Sept. 14, 2013
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Stanford 34, Army 20
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Hosting a top-five team for the first time since 1962, Army football took an early lead over No. 5/4 Stanford but a scoreless third quarter doomed the Black Knights as the Cardinal escaped Michie Stadium with a 34-20 victory on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Junior Terry Baggett rushed for a team-high 96 yards, while a pair of Daniel Grochowski field goals were responsible for the early Army advantage.
A sold-out crowd of 39,644 became alive when Stanford's first drive of the game ended in a fumble as quarterback Kevin Hogan was stripped by Army junior defensive end Mike Ugenyi in Cardinal territory, setting up Grochowski's 39-yard field goal.
The buzz continued inside Michie Stadium as a three-and-out on Stanford's ensuing drive was converted into another Grochowski field goal. The Black Knights (1-2) marched their way down the field after the Cardinal (2-0) punt, as senior running back Raymond Maples, junior quarterback Angel Santiago and junior fullback Larry Dixon all chipped in rushing yards to get Army into field goal range. Grochowski connected from a career-long 48 yards to give the Black Knights a 6-0 lead with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Stanford cracked the scoring column on its following possession to avoid being shut out in the stanza as senior running back Tyler Gaffney strung together 41 yards on three carries to set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector with 32 seconds left in the quarter. Gaffney finished with a game-high 132 yards rushing.
The Cardinal needed just one play to stretch its lead to 14-6 as Hogan threw a bomb to junior Ty Montgomery for a 46-yard touchdown, as Montgomery went on to tally a game-high 130 yards receiving.
Stanford field goals bookended a 15-yard Larry Dixon touchdown, which was set up in part to a Baggett's game-best 46-yard run. The Cardinal took a 20-13 lead into intermission.
Army charged into Stanford territory just once in the third quarter, a drive which ended in a lost fumble by Santiago. The Cardinal converted the momentum into another touchdown as Gaffney broke into the end zone for the second time on the afternoon, taking a 23-yard pass from Hogan to the house en route to a 27-13 lead.
Stanford tacked on one more touchdown after a three-and-out by the Black Knights, before Army capped the afternoon's scoring efforts when sophomore quarterback A.J. Schurr connected with Edgar Poe for a six-yard touchdown. The score, with 17 seconds remaining, was the first of the season for both Schurr and Poe. The onsides kick attempt by Army failed as Stanford avoided the upset bid with a 34-20 victory.
The Black Knights totaled 333 yard of offense with the ground game responsible for 284 yards. Freshman Josh Jenkins had the game's lone interception, the first of his career, which prevented a Stanford touchdown. Ugenyi and sophomore Dalton Mendenhall were both credited with quarterback sacks.
The Cardinal totaled 408 yards of offense using a balanced attack which accounted for 205 yards passing and 203 yards rushing. Josh Mauro and James Vaughters registered seven tackles apiece to lead the Stanford defense.
The Black Knights remain at home next Saturday when they welcome the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to Michie Stadium. Army and Wake Forest squared off last season in Winston-Salem, but it will be the Deacons' first trip to West Point since 1999. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased by calling the Army Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by going online at www.goARMYsports.com/tickets.