Most Army fans — not to mention the players and coaches — are probably still in a deep funk after the Black Knights blew it in the final minute against Hawaii. In case you missed it, here are the horrible details: The Cadets rallied back from a 21-point deficit to take a lead in the third quarter. With the game tied, Army appeared to be driving towards at least a game-winning field goal attempt in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Then … the bottom dropped out. Fumble. 15-yard penalty. Long pass. Field goal. Game over.
Columnist and longtime service academy follower John Feinstein called the finish “brutal” and said “it just doesn’t get any worse.”
So here’s the good news: Army plays at home this week against North Texas, one of the weaker teams in Division I FBS. Here’s the better news: Army starting quarterback Trent Steelman, who hurt his non-throwing shoulder against Hawaii, is expected to start, according to the good folks at The Times Herald-Record. And here’s the unfortunate news that’s probably improves Army’s chances at victory, but is miserable for the person involved: North Texas starting quarterback Nathan Tune dislocated his hip in North Texas’ loss 32-31 loss to Rice, and is out indefinitely.