Army snapped its two-game losing streak and coach Jeff Monken was plenty happy — just not ecstatic.
Andy Davidson rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw threw his first scoring pass of the season, and Army beat UTEP 35-21 on Saturday on a windy day at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights overcame an early running-into-the kicker penalty, missed too many tackles against UTEP running back Quardraig Wadley, and had an interception nullified by a penalty. Against a team struggling to find any sort of identity — UTEP’s first lead of the season came on Wadley’s 1-yard run in the final moments of the first quarter — it didn’t matter.
“I’m happy to win. It certainly beats the failing of last weekend,” Monken said. “What we’ve got to do is play better. There’s a lot to clean up. We had to earn this one. They (UTEP) had themselves right there.”
Army (3-2), coming off road losses to Ohio State and last week to Tulane, broke open a tight game with two touchdowns in the third quarter and another early in the fourth as Bradshaw finally displayed some nice touch throwing the ball. He finished 3 of 5 for 80 yards and rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries.
UTEP (0-5) entered the game allowing an average of nearly 48 points per game but played Army to a 14-14 standoff in the first half, thanks to the solid play of Wadley, who finished with a career-high 156 yards on 28 carries.
“It didn’t reflect in the final score, but I thought…