seconds

Average starting field position (in regulation): Army 40. Best start: Western Kentucky 44.

Rushing – Tyrell Robinson, 24 yards, second quarter (1st career rushing TD); Jakobi Buchanan, 1 yard, second quarter (2nd of season, 8th career); Anthony Adkins, 3 yards, third quarter (1st of season, 6th career), Buchanan, 13 yards, fourth quarter (3rd of season, 9th career)

Passing – Braheam Murphy from Christian Anderson, 40 yards, second quarter (2nd career receiving TD, Anderson 2nd TD pass season, 4th career TD pass)

20+-yard plays: 3. Tyrell Robinson, 24 yards, run, second quarter; Braheam Murphy, 40 yards, catch, second quarter, Robinson, 25 yards, run, third quarter

Negative-yardage plays: 1. Passing – sack, 5 yards

Triple-option distribution: Quarterback (Christian Anderson) 22 carries, 119 yards; Fullbacks (Jakobi Buchanan, Anthony Adkins, Cade Barnard) 30 carries, 101 yards, 3 TD; Slotbacks (Tyrell Robinson, Brandon Walters, Braheam Murphy, A.J. Howard) 14 carries, 120 yards, TD

Penalties: 1. Holding (Boobie Law).

Here’s a player breakdown of the 73 snaps (as charted off DVR, * – starter):

*QB Christian Anderson (72 snaps, 22 carries, 119 yards, 5-of-6, 77 yards, TD, 7th career start)
*RT Connor Finucane (72 snaps, 3rd career start)
*LG-C Noah Knapp (69 snaps, 9th career start)
*RG Dean Powell (58 snaps, 6th career start)
*LT Boobie Law (56 snaps, 4th career start)
G Zack Ward (49 snaps, 12 knockdowns)
*SB Tyrell Robinson (43 snaps, 7 carries, 81 yards, TD, 1 catch, 5 yards, 8th career start)
*SB Brandon Walters (43 snaps, 3 carries, 27 yards, 1 catch, 17 yards, 12th career start,)
*C Connor Bishop (42 snaps, 12th career start)
*WR Cole Caterbone (36 snaps, 2 catches, 15 yards, 4th career start)
TE Josh Lingenfelter (36 snaps)
FB Cade Barnard (33 snaps, 4 carries, 11 yards)
FB Jakobi Buchanan (30 snaps, 18 carries, 61 yards, 2 TD)
SB Braheam Murphy (30 snaps, 1 carry, 4 yards, 1 catch, 40 yards, TD)
*TE Chris Cameron (29 snaps, 4th career start)
WR Reikan Donaldson (29 snaps)
SB A.J. Howard (28 snaps, 3 carries, 8 yards)
T Kam Holloway (18 snaps)
*FB Anthony Adkins (12 snaps, 8 carries, 30 yards, TD, 1st career start)
WR Mike Roberts (10 snaps)
WR Sean Eckert (4 snaps)
FB Wilson Catoe (2 snaps)
WR Brandon Jones (1 snap)
QB Jemel Jones (1 snap)

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