Michigan was pushed to the limit Saturday, and Army head coach Jeff Monken had nothing but praise for his squad after the heartbreaking loss.
The Black Knights came into the game confidently and disciplined in their triple-option attack. Offensively, they kept Michigan off balance and tried to control the clock with the run-based look. Defensively, Army forced Michigan into three first-half turnovers.
Army had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but the long field goal try was off the mark. In the end, the Wolverines kicked a field goal in the second overtime period and came up with a turnover to end the game.
The Black Knights were understandably disappointed after going toe-to-toe all game long, but Monken highlighted the positives of his team’s effort. Monken said he was proud of the fight displayed, saying it was a good example of how the American soldier will fight when faced with an enemy.
Regardless of the outcome, you certainly have to respect how the Black Knights fought and carry themselves on the football field:
Jeff Monken’s postgame comments to Army radio following 24-21 2 OT loss to No. 7 Michigan pic.twitter.com/gQ4I3FzxfC
— Black Knight Nation (@BKKnightNation) September 7, 2019