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San Diego State vs Army
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 23, 2017
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas



LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL STORYLINES

1. Fans of the ground game won't want to miss San Diego State's Rashaad Penny match up against Army's vaunted run attack at the Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas. Penny received five All-American awards after leading the country in rushing yards (2,027) and adding 19 touchdowns on the ground. The talented senior saved his best for last, stringing together four straight 200-yard rushing efforts while scoring nine touchdowns over that stretch.

2. The Black Knights are no slouches themselves when it comes to producing high-level rushing performances as their 355.8 rushing yards per game led the entire nation, and they joined Navy as the only FBS schools this season to surpass 4,000 total yards on the ground. Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was the most dangerous player for Army, rushing for 1,566 yards and 12 TDs. Eleven different Black Knights players had at least one rushing score this season.

3. Army comes into this one having played the role of cardiac kids a little too often for their own comfort in recent weeks, with five of their last six games decided by five or fewer points. And while the Black Knights are no worse for wear despite the spate of close games - going 4-1 in those contests - they were fortunate to escape with a 14-13 win against Navy in their annual December showdown to capture the Commander-in-Chief trophy for the first time in 1996.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: OFF

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (10-2, 6-2 Mountain West): One-sided home losses to Boise State and Fresno State left the Aztecs searching for answers - and boy, did they find them in short order. Behind a highly motivated Penny, San Diego reeled off four consecutive routs to close the season, outscoring Hawaii, San Jose State, Nevada and New Mexico by a combined 110 points en route to their school-record eighth consecutive bowl appearance. Quarterback Christian Chapman will likely only be called upon to give Penny a rest, but acquitted himself well with 1,848 passing yards, 13 TDs and just three interceptions during the season.

ABOUT ARMY (9-3): There isn't much more that can be said about the ultimate run-first offense - the Black Knights threw just 61 passes all year, completing 19 - but the defense is another story altogether, and one that Army fans should be pleased about heading into Dec. 23. Entering its date with Navy, Army allowed opponents to score points on just 70 percent of their red-zone visits - even with USC, and behind only Troy, TCU and Virginia Tech. The Black Knights were also one of the top teams in the country at securing the football, turning it over just nine times in 12 games - tied for third-fewest turnovers in Division I.



PREDICTION: San Diego State 28, Army 21
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
San Diego State 10-2 W4 30.4 18.4 5-2 5-0 7-2 0-0 6-2
Army 9-3 W1 29.8 20.9 6-0 3-3 2-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
San Diego State Army
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/8/12 ARMY 7 SDSU 42 443 228 215 332 282 50
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
San Diego State R. Katz 66.7 215 1 0
Army T. Steelman 37.5 50 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
San Diego State A. Muema 15 98 6.5 1
Army R. Maples 19 107 5.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
San Diego State E. Ruffin 5 132 26.4 0
Army R. Maples 1 23 23.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
San Diego State W. Kazee 2
Army T. Baggett 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
San Diego State C. Chapman 59.8 1848 13 3
Army A. Bradshaw 32.5 279 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
San Diego State R. Penny 275 2027 7.4 19
Army A. Bradshaw 210 1566 7.5 12
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
San Diego State M. Holder 43 602 14.0 2
Army K. Walker 5 111 22.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
San Diego State R. Penny 24
Army A. Bradshaw 12
Quickchart Matchup
San Diego State San Diego State Off vs  Army Army Def
San Diego State 410.7 yards
Army 356.5 yards
San Diego State 5.5 yards/rush
Army 5 yards/rush
San Diego State 7.8 yards/attempt
Army 7.7 yards/attempt
Army Army Off vs  San Diego State San Diego State Def
Army 385.4 yards
San Diego State 304.5 yards
Army 6.1 yards/rush
San Diego State 3.5 yards/rush
Army 5.8 yards/attempt
San Diego State 7 yards/attempt