Army Black Knights vs UTSA Roadrunners Live
Records: UTSA (1-1), Army (1-1)
Game Time: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 14
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
TV: NFL Network
Radio: Ticket 760 AM
Live Stats: GoUTSA
Series Record: First meeting
Betting Line: Army -17, O/U 45
Army aims to next the step on offense
The Black Knights had the world’s attention last week as they took then-ranked #7 Michigan to the wire with a double-OT loss in the game’s largest stage. Army buzzed around the Wolverines’ heads all afternoon like a gnat, frustrating Michigan into several turnovers and botched plays that kept Army on top or tied with the Big Ten program up until the final score of the game.
Last week’s performance was a return to form for the Black Knights after a puzzling showing in week one. Missing fullback Connor Slomka, Army failed to break out against Rice, a team widely assumed to be among the worst in the nation. Army’s offense managed just two touchdowns against Rice in a 14-7 final, a far cry from the 70-14 beat down the Black Knights delivered in their last outing of 2018.
Army averaged 32.3 point per game in 2018 so it’s going to take another big showing against UTSA for the Black Knights to start inching back towards the offensive output Army showed last season.
Senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. leads the offense under center, crucially reading the offense both pre-snap and in motion to orchestrate Army’s flexbone attack. Hopkins Jr. is Army’s leading rusher on the season as he’s run for 121 yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback’s longest run this season is just a 12 yard keeper as running back Kell Walker and receiver Artice Hobbs have been the offense’s most explosive players.
You never expect an efficient passing game from a flexbone team, but Hopkins Jr. has really struggled with his accuracy this season. The senior has completed just five of his 12 passing attempts this year so expect UTSA to feel comfortable bringing their safeties right up to the line of scrimmage.