|Date of game: 9/6/2014
Recap: Army vs. Buffalo
West Point, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Army Black Knights compiled 341 yards on the ground as they held on to defeat the Buffalo Bulls, 47-39, at Michie Stadium.
Angel Santiago threw connected on 6-of-6 passing and rushed for 37 yards and one touchdown for the Black Knights (1-0). Terry Baggett chipped in with 78 yards rushing and one touchdown, but Larry Dixon was the real star for Army, tallying 174 yards and two scores on 20 carries.
Joe Licata had a stellar day as he threw for 396 yards and five touchdowns on 34-of-49 passing for Buffalo (1-1). Marcus McGill had 123 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. He was one of 11 players to have at least one catch for the Bulls.
Buffalo started the scoring when Patrick Clarke kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Bulls 3-0 lead.
With 4:20 left in the first quarter Army took a 7-3 lead when Dixon ran into the end zone from 23 yards out.
Army struck again and extended the lead to 14-3 after a four-yard touchdown run from Tony Giovannelli.
Rushing touchdowns of six yards and 45-yards by Raymond Maples and Dixon, respectively, staked Army to a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter.
A 20-yard touchdown pass from Licata to Devon Hughes stopped the momentum for Army temporarily.
Army struck right back with the ground game, with Terry Baggett scoring on a 41-yard touchdown run. However, the extra point was blocked, putting Army's lead at 34-10.
Licata continued to air out the ball, connecting with McGill for a 65-yard touchdown that cut the deficit to 34-17.
Army answered back with a four-yard touchdown run from Santiago. Unfortunately, the extra point was blocked yet again.
Matt Giachinta capped off a quick 33-yard drive off with a four-yard touchdown run to give Army a commanding 47-17 lead.
Buffalo began a comeback attempt from there, with Licata throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Devin Campbell.
Buffalo scored again after recovering the on-side kick, when McGill scored on a three-yard reception from Licata.
After Buffalo recovered a fumble, Licata finished off an eight-play 67-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Campbell. The Bulls went for two and converted, cutting the deficit to 47-39. However, they only picked up seven yards on their next drive, which was their last one of the game.
The win was the first for Army under first-year head coach Jeff Monken.Game Notes