Army coach Rich Ellerson faced his alma mater Saturday at West Point when Hawaii, the school where Ellerson also got his coaching start, made the absurdly long trip for a 1 p.m. game at West Point. Ellerson saw his squad score four straight touchdowns to storm back from a 21-0 second quarter deficit, but unfortunately for Ellerson and the Black Knights, the Warriors tied the game up and then kicked the winning field goal with seven seconds left to play to win 31-28.
The last 30 seconds of this heartbreaker featured a fumble by backup quarterback Max Jenkins, a (questionable) late hit penalty on linebacker Steven Erzinger and a long pass down the sidelines to set up Hawaii’s game-winning 31-yard field goal.
Making things worse for Army: Sophomore quarterback Trent Steelman, who started every game for the Cadets last season, left the game in the second half with a shoulder injury.
The home loss leaves Army 1-1. On the bright side, Army’s offense has scored more points in each of its first two games than it did any game last year. But I’m sure nobody cares about the bright side after a loss like this.