By Jim Benton for www.armedforcesbowl.clom
Dallas, Texas, December 30, 2010 - Army's wins and losses in recent seasons have many times been determined by the turnover margin. On Thursday before a Gerald J. Ford Stadium record crowd of 36,742, the Black Knights used three first half turnovers to provide the spark for a 16-14 triumph over SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The victory pushed Army's final record to 7-6, the first winning season in 14 years. SMU wound up with a 7-7 ledger. Both Army coach Rich Ellerson and SMU mentor June Jones admitted turnovers were the key to the game as the Black Knights jumped to a 16-0 first half lead.