Army holds off Temple 31-28 in overtime

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Thrust into the spotlight for the first time, sophomore quarterback Kelvin Hopkins keyed Army to a most improbable victory.

Trailing by seven points against Temple with time winding down in the fourth quarter, Hopkins guided the Black Knights on a 14-play, 79-yard scoring drive in the final 91 seconds of regulation. He completed five passes for 67 yards, hitting Jermaine Adams in the left corner of the end zone with a perfectly thrown 16-yard strike with one second left in regulation, and Blake Wilson kicked a 29-yard field goal in the first overtime to give Army a dramatic 31-28 victory on Saturday.

To put that in perspective, the Black Knights entered the game ranked as the worst passing team in the nation, averaging 17.9 yards per game, and Hopkins was 1 for 6 for nine yards and one interception before Saturday’s kickoff.

“It was a great feeling to show that,” Hopkins said. “It’s something we practice and, contrary to popular belief, it is something we work hard at.”

Army safety Max Regan’s stop of Ryquell Armstead for no gain on a third-and-6 play forced the Owls to try to tie the game with a field goal and force a second overtime. But Temple kicker Aaron Boumerhi missed left from 27 yards and collapsed to the turf on his back, lying in disbelief at the end of a torturous day.