When it was over, and fifth-ranked Stanford had its second victory of the season, the Army Black Knights knew they had let something important slip away.
Along with the football that quarterback Angel Santiago lost on a critical third-down fumble midway through the third quarter Saturday went a chance to do something no Army squad had done since 1972 - beat a ranked team.
Stanford 34, Army 20.
''They scored 34 points on our defense,'' free safety Geoffery Bacon said. ''That's not good. Yeah, we did some things better ... but they put up 34. That's a loss.''
Still, for a team that finished 2-10 last season and was a 30-point underdog, it's a big step in the right direction.
''I think we raised the bar on where we can be in terms of how hard we can play, how emotional we can be, and how we can manage that emotion, instead of being used by it,'' coach Rich Ellerson said. ''That's important because this is an emotional game.''
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