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Bring it Back: Cadets are Armed Forces Bowl champs

January 1, 2011

Army celebrates it's win at the Armed Forces Bowl. (Danny Wild/USMA)

What a week. It’s 2011 and I’m still smiling from Thursday’s win. What an honor and thrill it was to be apart of Army’s bowl week and victory in Texas. The team’s theme this year was “Bring it Back” — bring back winning to the Army program, bring back the pride and respect. On Thursday afternoon, 24 seniors walked off the field with big, big smiles.

Here are some of my photos from the epic win in Dallas, many of which were featured immediately after the win on USMA.edu and GoArmySports.com. Congrats to Davvd Brooks on an enormously clutch catch to seal the win.

Believe it: Army wins it! (Danny Wild/USMA)

THE Man: Senior captain and MVP, 5-0, Stephen 'Hollywood' Anderson. (Danny Wild/USMA)

The pride of Delafield, Wisconsin, Jared Hassin gets a bowl ring. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Recap and photos from Army

Army gets to work at Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas, just outside of Arlington, for its first practice. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army's sophomore quarterback, Trent Steelman, takes aim with a shotgun at an arcade hunting game during a team welcome event at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army offensive lineman Seth Reed smiles beside head coach Rich Ellerson following a practice in Kennedale. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army place holder Kolin Walk and punter Jonathan Bulls walk off the practice field. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army QB Trent Steelman gets his feet taped before practice on Tuesday. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Co-defensive coordinator Payam Saadat and the West Point defensive corps goes over their game plan during a walk-through on Wednesday at Ford Stadium. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army senior captain Stephen Anderson jumps on a stationary bike before kickoff. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Senior captain Josh McNary reacts after making a stop in the first quarter. (Danny Wild/USMA)

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Mike Gann, an Army senior defensive tackle, catches his breath on the bench. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Senior linebacker Kingsley Ehie pounces on a punt on the one-yard line, pinning SMU deep. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Freshman slotback Malcolm Brown scored Army's second touchdown. (Danny Wild/USMA)

SMU back Zach Line takes a handoff from quarterback Kyle Padron. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Lt. General David Huntoon Jr., appointed by president Obama last summer as the 58th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, watches the action from the Army sideline. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Junior Steve Erzinger leaps onto fellow linebacker Stephen Anderson after a big third down stop. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Junior kicker Alex Carlton watches his successful field goal in the second quarter. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Sophomore fullback Jared Hassin, an Air Force Academy transfer, became the 14th player in Army history to run for 1,000 yards after piling up 82 in the win. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Senior captain Stephen Anderson celebrates after a sack. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Senior captain Josh McNary, of Houston, Texas. (Danny Wild/USMA)

JJ: Defensive back Josh Jackson is congratulated after running out of bounds following a third-quarter intercepion. (Danny Wild/USMA)

QB Trent Steelman picked up key first downs on the ground. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Junior kicker Alex Carlton bites his nails as he watches the scoreboard during the final minutes. Army held SMU on third-and-long before Mustangs kicker Matt Szymanski missed left on a potential go-ahead 46-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining. Army picked up two key first downs to run out the clock. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Army sings its alma mater to the Corps of Cadets following a 16-14 win. (Danny Wild/USMA)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Mike Gann, who graduated on Dec. 17, reacts after the win. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Quarterback Trent Steelman screams when he finds his family reaching out from the crowd. (Danny Wild/USMA)

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Jason Johnson embraces his mother and grandmother following the win. Johnson graduated on Dec. 17 and will going on to Ranger school at Fort Benning, Ga. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Fullback Jared Hassin and QB Trent Steelman soak in the win infront of their families. (Danny Wild/USMA)

Senior captain Stephen Anderson was named MVP in his final game. (Danny Wild/USMA)

More photos here

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