Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, fellow quarterback Chris Carter threw for two scores and Army beat Lafayette 62-7 on Saturday in West Point, New York, to bounce back from two straight narrow losses.
Against a Lafayette team facing its first FBS squad since a 41-14 loss in 1997, Army’s triple option returned to form after last week’s 13-6 loss at Duke, with a season-high 671 yards of offense, 379 in the first half.
The Black Knights’ rushing attack – which came in ranked No. 2 in the nation – was good for 537 yards as Army (4-2) racked up 31 first downs.
The Leopards, who never led, gained just 10 rushing yards on 17 carries and dropped to 1-18 all-time against Army. Coming off a 58-34 loss to Fordham in which it gave up 516 yards on the ground, Lafayette (1-6) had no answers in its first look at an option offense.
The Leopards had to punt on their first five possessions, and Army kept capitalizing with touchdowns thanks to strong blocking up front.
The Black Knights scored first when Bradshaw sprinted down the right sideline for a career-long 60-yard touchdown run. Soon after, Jordan Asberry ran it in off a pitch from the 20 to give Army a 14-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first.
Carter ran for a 19-yard touchdown of his own before Bradshaw found Jeff Ejekam inside the right edge of the end zone to put Army up 28-0 halfway through the second quarter. Perhaps the prettiest play was Carter’s 59-yard touchdown heave over the middle to Asberry on the first play of Army’s next series.
South Florida 42, UConn 27: Quinton Flowers passed for two touchdowns and ran for three more and the Bulls (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) had 316 yards rushing in its win over the Huskies (3-4, 1-3) in Tampa, Florida. Flowers had 213 yards passing and 157 yards rushing as USF scored at least 35 points for the 11th consecutive game, extending the program record. Marlon Mack added 107 yards rushing and a score on 16 carries and had six receptions for 75 yards.
New Mexico 45, Air Force 40: Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught a pass for another score, leading the Lobos (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) to a victory over the Falcons in Dallas. Playing at the historic Cotton Bowl not far from his Dallas high school, Gipson ran 60 yards down the sideline on an option pitch to give New Mexico, a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. New Mexico never trailed. Nate Romine threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for Air Force, which lost its second straight since a victory over service academy rival Navy.
Louisiana State 45, Southern Mississippi 10: Derrius Guice broke loose for touchdowns of 61 and 20 yards early in the third quarter, and the Tigers (4-2) use a slew of big plays in the second half to break open what had been an unexpectedly close game and defeat the Golden Eagles (4-3) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In the span of the third quarter, LSU turned a 10-all tie into a 38-10 lead. Guice finished with 162 yards on 16 carries in his third start this season in place of Leonard Fournette, who is recovering from a left ankle injury and has not played since LSU’s loss at Auburn on Sept. 24.
Tennessee-Martin 38, Murray State 31: Troy Cook hit Greg McKillion for a 75-yard touchdown pass with 9:56 left to lift the Skyhawks (4-3, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) to a victory over Murray State (1-5, 1-2) in Murray, Kentucky.
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