Holland/Nachtigal Earn More All-Bowl Team Praise
Firstie Army West Point football players Bryce Holland and James Nachtigal were recently selected to the USA Today Sports All-Bowl Team. Earlier this month Holland and Nachtigal were honored by Sport's Illustrated and the Associated Press, respectively, for their performances in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Holland, along with the entire offensive line, were voted to the Sport's Illustrated All-Bowl team after they blocked for an Army attack that compiled 592 total yards on 62 offensive plays. Houston was only able to register 320 yards on 73 plays during the bowl.
The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack with 10 different ball handlers combining to run 58 times. The Black Knights ran for 507 yards (on 8.7 yards a carry) in capping off the program's first 11-win campaign. Also, when they decided to throw the ball, that went well too, completing all four pass attempts for 85 yards. Army's 70 points racked up in the game were the most in the 16-year history of the Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights also registered 42 points in the first half, which marked the first time since 2011 the Cadets have achieved that feat.
Nachtigal was acknowledged by the Associated Pressand selected to their all-bowl team after making a career-high 16 tackles and delivering three of Army's program-record 10 sacks during the game. He also forced three fumbles. He became the first player to register three sacks in a game since Andrew King did so in 2015 at UConn. The sacks gave him 17 for his career as well, which is the second most all-time behind only Josh McNary. The Black Knights' defense, led by Nachtigal, held their fifth-straight opponent to 14 or less points to become the first three-time winner of the Armed Forces Bowl.