Jeff Monken’s Army Black Knights won their seventh consecutive game on Saturday, dealing a 28-14 defeat to FCS side Colgate.
The game was played in West Point at Michie Stadium, where the Black Knights have now won 13 straight. Army (9-2) was led once again by its running attack, as Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and Darnell Woolfolk combined for 179 yards and four touchdowns.
While Colgate (9-1) is an FCS side, they aren’t a cupcake. The Raiders were undefeated coming into their match-up with the Black Knights and had won 14 straight games dating back to last season. The Raiders were ranked No. 6 in the latest FCS poll.
Still, Army’s running attack was too much for Colgate to handle.
Colgate hadn’t allowed a score in the first quarter all season, but that streak ended when Hopkins capped off an eight-play, 51-yard drive with a three-yard run for a touchdown, his 10th rushing score of the season.
While Colgate played a physical game and lost by just two possession, the Raiders were kept off the scoreboard until the third quarter. Colgate’s Tyler Castillo scooped up a fumble by Hopkins and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. The fumble was caused by Alec Wisniewski, and although Hopkins took a serious hit from the defensive back who had 97 tackles last season, he was back on the field during the next play seemingly unshaken.
Hopkins led Army on two more scoring drives that collectively ate up about 14 minutes of clock.
Army opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by Woolfolk, who now has 14 rushing scores this season. Colgate quarterback James Holland Jr. returned to the field and made a 10-yard touchdown run, which would be the last points on the board for the Raiders. Woolfoolk sealed the Raiders fate with a three-yard dive for his third score of the game.
The Black Knights defense came up with a forced fumble, two tackles for losses and two pass deflections, but Colgate running back James Holland still had a big day, rushing for 166 yards on 18 carries.
While Colgate will prepare for the NCAA FCS playoffs, Army still has one more regular season game, it’s annual meeting with the Navy Midshipmen. The Black Knights will have two weeks without games before meeting the Mids in Philadelphia on Dec. 8.
With its victory today, Army moves to 9-2 going into the Navy game. This is the first time since 1945-46 the Black Knights have won nine games in back-to-back seasons. https://t.co/MMLkKhwKQ7— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 17, 2018