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[2022] Independents Report - Disney Bowl Recap

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Disney Bowl: Black is better than Scarlet!


The 6-6 Army Black Knights came in as 1.5 point underdogs and disposed of the 6-6 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 20-13.  With Rutgers having so many close calls this season including a narrow 3 point loss at Michigan, they were the favorite and deservedly so.  But the Black Knights jumped out to a 10-3 lead at halftime and led 17-3 after 3 quarters.  It was the second lowest scoring output for the Scarlet Knights this season just surpassing the 9 points they scored at Illinois in week 8.


While neither quarterback was stellar, they were equally respectable.  Army freshman Vince Larue went 19 of 27 for 209 yards with Rutgers senior signal caller Blair Sullivan going 19 of 33 for 189 yards.  Both quarterbacks threw one touchdown and one interception.  The big difference was the running game though.  Senior running back Marcel Clinton came in averaging 88.9 rushing yards per game for the scarlet Knights but was bottled up all day finishing with 45 yards on 13 carries.  Meanwhile Army sophomore Nigel Royal came in averaging 74.3 yards per game and proved the more effective back with 102 yards on 22 carries.


Army's Nathaniel Woodson, the Independents Defensive Player of the Year, saw constant double teams but still managed a tackle, a tackle for loss, and a sack.  Independents defensive back of the year Micah Bowers tallied 3 tackles and his 7th interception of the season.  And freshman defensive end Louis Quintero made the most of the attention paid to Woodson by registering 5 tackles and a sack.  Senior outside linebacker Hunter Newby led the Scarlet Knights with an interception and a pass defense while defensive ends Kwon Durham and Joseph Mackey each tallied a sack.


This was probably the best defensive performance of the season for Army even though it was their fourth lowest point total allowed.  They shut out fellow Independents Liberty and New Mexico State and held UMass to a lone touchdown.  While Rutgers isn't an offensive juggernaut, they did manage to score 30 at Ohio State and 28 at Michigan.  Army finished the season at 7-6 and looks to build on the momentum of their 3rd consecutive bowl win.


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