DALLAS (FWAA) – The Army West Point
Black Knights shut out rival Navy for the first time since
1969 in a rare home game during the vaunted series and took their
eighth win of the season with a 15-0 win. The Black Knights held
Midshipmen to just 117 yards of total offense and held the ball
for 35:16 and have earned the Reveal Suits National Team
of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Dec. 12,
as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
This is the second time for Army (8-2) to earn the Team of the
Week honor, the other coming in 2004. All Division I FBS and FCS
schools are eligible to be selected. This is the 19th season for
the FWAA to award a Team of the Week and this is the final selection
of the 2020 season.
The game at historic and on this day foggy Michie Stadium marked
the first time since 1943 that the Army-Navy Game was played on
campus. A crowd of 12,722 fans – 8,800 of them from the Corps of
Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen – watched as Army's defense
led the way to a fourth win in its last five games against Navy
and its ninth straight home win.
Army's defense yielded only 108 rushing yards and nine through
the air, 52 of which came on a first-quarter run to the Black Knights'
2-yard line. Army held there on four downs to set the tone, and
the defense even got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter
when linebacker Daryan McDonald tackled Navy's Mark Walker for a
14-yard loss in the end zone to score a safety and a 12-0 lead.
Navy gained only two first downs in the second half. Fellow linebackers
Amadeo West and Arik Smith led the Black Knights with nine tackles
each, both career highs.
Quarterback Tyhier Tyler accounted for 124 of the Black Knights'
134 total yards, running 96 yards on 26 keepers and passing for
Army wraps up its regular season Saturday hosting Air Force at
3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network in a game that will determine the
Commander In Chief Trophy winner. Army, which last won the CIC in
2017 and '18, is 7-0 at home this season and 23-2 at Michie Stadium
since the start of the 2017 season. Air Force has won 14 of its
last 18 and is 14-11 all-time playing at Army.
The Black Knights have already accepted a bid to the Radiance
Technologies Independence Bowl, their fourth bowl game in five seasons.
Army has won its last three bowl games in that span.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Dec. 12 are:
• LSU (4-5): Cade York's 57-yard field goal
with 23 seconds left gave the Tigers a 37-34 win at Florida,
finishing the last of six lead changes and a combined 1,000
yards of offense underneath the fog at The Swamp. LSU's defense
started the night with a goal-line stand, forced three first-half
turnovers including a touchdown, and Max Johnson threw for 239
yards and three touchdowns in the win.
• North Carolina (8-3): Running backs Michael
Carter and Javonte Williams set an NCAA record by combining
for 544 yards as UNC ran all over Miami on the road, 62-26.
Carter ran for 308 yards and two TD's with Williams adding 236
yards and three TD's, the first since 2016 and the first time
in ACC history for two teammates to both surpass 200 yards.
It also broke a NCAA record only two weeks old for combined
rushing yards, topping Buffalo's Jaret Patterson (409) and Kevin
Marks (97) from a win on Nov. 30. UNC's 778 total yards were
a school record and the most ever given up by Miami.
• San Jose State (6-0): The Spartans qualified
for their conference championship game for the first time with
a 30-20 win over Nevada. A 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown
by Shamar Garrett on the second half kickoff started the rally
from a 13-point deficit, another bright spot in San Jose State's
first winning season since 2012 and its seventh consecutive
win dating back to last season. Nick Starkel threw for 306 yards
and a pair of TD's.
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Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,200 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson