Armed Forces Bowl: Live Coverage and Analysis of Army vs. SMU
A tremendous Thursday afternoon to you and welcome to the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl from the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Gerald J. Ford Stadium here in Dallas, TX.
It's a cloudy day here in Dallas, but the temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees, so it's an absolutely perfect day for football.
The best thing about walking around the campus is seeing all the men and women in their uniforms from Army to Navy to the Marines. It's a sight to behold and one you don't get to see that often unless you're attending the Army-Navy game at the end of the season.
The SMU Mustangs are on the north end of the stadium in the uniforms they'll be wearing next season, which consists of black tops and white pants with white helmets, which might confuse a lot of people, seeing as black is nowhere in the school colors, but I digress.
To the south is Army in their white tops and gold pants with gold helmets.
Most would wonder how SMU got home-field advantage for a bowl game. Well, after TCU had one side of their stadium imploded to allow them to make some big upgrades, the game had to be moved, so this was the only logical place to move it.
Someone asked me why this didn't end up being at Cowboys Stadium. Well, let me put it this way. This game isn't big enough to get Jerry Jones' attention.
We're just 33 minutes to kickoff and I hope you'll hang around with me today as we break down the game between the SMU Mustangs and Army Black Knights.
This should be a great game between these two teams.
What a game here in Dallas as the Army Black Knights win the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl 16-14 over SMU in front of what looked to be a sold out crowd.
SMU tried to rally late in the game but just couldn't get it done. A great effort for them after a lackluster effort in the first half.
What a sight to behold on the field right now. On the north side of the field, the SMU players lined up for the playing of their alma mater song while the entire Army team lined up behind them.
After that was over, Army went to celebrate with their fans and in a classy move SMU lined up behind them to watch.
Exactly how this game should end. A very classy move by both teams.
We're done here in Dallas. Again the final score from the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, the Army Black Knights emerged victorious, 16-14 over the SMU Mustangs.
For those of us that were sitting in the press box, we knew that a 45-yard field goal was going to be tough enough for the SMU kicker. But doing so into a 25 mile per hour wind right in his face made it that much tougher.
Well, as you might imagine, the kick died on him and Army will get the ball back on their own 30-yard line with just over four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
That could have been the Mustangs last chance.
SMU looks like a much different team than they did through the entire first half.
Quarterback Kyle Padron, after throwing two picks in the first half, hasn't been intercepted once in the second half and throws his second touchdown pass of the day. He hooked up with wide receiver Darrius Johnson from 28 yards out to put SMU within two points of Army, 16-14.
We have a ballgame ladies and gentlemen.
Scoring driving for the Mustangs spanned 10 plays, 74 yards and took five and a half minutes.
We have one quarter left to play here at the Armed Forces Bowl and the Army Black Knights will have a fourth-and-two decision to make when the teams come back out on the field.
SMU's defense has played a lot better than they did the entire first half and they have locked Army down to a scoreless second half.
This is going to be a telling quarter for both teams. If Army can put another score on the board it will more than likely put this game away for good. If SMU can put another score in, they will need at least another field goal for the win.
Defense is going to be the name of the game when this fourth quarter gets underway.
The SMU Mustangs finally get on the board with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Padron. That play gets them back into a ballgame they looked so far out of when the game went into the half.
The scoring drive for SMU went 13 plays, 92 yards and took six minutes even.
With 2:56 left to play in the third quarter we have a ballgame here in Dallas, TX. Army still leads 16-7.
That drive was exactly that SMU needed to get the momentum back that they continued to give up through the entire first half.
Padron was sharp with his passes, the offensive line was giving him time to throw, they were mixing up plays and pushing the running backs deeper into the Army secondary.
Impressive finally for the Mustangs and gives their fans something to cheer about.
Something SMU couldn't do was give quarterback Kyle Padron time to throw. Seems they've fixed that problem because Padron has all sorts of time to find his receivers.
He's doing a much better job scanning the field and finding the open guys. He was rushing throws and forcing passes that weren't there.
So far, I've seen a lot better decisions from him as the leader of the offense than what I saw during the first half but give his offensive line a lot of credit for playing much better.
We're underway in the second half of the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl here on campus at SMU.
Army has had their first possession that ended in a punt, finally, and SMU will take over but they will do so from inside their own five yard line.
On the punt, it hit an SMU player in the back of the legs but the Mustangs were still able to recover it somehow. That could have been disastrous for a team that can ill afford to make any more mistakes.
With just under nine minutes to play in the third quarter, Army still leads SMU 16-0.
We're here at halftime here at Gerald J.Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU where the Army Black Knights lead the SMU Mustangs, 16-0.
SMU has three turnovers in just one half of play including a fumble that was returned 55-yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game.
Kyle Padron has been picked twice on balls he never should have thrown including telegraphing one of them horribly.
Still, this is a fun venue for a game and definitely worth being here. If you haven't gone to this kind of bowl game before make sure that you get to this kind of game in the future. I promise you it's worth it.
Army gets another score on the board, this time a short field goal to extend their lead over SMU to 16-0 with just under three minutes to go in the half.
SMU has a lot to talk about in the locker room because they can't put anything sufficient together to be able to do anything.
They've gotten close to the end zone on two seperate occasions but both ended in turnovers (1 fumble, 1 interception).
Kyle Padron has been picked twice and fumbled once so really he's been responsible for all three SMU turnovers. Army is having their way offensively right now and has been able to move the ball at will.
The way this game is going right now all Army would have to do is put one more touchdown on the board and their defense will be able to hold off any SMU rally.
The Mustang offense can't move the ball and I haven't decided whether it's quarterback Kyle Padron's fault or if they just can't get the right plays to do anything.
Army's defense has been solid all game long. They've come up with three turnovers but luckily for SMU have turned just one of them into points.
This game should be a blowout right now but the Mustangs keep hanging around.
With just over six minutes to go in the half, Army leads 13-0.
SMU quarterback Kyle Padron is not having the kind of day he was hoping to have. He threw his second interception of the day on another poorly thrown ball.
Not sure if the wind had something to do with it but it was overthrown to an Army safety playing center field. Army gets the ball back deep in SMU territory and could essentially put this game away with the way the Mustangs are playing.
It's the third turnover for SMU on the day
At the end of one quarter the Army Black Knights lead the SMU Mustangs, 13-0 in a game that really isn't as close as the score.
Army leads the time of possession battle as well as the turnover battle. Army has the fumble return for a touchdown then used a missed SMU field goal to drive down the field for another score.
SMU just has not gotten into this game at al which is surprising seeing as it's at their home stadium in front of what looks to be most of their home fans.
They look rusty, sloppy, and just making bad decisions so far. Maybe the end of the first quarter will signal a change for the Mustangs.
SMU was in the middle of what looked like another promising drive but just like the last time, a bad play kills them yet again.
Mustangs' quarterback Kyle Padron throws a pass that was well read by the Army defense and was intercepted at the 23-yard line.
Momentum shifts again and again it's on Army's side. This was something SMU could absolutely not afford already down, 13-0.
The Black Knights will have it first and 10 with just under two minutes left to go in the second quarter.
Drive for Army goes eight plays and 80 yards capped off by a perfectly executed option play to the left for a touchdown. However the extra point was blocked so the lead is 13-0 for the Black Knights.
SMU needs to respond if they're going to stay in this game. Maybe that block on the extra point will give them a little bit of confidence to go out and get a score next time out.
They need to fix their offensive line to give Kyle Padron a little bit of time to throw.
Other than that, the only problem Army is giving them is on the option. The Mustangs are just not able to stop it right now.
Well, the momentum that SMU was hoping to build with that fake punt is all but gone after driving down the field and missing a very easy 30-yard field goal.
Army will get the ball back on their own 20-yard line still leading, 7-0.
That miss could come back to haunt the Mustangs because the way Army is playing right now, they are going to need every point they can get.
SMU quarterback Kyle Padron isn't playing that bad but his offensive line isn't giving him a lot of time to throw. From the moment he takes the snap, the Army defensive lineman are pushing their way through and are forcing Padron out of the pocket.
He's made a few good decisions but he can't be on the run all day today or they'll be in trouble.