Army improves to 3-0 with 66-14 victory over UTEP

UTEP quarterback Kavika Johnson just avoids Army's Andrew King of Army during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/El Paso Times via AP)
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) Darnell Woolfolk ran for three touchdowns, Andy Davidson rushed for 106 yards and another score and Army routed UTEP 66-14 on Saturday night.

The battle of the nation's No. 4 running team against its No. 2 ball carrier never emerged in the Sun Bowl as Army steamrolled its way to a victory in the first meeting between the teams. Army is 3-0 for the first time since the 1996 season, when it started 9-0.

The Black Knights, who average 338 yards per game, conducted a triple-option clinic, rolling up 424 yards rushing on 72 attempts. Woolfolk had 15 carries for 71 yards, with all three scoring runs coming from inside the 10. Davidson had a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 31-0.

UTEP (1-2) allowed the most points at home since 2003. Aaron Jones, who entered the game as the nation's second leading rusher, finished with 67 yards on 11 carries and one score.

THE TAKEAWAY

ARMY: The Black Knights wishbone option rattled off 45 plays to UTEP's 15 and carried a 22:33 to 7:18 edge in time of possession into the break. They had the ball 10 times and scored on nine of those possessions. The defense added another score, Max Regan's 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

UTEP: Playing behind the entire way, the UTEP rushing game never had a chance to get Jones, the nation's No. 2 runner, on track. He had just five carries for 13 yards in the first half.

UP NEXT

ARMY: The Black Knights travel to Buffalo on Saturday.

UTEP: The Miners will open Conference USA play next week at home against Southern Miss on Saturday.