Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces bowl in final second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley threw a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.

After the Tigers took a 22-21 touchdown lead with 1:11 left, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army (9-4) to the Missouri 24-yard line, setting up the winner of Talley’s match.

Talley, who went to high school about 60 miles east of Fort Worth in Rockwall, Texas, said he was thinking of the Army football fraternity when he stepped out for the kickoff. final foot.

“I would do anything for them, and they would do anything for me,” said Talley, who missed his only two previous attempts this season beyond 40 yards – including a 43-yard try on first. quarter.

“We trust Cole,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “What a great way for the team to end the season and these seniors to end their careers.”

One of those seniors was Laws, who was the Black Knights’ starting quarterback in 2019 before a knee injury ruled him out. He didn’t play at all last season following a second operation.

“I feel like I’m in a movie right now,” said Laws, who went 2 out of 4 on the last disc.

Army backup quarterback Tyhier Tyler came on after starter Christian Anderson injured his ankle late in the third quarter and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Walters to give the Black Knights their first lead, 21-16. Anderson and JaKobi Buchanan scored on TD runs of 22 and 10 yards, respectively, for Army.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brady Cook threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Keke Chism with 71 seconds left to put the Tigers ahead (6-7), but his two-point conversion pass was sailed over the head of an open Dawson Downing in the end zone. Cook also ran for 30 yards on his first college start.

“I did some good things,” Cook said. “I missed the pitch when it mattered most.”

Missouri played without second-team All-America running back Tyler Badie, who was retained by coach Eliah Drinkwitz ahead of the NFL Draft. Starting quarterback Connor Bazelak was sidelined with a leg injury.

Cook completed 27 of 34 passes for 238 yards and rushed for 53 more.

Buchanan led Army in rushing with 68 yards on 21 carries. Elijah Young was the Tigers’ leading running back with 75 yards on 13 carries.

In the second half, Missouri was stopped on tries at Army 43 and lost a fumble by Downing to Army 48.

“Obviously in the second half the turnover was huge,” Drinkwitz said. “Disappointed for our team, especially our seniors. Just a hard way to lose the game.

TAKE AWAY

Missouri: The Tigers were hampered by a shorthanded secondary that then lost several players in the first half. Army threw a pass in the first half, good for 42 yards, and was 5 for 8 in the second half for 53 yards. The Black Knights entered 128th out of 130 FBS teams, averaging 94.8 yards per game.

Army: The Black Knights snapped a seven-game losing streak against Power Five teams with their first win since 2017. There were a few close calls during the streak, including against Oklahoma (28-21) and Michigan (24-21).

FIVE-TOOL PLAYER?

Army senior linebacker Arik Smith was selected the game’s most valuable player with 12 tackles, 2½ for the loss and two sacks. Monken was impressed with Smith’s maturity as a rookie, learning during a house call that Smith had finished the family basement.

“Plumbing. Electrical. Finishing the job. All of it,” Monken recalled. “I mean, who does that?”

FOLLOWING

Missouri: After the Tigers open at Middle Tennessee State next season, they will host former conference rival Kansas State. The season finale against Arkansas will also take place at Faurot Field.

Army: The Black Knights won’t face any Power Five teams next season for the first time since 2004 (apart from the reworked 2020 schedule). The first two matches will be against Group of Five heavyweights Coastal Carolina and UTSA, with the Army-Navy matchup returning to Philadelphia.

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