On the Road to the LMAFB - Week Three
Tickets for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl are on now on sale online and through the LMAFB office in Fort Worth. Click here for more information. Tickets are priced from $30 to $150. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will also have tickets available for Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel to receive free admittance while supplies are available beginning on Oct. 15.
This season’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The 12th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 11:00 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and will be televised by ESPN and aired on the Armed Forces Bowl Radio Network.
This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is contracted to feature a team from the American Athletic Conference to play against the U.S. Military Academy (Army), pending bowl eligibility. The Big 12 is the secondary conference aligned with the LMAFB for the 12th anniversary.
The annual game, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Service Academy football teams. The U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012), the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013) have all previously participated in the bowl. In 2010, Army defeated SMU, 16-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Army Black Knights (1-0) travel to meet nationally-ranked Stanford (1-1) on Saturday
The Jeff Monken era of Army football is underway and the team has started one of the most-anticipated seasons in recent memory on the banks of the Hudson River. Monken started his Army career last Saturday by defeating the University at Buffalo, 47-39 at 38,000-seat Michie Stadium, the historic home of the Black Knights. Army roared to a 47-17 lead and held off a late charge by the Bulls.
This week, Army heads west to challenge nationally-ranked Stanford on its home turn in Stanford, Calif.
Army is once again running the triple-option offense under Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis. The base defense is a 3-4 under defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. Army has 18 players on its roster from Texas.
Army started the year with 341 net yards on 54 carries and seven rushing touchdowns during its impressive win over Buffalo. Army was third in the nation in 2013 in average rushing yardage at 309.8 yards per game and led the nation in 2011 (346.5 ypg) and 2012 (369.83 ypg).
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MONKEN REPORT: 39-16
Jeff Monken, 47, is in his first season at the helm of Army after becoming the 37th head coach in the storied history of the Black Knights in December of 2013. With a 1-0 record at Army, Monken spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Georgia Southern after learning the triple-option offense under one of the nation’s premier option proponents, Paul Johnson. Monken had been an assistant coach to Johnson at Navy (2002-2007) and Georgia Tech (2008, 2009). While at Georgia Southern, Monken recorded a 38-16 mark. Monken’s first head coaching job came after accumulating 20 years of experience as an assistant. Monken is now 5-0 in season openers in his head coaching career.
BLACK KNIGHTS vs. THE CARDINAL
Saturday will be the 12th meeting between Army (1-0) and Stanford (1-1) when the teams meet in Stanford, Calif. Last season, Stanford defeated the Black Knights 34-20 in West Point. Last Saturday Army overpowered the University at Buffalo 47-39 in the Army season and home opener in front of 28,643 at iconic Mitchie Stadium. Stanford lost to visiting USC 13-10 this past Saturday. Stanford leads the series history with Army 6-5, including a 3-2 mark at home.
The Army vs. Stanford matchup is scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) on the natural grass of 50,360-seat Stanford Stadium in Northern California. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network and broadcast on the Army Sports Radio Network as well as Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 108) and XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 201).
BLACK KNIGHTS COUNTDOWN TO COWTOWN
Record: 1-0 Home: 0-0 • Away: 0-0 • Neutral: 0-0
Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History
Sept. 6 W No. 1 Buffalo W, 47-39 CBS Sports Network 28,643, Series tied, 2-2
Sept. 13 at Stanford 5 p.m. Pac 12 Network Stanford leads, 6-5
Sept. 20 at Wake Forest 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 Wake Forest leads, 9-4
Sept. 27 at Yale 1 p.m. TBA Yale leads, 21-16-8
Oct. 4 Ball State 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Ball State leads, 3-2
Oct. 11 Rice 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Rice leads, 2-1-1
Oct. 18 at Kent State 3:30 p.m. TBA Army leads, 2-1
Nov. 1 Air Force 12 p.m. CBS Network Air Force leads, 33-14-1
Nov. 8 Connecticut+ 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network Connecticut leads, 4-1
Nov. 15 at Western Kentucky 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network W. Kentucky leads, 1-0
Nov. 22 Fordham 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network Army leads, 3-0
Dec. 13 Navy++ 3 p.m. CBS Network Navy leads, 58-49-7
+Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.) ++M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, Md.) All Times Eastern
- Helping Army launch its 2014 triple-option ground attack last Saturday was senior running back Larry Dixon, Bremerton, Wash., with a sterling effort of 174 net yards on 20 carries including touchdown runs of 23 yards and 45 yards for his eighth career 100-yard rushing game. Fellow senior running back Terry Baggett, Chicago, contributed 74 net yards on six carries including a touchdown run of 45 yards as the Black Knights marched forward as a team with 341 net yards.
- Starting his senior season on solid footing, quarterback Angel Santiago, Fontana, Calif., opened the 2014 campaign by directing the offense by completing all six of his pass attempts for 96 yards and rushing 12 times for an additional 29 yards and one touchdown.
- Helping lead the Black Knights defensive unit were a trio of sophomores – Jeremy Timpf, Josh Jenkins and Andrew King. Linebacker Timpf, Tucson, Ariz., had 11 total tackles including nine solo and one tackle-for-a-loss. Defensive back Jenkins, Pittsburg, Calif. recorded seven solo tackles, had two pass interceptions and one pass break-up while linebacker Andrew King, Queens Village, N.Y., had seven total tackles, including six solo along with one pass break-up. Last season as a freshman, Jenkins intercepted two passes, made 34 tackles, broke up a team-best six passes and forced and recovered a fumble.
- Defensively in the NCAA stats, Timpf is third nationally in solo tackles with his 9.0 average. Jenkins is tied for first in interceptions (2.0), second in passes defended (3.0) and 20th in solo tackles (7.0). Offensively, Dixon is fifth in rushing average (174.0), 51st in rushing yards (174), 59th in points responsible for (12) and 13th in scoring (12.0 ppg).
- Statistically as a team, Army is tied for first nationally in passing efficiency (250.0) after the Black Knights went 7 for 7 in their opener and tied for first as well in fourth down conversions, a perfect 100% after going three for three against Buffalo. After gaining 341 net yards rushing against Buffalo, Army is eighth in the country in rushing average. And the Black Knights are tied for first in fourth down conversion percentage (100%, 3-3).
A major stepping stone this year on the road to Fort Worth, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies – Army, Navy and Air Force – and is named in honor of the President of the United States. Navy captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in 2013 with wins at Air Force (28-10) and over Army (34-7) in Philadelphia. This year’s schedule has Army hosting Air Force on Nov. 1 and Army plays Navy to conclude the regular season on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Navy will travel to Air Force on Oct. 4.
The award was started in 1972 and Army has won the trophy a total of six times, the most recent in 1996. Navy has won the trophy a total of 14 times since the award plus three retentions for a total of 17 times and Air Force has won it 18 times plus one retention for a total of 19 times. Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus, winning 21 of 23 (.913) meetings with Air Force and Army.
THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
11 schools battling for conference championship and spot in one of five NCAA Bowl games
The newest conference in collegiate athletics with roots in the old Big East Conference, the American Athletic Conference, headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, has 11 institutions in its 2014 football lineup and Navy is set to become the 12th football-playing member in 2015.
Started with eight schools last year, East Carolina (1-1, 0-0 in 2014), Tulane (0-2, 0-1) and Tulsa (1-1, 1-0) joined the league this year. The returning schools are UCF (0-1, 0-0), Cincinnati (0-0, 0-0), UConn (1-1, 0-0), Houston (1-1, 0-0), Memphis (1-1, 0-0), USF (1-1, 0-0), SMU (0-2, 0-0) and Temple (1-1, 0-0).
The AMERICAN GAME TIME, WEEK 3
Eight of the 11 American Athletic Conference teams are in action in the third week of the new-look college football season – both nationally and within The American.
- Thursday—Houston at BYU (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)
- Friday— Toledo at Cincinnati (ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET)
- Saturday— Boise State at UConn (ABC/ESPN2, Noon ET), UCF at Missouri (SEC Network, Noon ET), East Carolina at Virginia Tech (ESPN, Noon ET), North Carolina State at USF (CBS Sports Network, 3:30 p.m. ET), Tulsa at Florida Atlantic (FCS Network, 7 p.m. ET), Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane (ESPN3, 8 p.m. ET).
- Open Week— Temple, next game, Saturday, Sept. 20 vs. Delaware State (ESPN3, 1 p.m. ET); Memphis, next game, Saturday, Sept. 20 vs. Middle Tennessee, SMU, next game, Saturday, Sept. 20 vs. Texas A&M.
The AMERICAN ASTOUNDERS
- East Carolina senior wide receiver Justin Hardy, Vanceboro, N.C., had 11 catches for 133 yards as the Pirates fell at No. 21 South Carolina, 33-23. Hardy needs 65 receptions to set the NCAA career mark of 349, held since 2011 by Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles.
- Memphis senior linebacker Tank Jakes, Phenix City, Ala., led Memphis with 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops during the 42-35 loo at No. 11 UCLA. He also had two sacks, four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and one pass break-up.
- Memphis sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch, Deltona, Fla., was selected The American offensive player of the week for his play during a 42-35 road loss at UCLA. He completed 27 or 41 passes for a career-high 305 yards and one touchdown as well as rushing for 27 net yards including a first-half touchdown run.
- Defensive player of the week for the conference is USF’s sophomore linebacker Nigel Harris, Tampa, Fla., who shined in a game his team lost to Maryland, 24-17. Harris had nine total tackles including eight solo tackles to go with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack against the Terrapins. His is 12th nationally in solo tackles with 7.5 per game.
- UConn senior wide receiver Deshon Foxx, Lynchburg, Va., was selected the conference special teams player of the week with 91 all-purpose yards including a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown that proved to be the deciding points in UConn’s 19-16 win against Stony Brook.
- UConn head coach Bob Diaco earned his first career head coaching victory with the Huskies’ 19-16 win against Stony Brook.
- Temple sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker completed 29 of 49 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries to finish with 311 yards in total offense in a 31-24 loss to Navy.
- Houston junior running back Kenneth Farrow, of Houston, rushed for a career-high 130 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries, averaging 10.0 yards per carry during the Cougar’s 47-0 shutout victory against Grambling State.
- Houston registered its second shutout win in its last four games, dating to last season, with a 47-0 decision against Grambling State. Houston RB Kenneth Farrow rushed for a career-high 130 yards on 13 carries.
IT’S A DATE
This will be the first time the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played after the start of the New Year. In its first 11 years, the event has been held on Dec. 23 (2003-2006), Dec. 29 (2012), Dec. 30 (2010-2011, 2013) and Dec. 31 (2007-2009).
In last year’s game, Navy broke open a close contest with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat Middle Tennessee State, 24-6 to cap an eventful 9-4 season for the Midshipmen in front of an announced crowd of 39,246 and a national TV audience on ESPN.
ARMED FORCES SALUTE
Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the annual Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT AWARD
Admiral William H. McRaven was named the 2013 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl’s Great American Patriot Award recipient. The award is presented annually by Armed Forces Insurance, the sponsor of the award, and official insurance partner of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at halftime of each year’s game. Admiral McRaven joined an elite list of previous Great American Patriot Award recipients, including Medal of Honor Recipient Salvatore Giunta, Admiral Thad Allen, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, and 2012 award recipient General Norton A. Schwartz among others.
ARMED FORCES MERIT AWARD
Brandon McCoy, a senior defensive end at North Texas in 2013, was selected the second recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He received the award on November 11, 2013 during a Veteran's Day media conference at the school's football stadium where the executive directors of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and FWAA were on hand to present the award. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.” The inaugural award in 2012 went to Nate Boyer of the University of Texas.