Bucknell @ ARMY Game Notes
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Michie Stadium, US Military Academy at West Point
The Bucknell Bison received the opening kickoff, but Army junior linebacker Andre Carter, II spoiled their opening possession by picking off freshman quarterback Ethan Grady near midfield and returned it 17 yards. That turned into a quick touchdown as senior Christian Anderson took it in from 5 yards out to grab the early lead.
The Army drive went 31 yards on 3 plays, 1:08
Army 7, Bucknell 0
Carter shined again on the next Bucknell possession with and 11-yard sack that helped force a 3-and-out. Then, Army sophomore Tyrell Robinson went 55-yards on the punt return to set the Black Knights up in great field position. Jakobi Buchannan scored the second touchdown of the day on a 6-yard run.
The drive went 12 yards on 3 plays, 1:28
Army 14, Bucknell 0
After an Army punt, the Bucknell offense seemed to find a rhythm as Grady completed two consecutive passes of more than 10 yards each. But the Army defense forced a fumble and recovered the ball with 3:05 in 1st qtr.
Tyhier Tyler made his first appearance of the game at quarterback for Army and led the Black Knights on their third touchdown drive of the quarter. Tyler finished it himself with a 16-yard scamper for the touchdown.
The drive went 61 yards on 5 plays, 2:50
Army 21, Bucknell 0
Robinson delivered his second impressive punt return of the day, a 26-yarder to set up the Army offense at the Bucknell 32 yard line.
Anderson, back at quarterback, sought out sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Alston for a touchdown pass in the end zone, but it was broken up by what turned out to be a pass interference penalty on the Bucknell defensive back. Anderson was hit hard on the pass attempt and left the game.
Three plays later sophomore running back Anthony Adkins rushed in from 4 yards out for another Army touchdown.
The drive went 32 yards on 3 play, 1:24
Army 28, Bucknell 0
The Army defense forced Bucknell to turn the ball over on downs and the offense quickly scored another touchdown. Quarterback Jabari Laws entered the game as the third Army QB. He hit his favorite receiver, Allston, for a 30-yard reception to reach the 4 yard line. Sophomore running back Tyson Riley then got into the action and took the remaining 4 yards for a touchdown. Riley was the fifth different player to rush for a TD for Army in the game. Back-up kicker Quinn Maretzki hit the PAT.
The drive went 45 yards on 4 plays, 1:55
Army 35, Bucknell 0
The Army defense continued to play just as well as the offense and forced another punt by Bucknell. Laws connected with sophomore running back Ay'Jaun Marshall for a 22-yard passing touchdown. It was the sixth touchdown of the game for Army, and the first via the pass.
The drive went 67 yards on 7 plays, 3:25
Army 42, Bucknell 0
A severe thunderstorm struck the West Point area during halftime and the start of the second half was delayed for over an hour due to lightning.
Army grabbed the 2nd half opening kickoff and put together a classic Army football, ground-pounding, clock-eating drive. Sophomore Cade Ballard entered at quarterback and he, Riley, senior Wilson Catoe, senior Markens Pierre and freshman Laquan Veney all registered rushing yards for the Black Knights on the drive, which was capped off by a 4-yard Pierre touchdown run. Pierre became the seventh different Army player to score a touchdown in the game.
The drive went 80 yards on 15 plays, 8:05
Army 49, Bucknell 0
Bucknell finally put together a scoring drive in their first possession of the 2nd half, as Ethan Grady was hitting completions to move the chains for Bucknell. Army senior defensive back Tavores Pearson was flagged for a targeting penalty and was ejected from the game. The penalty also gifted Bucknell an additional 15 yards. Jared Cooper found a lane and scampered into the endzone from the 19 and got Bucknell on the board.
The drive went 65 yards on 6 plays, 2:55
Army 49, Bucknell 7
On the ensuing kickoff, Army freshman returner Laquan Veney fumbled and possession was recovered by Bucknell. The Black Knight defense held, but Bucknell put another 3 points on the board, courtesy of kicker Ryan Schatzel.
The drive went 2 yards on 4 plays, 0:59
Army 49, Bucknell 10
Army answered right back with another 8-minute drive, capped off with another rushing TD, this one from sophomore running back Shacori Williams from the 1.
The drive went 97 yards (all rushing) on 15 plays, 8:11
Army 56, Bucknell 10
With the clock ticking down in the 4th quarter, both teams began to play reserves. With possession again, Army junior quarterbacks Jemel Jones and Maurice Bellan saw time on the drive. Jones became the 8th Army rusher to record a touchdown on the day with a 6-yard run into the endzone. Freshman kicker Trey Gronotte hit the PAT.
The drive went 65 yards on 7 plays, 3:51
Army 63, Bucknell 10
FINAL SCORE: Army 63, Bucknell 10
Tyson Riley: 10 rushes, 70 yards, 1 TD
Christian Anderson: 4 rushes, 43 yards, 1 TD
Cade Ballard: 7 rushes, 40 yards, 0 TDs
Jemel Jones: 3 rushes, 37 yards, 1 TD
Tyhier Tyler: 4 rushes, 32 yards, 1 TD
Marken Pierre: 3 rushes, 28 yards, 1 TD
Tyrell Robinson: 2 rushes, 25 yards, 0 TDs
Wilson Catoe: 6 rushes, 23 yards, 0 TDs
Jakobi Buchannan: 3 rushes, 23 yards, 1 TD
Shacori Williams: 6 rushes, 18 yards, 1 TD
Anthony Adkins: 3 rushes, 10 yards, 1 TD
ARMY TOTAL RUSHING: 61 rushes, 428 yards, 8 TDs
Jared Cooper: 10 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD
Rushawn Baker: 8 rushes, 27 yards, 0 TDs
BUCKNELL TOTAL RUSHING: 20 rushes, 39 yards, 1 TD
Jabari Laws: 3 attempts, 3 completions, 58 yards, 0 INTs
Ethan Grady: 31 attempts, 16 completions, 136 yards, 1 INT
Isaiah Alston: 1 reception, 30 yards, 0 TDs
Ay'Jaun Marshall: 1 reception, 22 yards, 1 TD
ARMY TOTAL RECEIVING: 3 receptions, 58 yards, 1 TD
Adam Barakat: 4 receptions, 44 yards, 0 TDs
Christian Spugnardi: 5 receptions, 30 yards, 0 TDs
BUCKNELL TOTAL RECEIVING: 16 receptions, 136 yards
Jabari Moore: 3 total tackles
Andre Carter: 3 tackles, 1 sack (11 yards), 1 INT (17 yard return)
Cole Mabry: 1 tackle, 1 sack (10 yards)
Alex Smith, Jr.: 8 tackles
No sacks by Bucknell, No INTs