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Army again won without completing a pass ... this time in double overtime

Our annual Black Knights box score gawking has commenced.

Army v Duke Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Perhaps no program in the country iterates like Army. They won a close game against Miami (Ohio), 31-30, with a dubious distinction.

That Army won without completing a pass is not new. This is starting to become a yearly occurrence. In the 2017 season, Army did it twice — once without completing a pass, and once without attempting a pass. Against the RedHawks, the Black Knights at least tried to pass (once in overtime and once in regulation). But winning without a completion in the extra session is taking things up a notch for the Army program.

Army’s two total attempts is now the third-fewest in a game during the Monken era. They’ve attempted only one pass on multiple occasions.

And Army coach Jeff Monken is making this a cottage industry.

the words “without completing a pass” that jogs the memory back to a fateful day in 2013 when Georgia Southern beat Florida. The Eagles marched into The Swamp with Monken as head coach and handed the Gators their first loss to an FCS team in school history (GSU would make the FBS leap the next season).

It’s almost like Army is balancing the cosmic offensive scales here too. Their season-opening loss to Duke featured 21 passing attempts, the joint-most of the Monken era. Clearly, Army needed to get back to non-throwing ways.

Army, Georgia Southern, and Navy are in a tussle for fewest passing attempts this season. Army entered Week 8 with 58 on the year ahead of Navy’s 60 in the race to the bottom of the stat chart. They both have to do much less passing to catch up with Georgia Southern, who had 48 heading into Week 8.

Keep on keeping on Army, continually proving that winning by land is far superior than doing so via air.