The rivalry is years old, is attended by sitting Presidents, and is older than the Air Force itself. There's no way the Air Force will ever get as legendary a rivalry as the Army-Navy game.
Both offenses utilize the triple option, and both units are well-rounded and utilize multiple ball carriers to move the chains and put the ball in the end zone.
The top performers in the Army backfield are quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. Despite not playing against Miami Ohio two weeks ago, Hopkins leads the Knights with rushing yards and ranks second to Woolfolk with seven rushing touchdowns.
The junior has eclipsed yards rushing in three games this season, and though he was limited to 99 against San Jose State earlier this year, Hopkins set a career high with three scores against the Spartans.
Woolfolk has yet to post triple-digit rushing yardage this season, but the pound senior has four such games to his credit in his career.
He posted 98 rushing yards against Liberty and 96 versus Miami this season and scored twice in both games. The Falcons are also led by a dynamic quarterback-running back duo. Air Force QB Isaiah Sanders leads the team with six rushing touchdowns and carries despite splitting time with two others at the position earlier this year.
Overall, he has rushing yards, which ranks second on the squad. Cole Fagan leads the team with rushing yards, and the junior has scored four touchdowns this season.
Progress in the passing game Just as the Army and Air Force offenses rank near the top of the FBS leaderboard in rushing offense, the two units fall towards the bottom in passing.
Army ranks No. Nevertheless, both teams have made progress in The Black Knights threw for just yards all of last season and completed only two TD passes — both of which were the fewest in the nation by a wide margin.
Army has already doubled its passing total this season passing yards and has tripled its touchdowns 6. The element of surprise has also been very effective as the Black Knights rank third nationally in yards per pass attempt As a first-year starter, Hopkins has had a big impact.
Most recently, his 3-for-3 passing effort for 63 yards on a single drive in the second half against Eastern Michigan played a key role in the win. Sanders has completed of passes The Falcons have averaged Third-down conversions Option teams also generally post high conversion rates on third downs, though Army has been far better this season.
The Knights rank third in the country The Falcons rank a disappointing 84th overall in third-down conversion rate Army has also been decidedly better stopping its opponents on third down.
The Black Knights rank sixth in the country in opponent third-down conversion rate The Falcons have allowed opponents a That familiarity, as well as the fact that both defenses consistently face triple-option offenses in practice throughout the season, limits the schematic advantage its rival usually enjoys offensively.
The Falcons have a better passing attack, but Army has been more consistent overall, and the Black Knights are among the best in the nation limiting opponents' third-down conversions.
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