Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, fellow quarterback Chris Carter threw for two scores and Army beat Lafayette 62-7 on Saturday to bounce back from two straight narrow losses.
Against a Lafayette team facing its first FBS squad since a 41-14 loss in 1997, Army’s triple option returned to form after last week’s 13-6 loss at Duke, with a season-high 671 yards of offense, 379 in the first half.
The Black Knights’ rushing attack — which came in ranked No. 2 in the nation — was good for 537 yards as Army (4-2) racked up 31 first downs.
The Leopards, who never led, gained just 10 rushing yards on 17 carries and dropped to 1-18 all-time against Army. Coming off a 58-34 loss to Fordham in which it gave up 516 yards on the ground, Lafayette (1-6) had no answers in its first look at an option offense.
The Leopards had to punt on their first five possessions, and Army kept capitalizing with touchdowns thanks to strong blocking up front.
The Black Knights scored first when Bradshaw sprinted down the right sideline for a career-long 60-yard touchdown run. Soon after, Jordan Asberry ran it in off a pitch from the 20 to give Army a 14-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first.
Carter ran for a 19-yard touchdown of his own before Bradshaw found Jeff Ejekam inside the right edge of the end zone to put Army up 28-0 halfway through the second quarter. Perhaps the prettiest play was Carter’s 59-yard touchdown heave over the middle to Asberry on the first play of Army’s next series.
Lafayette: Since beating Central Connecticut State in the opener, Lafayette has now dropped six straight — five of those defeats by double digits. The loss also clinched a seventh straight losing season for Lafayette.
Army: The fact that Lafayette’s only victory in the series came 76 years ago meant this was a game the Black Knights had to have as they seek their first bowl game berth since 2010.
Lafayette: The Leopards have a conference matchup at Bucknell on Saturday.
Army: The Black Knights stay home to face North Texas on Saturday.