Cougars joust with Black
By Tom Carpenter
The Daily Cougar
Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas
Douglas MacArthur and Norman Schwarzkopf;
belong to West Point's "Long Gray Line"
of graduates who
have brought honor and glory to the Academy
in their nation's
Fortunately for the Cougars, these famous
graduates of West
Point won't be digging in across the line
of scrimmage from the
Cougar offense when Houston invades Blake
Field at Michie
Stadium to take on the Black Knights on
Saturday in a
Conference USA "Battle of the Cellar Dwellers."
stand at 0-3 a fourth of the way through
"Whoever comes out of this one at 0-4 has
a long road ahead,"
said Cougar head coach Dana Dimel. "They
will have to work
to keep their kids tight and together
the rest of the season."
Unless the Cougars become awestruck by
the sheer beauty
and grandeur of Michie Stadium or intimidated
legendary Army teams of the past, UH should
finally win a
battle in the war of respectability.
The Black Knights rank No. 15 in the country
in total defense,
but they have a minor problem moving the
ball, averaging 291
yards a game.
The Cougars are just the opposite. They
sport a porous
defense and a potent air attack, although
the Cougar ground
game stands at No. 111 out of a total
of 116 Division I-A teams.
Head coach Todd Berry assumed command of
season as the 32nd head coach in West
Point history and
endured a dismal 1-10 campaign.
Senior quarterback Chad Jenkins leads the
ranked 75th, but Jenkins has had problems
throwing the ball.
His 46-84 for 458 yards ranks him near
the bottom, statistically,
in a pass-happy conference. He's tossed
while suffering six interceptions.
Junior Josh Holden took over for All-C-USA
Michael Wallace. The 6-0 Hudson, Ohio,
native has rushed for
180 yards on 32 attempts.
The Army's innovative one-back multiple
set offense could
give the Cougar defense problems.
Believe it or not, this should be one of
the most exciting games
the Cougars will play this year. It will
be a repeat of last year's
barn-burner, when it took a blocked field
goal attempt as time
expired to put a lock on the Cougar win.
"The first road game is always a chance
to start something
new and our guys need something like that,"
Dimel said. "They
need a spark to get things going."