LMAFB: Postgame Notes

15th Annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

San Diego State vs. Army

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Postgame Notes

**Army wins the LMAFB for the second time, 36-35.  The victory gave the Black Knights 10 wins in a season for just the second time in program history (1996).

**The 2017 LMAFB Champion Starr MVP is Army QB Ahmad Bradshaw (32 attempts, 180 rushing yards, two touchdowns).

**The 2017 LMAFB Runner-Up Starr MVP is San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (14 attempts, 221 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns)

**The 81-yard rushing touchdown by San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny on the game’s opening drive was the longest rush and longest TD in LMAFB history.  The previous record was 75 by Boise State’s David Mikell vs. TCU in the inaugural 2003 LMAFB.

**Army came into the game leading the nation in rushing yards at 355.8.1 yards per game and gained 440 yards on 87 attempts (second-most attempts in school history). 

**San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny set new LMAFB records for rushing yards (177) and rushing touchdowns (3).  His three TD runs totaled 162 yards.

**San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny, who came in leading the country individually with 2,027 rushing yards, picked up 221 more on 14 attempts.  Penny finished the season with 2,248 rushing yards, the fifth highest total in FBS history.  He started today at No. 24 on NCAA and finished at No. 5.  Here is a look at the 19 players Penny passed today:

D'Onta Foreman, Texas ............. 2,028 yards (2016)

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin ............... 2,034 yards (1999)

Tevin Coleman, Indiana .............. 2,036 yards (2014)

Charles White, USC .................... 2,050 yards (1979)

Rashaan Salaam, Colo ............... 2,055 (1994)

Damien Anderson, N'western ...... 2,063 yards (2000)

Lorenzo White, Mich State .......... 2,066 yards (1985)

Donald Brown, UConn ................  2,083 (2008)

Larry Johnson, Penn State .........  2,087 (2002)

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin ................  2,109 (1996)

Ricky Williams, Texas ..................  2,124 (1998)

Matt Forte, Tulane .......................  2,127 (2007)

Donnell Pumphrey, SD State .......  2,133 (2016)

Mike Rozier, Nebraska .................  2,148 (1983)

Tony Dorsett, Pitt ..........................  2,150 (1976)

LaDanian Tomlinson, TCU ............  2,158 (2000)

Andre Williams, Boston College ....  2,177 (2013)

Tory Davis, Iowa State ..................   2,185 (1996)

Derrick Henry, Alabama .................  2,219 (2015)

The list includes SEVEN Heisman Trophy winners: Dayne, White, Salaam, Williams, Rozier, Dorsett, Henry.

**San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny became the fourth player in FBS history to run for at least 200 yards in five straight games.  He tied USC’s Marcus Allen, Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders and North Texas’ Jamario Thomas for that NCAA record.

**The 221 yards by SDSU’s Rashaad Penny and 180 yards by Army’s Ahmad Bradshaw are the top two rushing performances in any 2017 bowl game.

**Army and San Diego State set a LMAFB record for combined rushing yards with 569.  The previous record was 514, set in 2007 by Air Force and California.

**Army tied the all-time bowl record for rushing attempts with 87, matching Oklahoma vs. Auburn in the 1972 Sugar Bowl.

**Army tied the all-time bowl record for first downs by rushing with 30, matching Baylor vs. North Carolina in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl.

**San Diego State set a new bowl record for fewest offensive plays with 31.  The previous record was 35 by Tennessee vs. Texas in the 1953 Cotton Bowl.

**The 31 combined pass yards by the two schools (25 by San Diego State and 6 by Army) is the fourth-lowest total in FBS bowl history.

**Army set a new all-time FBS single-game record for time of possession at 46:00.  The previous record was 45:14, set by Air Force vs. Georgia State in 2016.

**Army opened the third quarter with a 20-play, 47-yard drive that took 11:19.  That set LMAFB records for longest drive in terms of plays and time. 

**Army produced 31 first downs in the game, while San Diego State ran 31 plays.

**Today's attendance of 35,986 marked the second-largest of the 2017 postseason thus far. The only larger crowd was the Las Vegas Bowl (36,432 for Boise State-Oregon)

**This was the second straight year that the LMAFB was decided in the final seconds.  Army scored a TD and converted a two-point conversion with 18 seconds left for the winning margin.  Last year, Louisiana Tech defeated Navy, 48-45, on a walk-off field goal as time expired.

**Army has now bowl games in three different stadiums in the Metroplex over the last eight years: the LMAFB at Amon G. Carter Stadium today, the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium last year and the LMAFB at Gerald J. Ford Stadium (SMU) in 2010.  The Black Knights are

**TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon attended Saturday's LMAFB while wearing a gold Army polo short and a black Army ball cap. His late sister, Maggie, coached the Army women's team in the 2005-06 season.  She passed away in 2006 at age 28.

All-Time FBS Records Set


Time of Possession – 46:00, Army vs. San Diego State, 2017        


2017 LMAFB Bowl Records Set


Most Rushing Yards – 221, Rashaad Penny (14 attempts), SDSU vs. Army, 2017

Most Rushing TDs – 4, Rashaad Penny, SDSU vs. Army, 2017

Longest rush – 81, Rashaad Penny, SDSU vs. Army, 2017

Longest TD rush – 81, Rashaad Penny, SDSU vs. Army, 2017



Most Combined Rushing Yards (Two Teams) – 695, Army (440) vs. San Diego State (255), 2017

Most Rushing Yards (One Team) – 440, Army (87 attempts) vs. San Diego State (255), 2017

Most Rushing Attempts (One Team) – 87, Army (440 yards) vs. San Diego State (255), 2017

Longest Drive (Plays) – 20, Army vs. San Diego State (47 yards), 2017     

Longest Drive (Time) – 11:14, Army vs. San Diego State (20 plays, 47 yards), 2017     

Time of Possession – 46:00, Army vs. San Diego State, 2017