2010 Armed Forces Bowl: Army Holds Off a Late SMU Rally To Win 16-14

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IDecember 30, 2010

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Kyle Padron #2 of the SMU Mustangs celebrates a touchdown in the third quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Army Black Knights deserve a lot of credit in this 2010 Armed Forces Bowl. They came in ready to play and they outlasted the SMU Mustangs to win, 16-14.

It didn't take much for Army to take control of the game, as they returned a fumble for a touchdown on just the third play of the game.

From there, another score and three first half turnovers from SMU essentially put this game away. It was those mistakes, all three from quarterback Kyle Padron, helped Army hang on even after the Mustangs attempted a late second half rally.

Army linebacker Steven Anderson was named the player of the game, and for good reason. He was all over the field making tackle after tackle and came up with big stops when the team needed it.

For SMU, it was wide receiver Darius Johnson who had the biggest game with 152 yards and a touchdown on just nine catches.

For Padron, even though it was a tough first half for the young quarterback, he rebounded with a solid second-half effort, throwing two touchdown passes and almost leading his team all the way back from a 16-0 first-half deficit.

He finished the day completing 23 of his 34 pass attempts for 302 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with a fumble. Not a day he wants to remember, but his second-half effort is something he should definitely be proud of.

What a day it was here on the campus of SMU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The atmosphere was amazing, the fans were up and cheering all game long—it's one of those games you love to be around and a game that was worth watching right down to the end.

Congratulations to the Army Black Knights for winning the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl.

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