West Virginia rallies to beat Army 24-21 in Liberty Bowl
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 31: The West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate after winning the Liberty Bowl against the Army Black Knights at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on December 31, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)MEMPHIS, Tenn. – West Virginia coach Neal Brown knew he would use reserve quarterback Austin Kendall in the second half. Kendall threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Simmons with 5:10 left, and West Virginia held off Army 24-21 on Thursday. Army quarterback Tyhier Tyler had three rushing touchdowns — from 1, 6, and 2 yards — to tie a Liberty Bowl record. They got the opportunity to play in the Liberty Bowl after Tennessee (3-7) opted out because of COVID-19 cases.
Army beats Navy 15-0 at Michie Stadium
These Black Knights accomplished something never before done in the history of their rivalry with Navy: Beating the Midshipmen at West Point. Tyhier Tyler scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter, the Army defense stoned Navy with a goal-line stand in the third, and the Black Knights beat their archrival 15-0 on Saturday at fog-shrouded Michie Stadium. It was the first meeting between the teams at West Point since a 13-0 Navy shutout in 1943. Navy sang second, as is tradition for the winner of the game, last year in Philadelphia after a 31-7 triumph. He first took his place with cadets on the Army side of the stadium for much of the first quarter before joining Navy midshipmen in the second quarter.