Army was unfathomably impressive in its 2017 season opener. Not only did the Black Knights take care of business against Fordham, but the program absolutely bludgeoned its opponent to the tune of a 64-6 final score without throwing a single pass or attempting a single punt over 60 minutes of game action.
The team’s follow-up on Saturday against Buffalo wasn’t quite as impressive and, in fact, Army trailed in the second half despite being more than a two-touchdown favorite. However, the Black Knights took a lead in the fourth quarter and, with less than three minutes to go, looked to be punting the ball away to Buffalo for what could have been an attempt at a game-winning drive.
Then, they didn’t punt at all.
On 4th and 5 in its own territory, Army’s punter Nick Schrage elected to keep the ball and scamper to the outside. While the play call (or the decision in general) could have been fully disastrous, it worked to perfection and the conversion sealed the win for the Black Knights.
It remains up for debate as to whether this was the smartest idea, but it was executed quite well and Army was the beneficiary in snatching a second consecutive win to open the 2017 campaign.