Football wins over Georgia Southern in comeback fashion

November 27th, 2020 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
Sophomore quarterback Tyhier Tyler made his first collegiate start and led Army West Point in rushing yards with 121 and completed his only pass for 25 yards to junior wide receiver Chris Cameron during the Black Knights 28-27 win over Georgia Southern Saturday at Michie Stadium.                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by danny Wild/USA Today Sports

By Rachel Caton
Army Athletic Communications

Army West Point completed an incredible come-from-behind victory to defeat visiting Georgia Southern, 28-27, to remain unbeaten at home Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights went down 14-0 early in the first quarter as Georgia Southern took advantage of some early Army miscues.
However, the Black Knights battled back, capping off a 15-play, 75-yard, eight-minute drive with a one yard touchdown rush by senior running back Sandon McCoy. The extra point by feshman kicker Quinn Maretzki made it a 14-7 contest.
The back-and-forth battle ensued, as Georgia Southern pulled out to a 21-7 lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Shai Werts to Cam Brown with 9:24 left in the half.
Three fumbles lost in the first half played a big part in the 21-7 deficit at the half for the Black Knights as they outgained the Eagles 147 total yards to 137 yards in the half, including 122 rushing yards to Georgia Southern’s 96.
The Black Knights came back out of the half on a mission and scored back-to-back touchdowns to eclipse the 14-point deficit.
First, sophomore running back Braheam Murphy had a 12-yard rushing touchdown to cap off an 11-play, 52-yard drive to pull within seven, 21-14.
Then, sophomore linebacker Fabrice Voyne blocked a Georgia Southern punt, which was recovered and returned by junior linebacker Kemonte Yow 15 yards to the Georgia Southern two-yard line. All it took was McCoy one play to rush two yards for his second score of the day, and the extra point by Maretzki made it a 21-21 game.
The back-and-forth ball game continued, as Georgia Southern a 39-yard touchdown pass from Werts to Logan Wright put them up, 27-21.
The extra point attempt by Alex Raynor was blocked by sophomore linebacker Andre Carter, the second blocked kick of the day.
The Black Knights went on an 18 play, 71-yard drive that ate up 10 minutes and 50 seconds and scored on a two-yard rush by sophomore running back Jakobi Buchanan, tying the game up 27-27. Maretzki connected on the key extra point to give Army a 28-27 lead with 8:16 left in the game.
The defense then came up big with huge stops down the stretch. On the ensuing drive, the defense was stout on a fourth and two attempt from the Army 45, with seniors linebacker Jon Rhattigan and defensive back Jahvari Bourdeau halting Logan Wright’s rush attempt a yard shy of the first down and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.
Then with 2:20 left in the game, the Eagles got the ball back and on the second play of the drive, Carter made an outstanding diving interception on a pass attempt by Georgia Southern backup quarterback Justin Tomlin to seemingly seal the game for the Black Knights.
Georgia Southern got the ball back one more time, however, with 39 seconds left and got down to the Army 30 yard line before juniors defensive lineman Nolan Cockrill and linebacker Arik Smith combined for a sack and then time ran out on the next play to finish off the 28-27 come-from-behind victory for the Black Knights.

Game notes
• Army is now 7-2 on season and 6-0 at home.
• The Black Knights are now 22-2 at Michie Stadium dating back to the start of the 2017 season. The Cadets currently own an eight-game win-streak on their home turf.
• This was the first time in over 16 years that Army overcame a 14-point deficit to win a game. The last time was on Oct. 16, 2004, at USF, which Army won 42-35.
• Sophomore quarterback Tyhier Tyler became the fourth player to earn a start at quarterback for the Black Knights this season, marking the first time in program history that the Cadets have had four different starters at quarterback in a season.
• The last time an Army game was decided by one-point in normal regulation was the 2017 Army-Navy game, which Army won 14-13. The Cadets topped Miami (Ohio) 31-30 in 2018, but the game was decided in double overtime.
• So far on the season the Black Knights have had 24 first-time starters, the most in the nation.
• Army had six tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Black Knights are now up to 57 TFLs on the season.
• The Cadets had two blocked kicks (1 punt, 1 PAT) on the day. They lead the nation with seven (3 punt, 2 FGA, 2 PAT) on the season.