WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Army coach Rich Ellerson is between a rock and a had place — his Black Knights are 0-1 and now have to face a San Diego State team that seems to thrive in stopping the wishbone.
San Diego State humbled Navy 35-14 in the Poinsettia Bowl last December and routed Cal-Poly 49-21 last week in Rocky Long’s head coaching debut for the Aztecs, registering nine tackles for loss.
The first meeting between the teams might be one Army regrets, even in the friendly confines of Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights are coming off a disheartening loss at Northern Illinois. Army had 409 yards of total offense, 303 of it on the ground with 10 players having at least 20 yards rushing. They also had five offensive plays of at least 20 yards, and linebacker Steven Erzinger had the most tackles (21, including 3.5 for a loss) by any player in the nation during the first week of play.
But the final score? 49-26.