Army 56, Lafayette 48
Nov. 15, 1986
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) _ Army spotted Lafayette 14 first-quarter points, then roared back behind junior quarterback Tory Crawford, who rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another, as the Cadets posted a wild 56-48 victory Saturday in a non-conference college football game at Michie Stadium.
The combined 104 points were the most ever scored in an Army football game. Crawford's 208-yard rushing total is the fifth-best in the school's history. He also completed 3 of 4 passes for 123 yards for a combined offensive yardage total of 331 - the second-highest ever by a Cadet in a single game. Leamon Hall set the record of 378 yards against North Carolina in 1976.
Crawford's heroics overshadowed a great performance by Lafayette quarterback Paul Struncius, who kept the Leopards in the game all day. He finished with 23 completions in 33 attempts for 319 yards and five touchdowns. Lafayette had 482 offensive yards in the contest.
The Leopards took a quick 14-0 lead, the first score coming on a three-yard run by backup quarterback Clayton Evans at 5:36. Evans filled in for one play after Struncius was shaken up on a sack.
Lafayette quickly got the ball back when Army's Alan Edwards fumbled the ensuing kickoff and linebacker Mike Shumaker recovered it at the Army 22. Two plays later, Struncius hit split end Jimmy Johnson in the corner of the end zone with a 21-yard touchdown pass.
But Army came back with 28 straight points. Crawford began the surge when he ran it in from the three at 2:16 to cap a 36-yard drive. Then senior halfback Benny Wright took a pitch from Crawford and scored with 1:05 left to tie it 14-14.
Crawford gave the Cadets the lead when he hit split end Benny White with a 50-yard bomb early in the second quarter.
After a Lafayette punt, Army marched 74 yards in nine plays and took a 28-14 lead on fullback Andy Peterson's one-yard scoring run.
Lafayette came right back when Struncius hit Johnson with a five-yard touchdown pass to cap a 76-yard drive.
But Army scored on its next two possessions to put the game away.
Crawford scored on a quarterback keeper from the two with 1:23 left to give the Cadets a 35-21 halftime lead. And he broke a 37-yard run down the left sideline for a touchdown early in the third quarter to boost the lead to 24 points.
Lafayette responded again with a long drive, Struncius capping the 10-play, 81-yard march when he hit tight end Woody Swan with an 11-yard touchdown pass.
The teams then traded scores. Crawford scored for the fourth time, running it in from the five with 6:08 left, and fullback Ryan Priest caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Struncius just over five minutes later.
Army's Clarence Jones' 12-yard scoring scamper with 14:27 left in the game put the Cadets up 56-35.
But third-string tailback Jim Adams, who rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries, scored from 11 yards out with 7:25 left, and Priest caught a nine- yard touchdown strike from Struncius with 1:50 left to make it close.
Army recovered Lafayette's onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock to preserve the victory.