Heart of Dallas Bowl

Heart of Dallas Bowl proves small games can still be a big deal

Heart of Dallas Bowl proves small games can still be a big deal

What a crummy football game, right?

North Texas versus Army was supposed to be the dud of the holiday season, a stumbling, fumbling example of the bloated bowl system. Media outlets across the country – including The Times – ranked it dead last in a dizzying list of 42 postseason matchups.

But by the time Army knocked away a fourth-down pass to secure an overtime victory on Tuesday, the Heart of Dallas Bowl had proved the critics wrong and served as an important reminder.

The 8-5 Black Knights won, 38-31, in a game that featured more than 900 yards of offense and lots of big plays.

North Texas – which came in with a 5-7 record, invited only because of its...

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