Senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins, Junior slotback Artice Hobbs, senior guard Jaxson Deaton, senior tackle Alex Herndon and junior center Peyton Reeder played all 64 offensive snaps in Army’s 14-7 win over Rice.
Hopkins led Army in rushing (80 yards) for the ninth time in his career.
It was tough sledding inside the tackles for Army. The Black Knights were held to three yards or less on 19 of 28 carries inside.
Army’s first pass was called on its 20th play. Mike Roberts was wide open short on an incomplete pass intended for Kjetil Cline.
Sophomore quarterback Jabari Laws made his college debut, lining up as a fullback. Laws rushed for 3 yards on his only snap.
Army brought in junior Luke McCleery as a sixth offensive linemen on seven plays.
The Black Knights took three snaps out of the shotgun and used an unbalanced line (3 or more lineman on one side) four times.
Rushing yards by quarter: First quarter – 31; Second quarter – 72; Third quarter – 47; Fourth quarter – 81.
Possessions: 10. Touchdowns – 2. Turnovers – 1 (fumble, Sandon McCoy). Punts – 4. Three-and-outs – 1. Drive of 7 or more plays – 2 (both TDs). Longest drive – 18 plays, 96 yards, 9:21, fourth quarter, TD
Third-down conversions: 9-of-15. Fourth-down conversions: 1-for-2
Time of Possession: 34 minutes, 51 seconds
Average starting field position: Army 16. Black Knights began four drives at or inside their own 6-yard line.
Rushing – Kelvin Hopkins 2 yards, second quarter (1st season, 18th career)Receiving: Kell Walker 17 yards, fourth quarter (1st of season, 2nd career, 10th career TD overall)
20+-yard plays: 1. Christian Hayes, reverse, 35 yards, second quarter
Negative-yardage plays (not including kneel downs): 4. Rushing – Kelvin Hopkins (3 yards, 2 yards); Sandon McCoy (3 yards); Malik Hancock (1 yard)
Triple-option distribution: Quarterback (Kelvin Hopkins) 21 carries, 80 yards, TD; Fullbacks (Sandon McCoy, Cade Barnard, Jabari Laws) 23 carries, 80 yards; Slotbacks (Kell Walker, Artice Hobbs, Malik Hancock) 9 carries, 39 yards
Penalties: 1. False start (Kell Walker)
Here’s a player breakdown of the 64 snaps (as charted off DVR, * – starter):
*LG Jaxson Deaton (64 snaps): 19th career start
*LT Alex Herndon (64 snaps): 1st career start
*SB Artice Hobbs (64 snaps): 4 carries, 15 yards, 1 catch, 19 yards, 2nd career start
*QB Kelvin Hopkins (64 snaps): 21 carries, 80 yards, TD, 3-for-8, 53 yards, TD, 13th career start
* C Peyton Reeder (64 snaps): 12th career start
*SB Kell Walker (61 snaps): 4 carries, 25 yards, 1 catch, 17 yards, TD, 27th career start
*RG Jack Sides (59 snaps): 2nd career start
*RT JB Hunter (58 snaps): 14th career start
*FB Sandon McCoy (52 snaps): 20 carries, 70 yards, 1st career start
*WR Cam Harrison (36 snaps): 15th career start
*WR Kjetil Cline (26 snaps): 9th career start
WR Mike Roberts (22 snaps)
TE Zach Saum (17 snaps)
WR Christian Hayes (16 snaps): 1 carry, 35 yards, 1 catch, 17 yards
RT Luke McCleery (13 snaps)
FB Cade Barnard (7 snaps): 2 carries, 7 yards
RG Dean Powell (5 snaps)
FB Rashaad Bolton (4 snaps)
SB Malik Hancock (3 snaps): 1 carry, – 1 yard
TE Jake Lauer (2 snaps)
QB-RB Jabari Laws (1 snap): 1 carry, 3 yards