Nov 7, 2020; South Bend, Indiana, USA; An end zone pylon has the Notre Dame and ACC logos in at Notre Dame Stadium before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Clemson Tigers. Notre Dame is playing in the ACC in the 2020 season. Notre Dame defeated Clemson 47-40 in two overtimes. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Irish to mark 100th anniversary of Four Horsemen vs. Army

Notre Dame announced Wednesday the return of its Shamrock Series, this version to come against Army in New York in November that will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fabled Four Horsemen.

The game will be played Nov. 23 at Yankee Stadium.

It was Oct. 18, 1924, when Notre Dame upset Army 13-7 in a game that immortalized, thanks to Grantland Rice, the Irish backfield of Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.

The Shamrock Series began in 2009 at San Antonio when Notre Dame started to “take a home game on the road.” This will mark Notre Dame’s 12th Shamrock Series game. The Fighting Irish are 11-0 all-time in the series.

Army and Notre Dame will be meeting for the 52nd time overall. The Irish lead the series 39-8-4.

–Field Level Media

Dec 9, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Army Black Knights wide receiver Casey Reynolds (87) is chased by Navy Midshipmen safety Kush'i Abraham (35) during the first half of the Army-Navy Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Goal-line stand preserves Army’s 17-11 win over Navy

Bryson Daily passed for a touchdown, Kalib Fortner scored a key defensive TD and the defense had a decisive goal-line stand to help Army defeat Navy 17-11 on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.

Army (6-6), which topped Air Force earlier this season, secured its first Commander-in-Chief’s trophy since 2020 by defeating Navy (5-7).

A dramatic finish saw the Midshipmen drive to the Army 2-yard line before Dre Miller stopped Navy quarterback Tai Lavatai just short of the end zone on fourth-and-goal with three seconds left. Army took a safety on the final play of the game.

Navy outgained Army 309-259, but the Black Knights scored 14 points off two Midshipmen turnovers. With Navy driving and showing a spark under its reserve quarterback, Lavatai, Fortner strip-sacked Lavatai, grabbed the ball on one bounce and sprinted for a 44-yard touchdown to give Army a 17-3 lead with 4:49 to go.

That play helped offset Navy’s response on the ensuing possession — a 14-yard touchdown pass from Lavatai to Jayden Umbarger with 2:47 remaining. Navy’s two-point conversion attempt was no good.

Navy got the ball back without any timeouts and promptly moved downfield. Lavatai finished 16-of-26 through the air for 179 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 74 yards. Umbarger had six catches for 75 yards.

Army scored the first TD on a four-yard pass from Daily to Tyson Riley with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter.

Kanye Udoh rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries to lead the Army ground game. Daily added 84 yards on 27 carries and was 7-for-14 passing for 54 yards. Casey Reynolds was the Black Knights’ top receiver with three catches for 32 yards.

The Midshipmen averted potential disaster with 2:53 to play in the third quarter. Leading 10-0, Army seemingly recovered its own punt inside the Navy 10-yard line after the ball appeared to hit Navy returner Amin Hassan on the left cleat. However, a lengthy replay review upheld the initial ruling that the ball missed Hassan and the Black Knights Ay’Jaun Marshall downed it at the 11.

Navy took advantage, moving 70 yards on 12 plays to set up a 37-yard Nathan Kirkwood field goal with 12:45 to play in the game. After the Midshipmen attempted just five passes on their first six possessions, Lavatai was 4-for-6 for 36 yards through the air on the drive.

Xavier Arline threw an interception and gained just six yards on five carries before yielding to Lavatai.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Army Black Knights quarterback Bryson Daily (13) carries for a 63 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Army forces 6 turnovers to clobber No. 25 Air Force

Bryson Daily rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Army to a 23-3 upset victory against No. 25 Air Force on Saturday afternoon in Denver.

Air Force (8-1) had won 13 straight games dating to last season and was off to its best start since 1985.

Daily started at quarterback for the first time in three weeks and carried the ball 36 times. He attempted just nine passes, completing four for 40 yards.

Army (3-6) limited the Falcons to 259 total yards, forced six turnovers and stopped them on downs three other times in its first win against an AP-ranked team since 1972.

Air Force quarterback Zac Larrier completed 9 of 22 passes for 93 yards, with two interceptions and two lost fumbles for his first turnovers of the season.

Daily faked a handoff on the opening drive of the game and sprinted untouched through the middle of the defense for a 62-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Air Force went for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 34 on its first drive and was stopped short, leading to a 45-yard field goal by Quinn Maretzki to extend the lead to 10-0.

Larrier then committed his first turnover when he fumbled while preparing to throw and the ball was recovered by the Black Knights at the Air Force 45.

Army then used 11 plays to work its way down the field, and Daily capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 17-0 with 1:53 still left in the opening quarter.

The mistakes continued for the Falcons as they lost another fumble on the second play of the ensuing drive and Army recovered at the Air Force 40.

That led to a 40-yard field goal by Maretzki for a 20-0 lead with 13:14 left in the first half, Army’s first 20-point lead against an AP-ranked opponent since 1958.

The Falcons finally put together a lengthy drive but had to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Matthew Dapore that cut the lead to 20-3 with 2:31 left in the half.

Larrier was intercepted late in the first half for the team’s third turnover and Maretzki followed with his third field goal, a 38-yarder as time expired to extend the lead to 23-3.

Air Force drove to the Army 5 late in the third quarter, but Dapore missed a 32-yard field goal.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Army Black Knights line up for the alma mater after a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Army to join AAC as football-only member in 2024

The American Athletic Conference voted to add Army as a football-only member starting in 2024, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The Black Knights would keep the AAC’s football membership at 14 by replacing SMU, which is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.

Navy has a similar arrangement with the AAC, with both service academies competing in the Patriot League for all sports besides football.

As far as the annual Army-Navy game, ESPN reported that the Black Knights and Midshipmen will not face off in the AAC regular season and that the rivalry will continue as a non-conference contest.

Should Army and Navy finish the regular season in the top two spots in the conference standings, they would meet in back-to-back weeks — first for the AAC championship and then in the rivalry match, ESPN reported.

Army will also maintain its traditional early November matchup with Air Force, per the report.

Army has competed primarily as an independent since 1891, other than a seven-season stretch with Conference USA from 1998-2004.

Longtime head coach Jeff Monken’s Black Knights are 2-5 this season heading into Saturday’s game against UMass (1-7) in West Point, N.Y.

–Field Level Media

Tigers Quarterback Jayden Daniels 5 throws a pass as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

No. 19 LSU not peeking past Army ahead of bye week

LSU is nearing its open date, and a Southeastern Conference West showdown against Alabama looms on the first Saturday in November.

But first the No. 19 Tigers (5-2) have a nonconference game against Army (2-4) on Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU coach Brian Kelly is focused on keeping his players focused on the task at hand.

“It’ll be important for our guys to think about what’s important right now,” Kelly said. “The bye week’s not important right now. We need to focus on Army. This week we need to focus on our development and our process. If we focus on anything else, we’ll get beat.”

The Tigers, who were ranked No. 5 in the AP preseason poll, lost to Florida State (45-24) in the season opener and to Ole Miss (55-49) three weeks ago. But they have shown improvement the last two weeks, going on the road to hand Missouri its only loss of the season with a 49-39 win before routing Auburn 48-18 at home last Saturday in what Kelly called “a complete game.”

“We were tackling much better,” Kelly said. “The little things we’re looking for we’re starting to see. (But) this is not a team that can play with the dimmer. We’re either on or off so we need to be on. If we’re locked in and doing our thing the right way, we’re going to have a good Saturday.”

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels went 20-for-27 for 325 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 93 yards against Auburn.

The LSU defense has played much better the last six quarters after giving up 706 yards against Ole Miss and 25 first-half points against Missouri.

“We’re playing more consistent defense,” Kelly said. “It’s not just one. It’s 11 guys knowing their roles. When the structure of the defense is in place and everybody knows their role within the defense, you start to get complementary defense.”

The defense will face a Black Knights offense that is struggling. Army has scored a total of just 40 points during a three-game losing streak, the most recent setback coming 19-0 at the hands of visiting Troy last Saturday.

The Black Knights totaled just 255 yards, including 78 passing. They converted 2 of 13 third downs and 1 of 5 fourth downs, lost three fumbles, and gave up six sacks.

“We’ve got to find an identity on offense and we’ve got to score more points,” Army coach Jeff Monken said.

The Black Knights have turned the ball over 13 times this season, among the worst totals in FBS, but Monken said the offense isn’t the only area in need of improvement.

“We’ve got to improve in every phase,” Monken said. “Just because we’re stalling on offense a little bit doesn’t make it a rule that the other team has to hit a big play and score themselves. We’ve got to play a team game.”

Monken called the Tigers “a blue blood” of college football.

“They are tremendously talented and it will take a monumental effort for us to challenge these guys and have an opportunity to be in the football game,” he said.

Army’s leading passer and rusher, Bryson Daily, suffered a leg injury against Troy but Monken said he is hopeful Daily will play against LSU. Champ Harris is the Black Knights’ No. 2 quarterback.

–Field Level Media

Army Football's head coach, Jeff Monken, during a press conference following Wednesday's practice on August 2, 2023.

Report: Army extending Jeff Monken through 2027

Army is extending football coach Jeff Monken through 2027 at a salary of more than $2 million per season, ESPN reported Monday.

The Black Knights have compiled a 66-50 record, including a 2-1 start this season, since Monken took over ahead of the 2014 season.

Monken has guided Army to five bowl games, winning four of them. His teams cracked the Associated Press Top 25 during the 2018 and 2020 seasons.

His teams have also won five of the last seven meetings against Navy.

Army won 37-29 at UTSA on Friday night and will be back in action Saturday at Syracuse.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken celebrates after a 20-17 win against the Navy Midshipmen in double overtime of the 123rd Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA Today Sports

Report: Army, AAC have preliminary membership talk

Officials with the American Athletic Conference have discussed the possibility of Army joining the conference, with the military academy the AAC’s top choice for expansion, ESPN reported Saturday.

The AAC is interested in adding a 14th member after SMU announced Friday it was departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ESPN report said that if Army joins the AAC, it would be as a football-only school. Navy already has that arrangement with the conference.

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco has had a preliminary discussion about the possibility of membership with Army athletic director Mike Buddie, per the report, but a decision is not expected in the coming days.

In the shifting college football landscape, the ACC added SMU, Cal and Stanford on Friday. The latter two are departing the decimated Pac-12, a historic conference that is likely to disband after eight schools recently announced they are switching leagues in 2024.

Southern California and UCLA announced their moves to the Big Ten, effective in 2024, last summer. Oregon State and Washington State are the only remaining conference members, and it is believed they are candidates to move to the Mountain West Conference.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Army Black Knights outside linebacker Andre Carter II (34) reacts after a play against the Navy Midshipmen during the first half of the 123rd Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA Today Sports

Bill provision paves draft route for Army LB Andre Carter II

Army linebacker Andre Carter II and other pro prospects at service academies are on the verge of being eligible for the NFL draft.

Players at Army, Navy and Air Force would be clear to enter the 2023 NFL Draft under the provision to a recently passed congressional bill filed Tuesday. The provision affords deferred service for players pursuing professional sports opportunities.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Carter had 15.5 sacks last season and three in 2022. He is the son of former No. 7 overall pick Andre Carter, who attended Cal and played defensive end in the NFL for 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2001-05), Washington Commanders (2006-10), New England Patriots (2011, 2013), then-Oakland Raiders (2012) before shifting to a coaching career in 2015.

Carter II is considered a first-round pick, rated in the top 32 by The Athletic and No. 22 overall by ESPN in the ’23 draft class still taking shape nearly one month before the underclassman deadline to enter.

However, the provision is temporary, according to the language of the bill published on the Senate Appropriations Committee site Tuesday that says the modified bill “shall only apply with respect to a cadet or midshipman who first enrolls in the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, or the United States Air Force Academy on or after June 1, 2021.”

Carter II said he considered transferring before the 2022 season, but opted not to leave based in part on the Army and service academy policy permitting players to enter the NFL draft and defer service to post-career. The December passage of the original version of the bill would have eliminated Carter’s chance to enter the draft despite having a chance to be the first cadet drafted in the top 50 in more than 75 years. The modified version could reach the desk of President Joe Biden this week, CNN reported.

“We are grateful for the support, time and energy of the United States Military Academy leadership, the Long Gray Line, and so many others throughout the country who offered their expertise and influence to quickly reach a resolution,” Carter’s parents, Andre and Melissa, told ESPN.

Dec 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Army Black Knights quarterback Cade Ballard (18) carries the ball over Navy Midshipmen lineman Jacob Busic (95) during the first half of the 123rd Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA Today Sports

In 123rd meeting, Army edges Navy on field goal in second OT

Quinn Maretzki kicked a 39-yard field goal in the second overtime to give Army a 20-17 victory over Navy in the 123rd edition of the storied rivalry on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.

The game winner came after Army’s Austin Hill forced a fumble by Navy’s Anton Hall Jr. and Darius Richardson recovered for the Black Knights at the 1-yard line of the Midshipmen.

It was the fifth win in the last seven meetings in the series for Army (6-6) and came despite the Black Knights completing just 2 of 12 passes.

Navy (4-8) still leads the series 62-54-7. It was the first of the 123 games in the series to go to overtime.

Army struck first in the extra session as Markel Johnson bolted 25 yards on the opening play for a 17-10 lead.

But Navy countered immediately with its first completion of the game, a 25-yard touchdown pass from Xavier Arline to a wide-open Marquel Haywood.

Late in regulation, Navy appeared on the verge of closing out the game but a 15-yard pass interference penalty gave Army a first down at the Mids 28. Four plays later, Maretzki’s 37-yard field goal with 1:53 left sent it to overtime.

Both defenses were stout. Navy held Army to 153 yards and 10 first downs. Meanwhile, the Midshipmen managed to gain 284 yards and 11 first downs.

Army’s lone touchdown of regulation came at the end of the first half when Noah Short blocked a punt and Jabril Williams recovered in the back of the end zone for a 7-3 lead.

Navy regained the advantage in the third quarter, 10-7 as Hall, on his second carry of the game, blew the lid off the defensive standoff with a 77-yard touchdown run on a trap play.

In the first half, Navy dominated possession but the defense of Army stiffened when backed into its own territory. The Black Knights halted the first two Midshipmen possessions after Navy drove inside the Army 40.

The field position the Mids achieved finally paid off on their third possession, which didn’t produce a first down but did finish with a 44-yard field goal by Bijan Nichols.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons running back Christian Turner (0) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

No. 15 Wake Forest steamrolls Army on the ground

Four players scored touchdowns, including two by running back Christian Turner, as No. 15 Wake Forest handled visiting Army for a 45-10 nonconference victory Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman threw a touchdown pass to A.T. Perry as part of a 246-yard passing performance. He completed 13-of-19 passes.

Justice Ellison racked up 96 rushing yards on 11 carries for Wake Forest, including a 3-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

Quinton Cooley stretched Wake Forest’s lead to 21-0 by halftime with a 1-yard TD run on fourth down.

Hartman connected with Perry (five catches, 118 yards) on a 26-yard play for the first points of the second half. Turner’s 4-yard touchdown run gave Wake Forest a 35-0 lead.

Backup quarterback Mitch Griffis threw for 13 yards to Wesley Grimes for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Wake Forest (5-1) has won two straight since a double-overtime loss to Clemson.

The Demon Deacons compiled four touchdown drives of 75 or more yards. Yet it was a far cry from the offensive onslaught when the teams met last year, with Wake Forest prevailing for a 70-56 road victory.

Army (1-4), which scored all of its points in the fourth quarter, racked up 407 yards of offense. The Black Knights’ leading rusher was running back Ay’Juan Marshall with 44 yards on three carries.

Wake Forest went 91 yards for the game’s first points after an Army fumble. Turner scored on a 1-yard run.

Army had three players with at least three passing completions. Jemel Jones (team-high 100 passing yards) threw a 20-yard touchdown to Isaiah Alston for the team’s first points.

–Field Level Media