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Missouri Tigers football vs. Army in Armed Forces Bowl: Time, TV and 5 things to know

Kansas City Star logo Kansas City Star 12/21/2021 Lila Bromberg, The Kansas City Star

Dec. 21—The Missouri Tigers' football team plays Army in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.

Here are details and five things to know about the game.


Kickoff: 7 p.m. Central time Wednesday

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas


Radio: KMBZ (98.1 FM)

The line: Army by 5


1. Triple-option offense brings trouble. The biggest story line, prior to Eliah Drinkwitz announcing star running back Tyler Badie won't play, is how Missouri will defend Army's signature triple-option offense. The scheme, which is only used by a handful of teams in modern college football, has propelled the Black Knights to score more rushing touchdowns (44) than any team in the nation. They also rank second in the FBS with 286.4 rushing yards per game.

2. Controlling the clock. Army eats up a lot of the game clock, ranking second in the nation in time of possession, holding onto the ball for just under 36 minutes per game. They only allow their opponents to control the ball for around 24 minutes per game, which would be the least amount of time on offense for Missouri this season. The closest comparison would be the fourth game of the year against Boston College, during which the Tigers had the ball for 25:49 (including overtime) and lost 41-34.

3. Don't get caught by Carter. Army linebacker Andre Carter II has been a menace on defense this season. He leads the country with 1.21 sacks per game, recording 14.5 through 12 contests. The Missouri City, Texas, native also has 16 tackles for loss, one blocked kick, one interception and has forced four fumbles.. He was an Associated Press third-team All-America pick.

4. Flags few and far between. There aren't many flags called against the Black Knights. They only average 3.83 penalties per game, which ranks second in the country. They only average 37 penalty yards per game, also in the top-10 in that category. Conversely, Mizzou averages 6.5 penalties per game and 60.83 penalty yards per game.

5. Area connections. There are several Missouri products on Army's roster. Junior running back Jakobi Buchanan is from St. Charles and attended Chaminade Prep. He has 436 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns on 115 carries this season. The Black Knights' starting punter, Zach Harding, is also from the St. Louis area in St. Peters, where he went to Living Word Christian. Sophomore running back Tyson Riley is from Mount Vernon and Springfield Catholic High School. He has 164 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. Freshman wide receiver Isaiah Gavin is from Overland Park, Kansas and went to St. Thomas Aquinas, but he hasn't seen any action this season.

This story was originally published December 21, 2021 5:00 AM.


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