Postgame Notes: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Armed Forces Bowl Notes
* Army recorded 161 rushing yards in the first quarter, breaking the previous bowl record of 158 set by Navy in 2013.
* The Black Knights set the bowl record for sacks in a game (10) and sack yards (71). The previous record was three sacks, last done by Navy in 2016 for a total of 24 yards.
* Army’s James Nachtigal totaled 3.5 sacks for a total of 27 yards, setting a bowl record for most sacks by an individual player (previously held by Kyle Van Noy of BYU in 2011). His 27 total sack yards also broke the record held by Phillip Hunt of Houston (14).
* Army Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. became the 17th 100-yard rusher in Armed Forces Bowl history on a 16-yard run with 1:19 remaining in the second quarter. He went on to finish the game with 170 total rushing yards and 70 passing yards.
* The Black Knights scored 42 points in the first half, topping Cal’s mark of 35 points scored in the first half of the 2015 matchup against Air Force.
* Army racked up 254 yards on the ground in the first half, passing Navy’s 241 yards (2009) for the most rushing yards in a half.
* Kelvin Hopkins Jr. passed Rashaad Penny for most rushing touchdowns scored in the Armed Forces Bowl with five. With his five touchdowns he also broke the Armed Forces Bowl record for individual points scored with 30.
* The Blacks Knights’ eight rushing touchdowns set a new bowl record for the most rushing scores by a team. They previously held the bowl record with five rushing touchdowns scored in last year’s Armed Forces Bowl.
* Army finished the game with 70 points scored, breaking the bowl record for most points scored set by California (55) in 2015. It also matched the all-time record for any bowl game.
* James Nachtigal (Army) set a bowl record forcing three fumbles.
* The Black Knights’ 507 total rushing yards set a new Armed Forces Bowl record, passing their mark of 440 yards in last year’s game against San Diego State. They also set the bowl’s record for total offense with 592 yards, topping the mark of 586 set by California in 2015.
* Army converted all seven of their third down plays. They were 7-7 (1.000) on third down, the highest conversion rate in the Armed Forces Bowl.
* The Black Knights were 8-of-9 (.889) inside the red zone, passing Louisiana Tech (7-of-8) for the best red zone conversion percentage in Armed Forces Bowl history.
* 70 points ties the record for most points scored by a team in FBS bowl game history.
* Army’s 56-point win set the record for the largest margin of victory in Armed Forces Bowl history, it is also tied for the largest ever in an FBS bowl game.
* The Black Knights’ offense averaged 9.5 yards per play, topping San Diego State’s mark of 9.0 yards per play from last year’s Armed Forces Bowl.
* This year’s Armed Forces Bowl set a new attendance record with 44,738 fans.
* With a 70-14 victory, Army became the Armed Forces Bowl’s first three-time champion, previously winning the bowl in 2010 and 2017. They are now 3-0 in the Armed Forces Bowl. In addition, Independent teams remain undefeated (5-0) in the bowl game.
* In the last five Armed Forces Bowl matchups a total of 414 combined points have been scored averaging out to 41.4 points per team.