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Don’t know how else to say it but Army’s offense hit rock bottom after getting shut out for the second straight game.

Sure, LSU was a step up in competition no doubt. But, the Black Knights’ lack of creating big plays continued as did the offense’s inability to reach the red zone.

Zero plays of 20 yards or more. Zero plays ran inside LSU’s 20-yard line. Army didn’t advance past the Tigers’ 28.

While, Army’s defense allowed seven plays of 23 yards or more, including four touchdowns to LSU, which entered the game leading the nation with 62 20 yards or more.

It all added up to a 62-0 loss Saturday night and Army’s largest margin of defeat since Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers and Nebraska rolled past Army 77-7 in 1972!

Champ Harris’ first start by an Army freshman quarterback since 2015 never really got a chance to get off the ground. Didn’t look like the Tiger Stadium atmosphere and 101,000 fans were too big for Harris. The offense just wasn’t efficient as it needed to be.

At one point, Army was 5-for-12 passing for 29 yards and two interceptions. Not exactly what was expected from the gun option. Army’s longest play was an 18-yard run by freshman Kanye Udoh. The Black Knights’ longest pass play was a 13-yard connection from Larry Robinson to Casey Reynolds.

Tyrell Robinson was held to 7 yards on 7 carries, mostly in between the tackles. Understand that LSU’s speed could prevent perimeter running. But, got to get T-Rob and Army’s other playmakers the ball in space some way.

Army’s three interceptions and lost fumble now give the Black Knights’ 17 turnovers, tied for second-high in the country.

Bright spot: Freshman running back Kanye Udoh joined elite company by rushing 108 yards. Udoh is the first plebe to gain 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games since Army’s all-time leading rusher Mike Mayweather in the final two games of the 1987 season. Udoh continues to impress with his ability to break tackles.

Probably the first and last time that Army plays LSU in Death Valley. Not much to get out of matchups like except for a payday.

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  1. Norm Remick

    October 23, 2023 at 3:03 PM

    Get back to what suits Army best — the triple option.

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