This one wasn't perfect—far from it in fact. But the result was equally gratifying: Army-37, Louisiana-Monroe-7.
In all, given the serious doubts about whether there would be a football season and—if so—what kind of season it would it be, the first two Saturdays inside Michie Stadium, were just about everything Coach Jeff Monken and his players could have hoped for when they first ran onto Earl Blaik Field eight days ago.
But, before sundown Saturday, the first black cloud of the season showed up when news broke that this coming Saturday's game against Brigham Young has been postponed because the Cougars have had, "a small number of positive tests within the BYU program," for Covid-19.
What happens next is anybody's guess. Both teams have an open date on November 28th. Army has another open date on October 31st and scheduling guru Bob Beretta has had potential replacement opponents in his pocket all summer case something like this happened. Most schools are staying flexible. When Memphis informed Houston on Friday that it wouldn't be able to play this coming Friday night, Houston instantly added Baylor—which had an open date—as a replacement. Welcome to college football 2020.
Meanwhile, Army's first two games could have been better—although it is difficult to see exactly how that would be the case. After the 42-0 rout of Middle Tennessee State, Monken said he and the staff found, "about 100 mistakes," when watching the game tape. They must have been looking VERY closely to find those errors. The ease of that victory was a surprise. The Blue Raiders have been a solid program for a long time and they came to town with a returning quarterback—Asher O'Hara—who had produced more than 3,600 yards in total offense in 2019.
The Black Knights defense was so good it drove O'Hara to the bench in the third quarter while forcing four turnovers. The offense was equally good, scoring five touchdowns on the five drives in which the clock didn't run out. All of which led to concern about Saturday's game for one very good reason: trap game. Read more.