ARMY POSTGAME NOTES
ARMY VS. SAN DIEGO STATE
SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 | QUALCOMM STADIUM | SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
Army fell to 0-2 all-time against the Aztecs. The game marked Army's first trip to California since the 1983 Army-Navy game was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The coin used for the pregame coin toss was presented to head coach Rich Ellerson by Major General Joseph Anderson, the commander of the 4th Infantry Division, following an address to the team at the hotel prior to the game. Army wore the 4th ID unit insignia on its uniform on Saturday.
Army has now lost nine straight games away from West Point, including seven consecutive losses on opponents' home fields.
The Black Knights lost the turnover battle 3-0, dropping to 9-44 since the start of 2006 when on the short end of the turnover margin. The Black Knights are now 2-13 in their last 15 games when not forcing a turnover.
Fourteen (14) Army players made their collegiate debut on Saturday, including seven freshmen. The first-time players included freshman DL T.J. Atimalala, freshman DB Chris Carnegie, freshman QB A.J. Schurr, sophomore RB/WR Tony Giovannelli, freshman PK Daniel Grochowski, freshman LB Alex Meier, freshman FS Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires, sophomore DE James Kelly, junior OL John Szott, sophomore WR Justin Newman, freshman LS Andrew Ellerson, sophomore DT Mike Ugenyi, sophomore DE Derek Sanchez, freshman LB Dalton Mendenhall and sophomore DT Robert Kough. Schurr was the holder for Army's extra point attempt, but is not officially credited with a game played because of NCAA statistical regulations.
The Black Knights dropped to 7-77 since 2002 when trailing at halftime.
Army used four first-time starters on offense. Senior LT Ben Jebb, sophomore RG Stephen Shumaker, junior WR Patrick Laird and sophomore WR Chevaughn Lawrence each made their debut with the first unit.
Sophomore RB Terry Baggett posted his first career 100-yard rushing game with 100 yards on a career-high 13 carries. He tied his career high with his 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Junior RB Raymond Maples posted his sixth career 100-yard rushing game with 107 yards on 19 carries. Maples moved into a tie for 10th place on the Black Knights' career 100-yard game list. It is the most by an Army player since Carlton Jones finished his career in 2004 with 11 100-yard efforts.
Baggett and Maples each cracked the 100-yard mark. It was the 38th time in Academy history at least two players each rushed for 100 yards in a game. The last time was versus Ball State last season when Maples ran for 125 yards and Jared Hassin added 111 yards.
Trent Steelman rushed for three yards and passed for 50 yards to move into fourth place on Army's all-time total offense list with 4,181 yards. Steelman passed 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis' total of 4,131 yards (2,959 rush/1,172 pass). Steelman is the only player in Army history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in his career.
The Army defense utilized three first-time starters - sophomore DTs Robert Kough and Mike Ugenyi, along with senior FS Ty Shrader.
The Black Knights fell to 20-117 since 1996 when allowing more than 17 points. Army has lost 38 straight games when giving up at least 40 points.
Senior FS Ty Shrader registered a career-high eight tackles. His previous mark was five against Ball State last season.
Senior LB Nate Combs matched his career high with 2.0 quarterback sacks. It was the second straight game Combs got to the quarterback twice after finishing the 2011 season with a two-sack effort versus Navy.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Freshman PK Dan Grochowski made his collegiate debut, and made his lone PAT attempt. The Army FG/PAT unit featured three rookie specialists with Andrew Ellerson snapping to holder A.J. Schurr.