Army Stuns Missouri in Final Seconds of Armed Forces Bowl

by Chase Thomas

Army pulled it off, Outsiders. Missouri, who came into the Armed Forces Bowl without their starting quarterback and superstar tailback, could not take care of the Black Knights. As Army walked away with a 24-22 victory over the Tigers thanks to a last-second field goal that stunned Missouri in the closing moments.

The victory for Army makes the Black Knights four-time champions of the Armed Forces Bowl. Cole Talley knocked home the game-winner for the Black Knights of Army. He told the Associated Press after the game, “I’d do anything for them, and they’d do anything for me.” It was the first time the kicker had nailed a kick beyond forty yards this season for Army.

It was a tough loss for Missouri and their seniors. As the team now finishes out at 6-7 on the year. Army improved to 9-4 on the year.

It was a tough loss for the tigers and their fans. A noted blog for the Mizzou Tigers, Rock M Nation of SB Nation, tweeted out following the game, “Missouri had no tight ends, no corners, down their two starting defensive tackles, no star running back, backup quarterback…and still almost beat a much better team in a fun exhibition game. Keep building to ’22!”

This was a tough situation for Eli Drinkwitz and his team to find themselves in. Army is a tough team and their triple-option style is a pain for opposing defenses to deal with. With so many guys out for Missouri, Army was able to take advantage and win a great game against a solid Power 5 team without their starting quarterback and superstar running back Tyler Badie.

Army Holds On

Still, it was a valiant effort via the Army Black Knights in this football game. With Missouri up late the Black Knights could have folded. (However, they did benefit from the Mizzou QB just overshooting a wide-open wideout for a touchdown that would have sealed the game at the goal line.) Because of the style of play for Army, a normal two-minute drill is far more complicated. However, Army’s senior quarterback was not phased and proceeded to convert 2-of-4 passes through the air and get the Army Black Knights into position to kick the game-winning kick.

Coach Drinkwitz said after the game to the Associated Press, “Obviously in the second half the turnover was huge.” He continued, “Disappointed for our team, especially our seniors. Just a difficult way to lose the game.” It certainly was a tough way to lose the game. For Missouri and all of those seniors. However, they may have found something in their backup quarterback. He played exceptionally well given the circumstances he found himself in. Either way, a memorable game won by Army.