Army saw its all-time series record with Temple level at 4-4 with Saturday's 42-35 loss at Michie Stadium. The Owls stretched their winning streak over the Black Knights to three games with the victory.
The Black Knights drew a season-high crowd of 33,065 to Michie Stadium Saturday on Homecoming at West Point.
Army did not commit a turnover for the third straight game Saturday versus Temple. The Black Knights have not turned the ball over since fumbling late in the fourth quarter against Hawai'i. Army entered the game ranked third nationally in turnover margin +2.25 (+9).
Saturday's game against Temple marked the first time in two years that the Black Knights have suffered a defeat when winning the turnover battle (1-0). Army is now 7-1 under head coach Rich Ellerson when winning the turnover battle.
Saturday's game marked the first time that Army's defense has not forced a turnover this season. The Black Knights forced a turnover on the opening kickoff but did not produce another takeaway the rest of the day.
Temple enjoyed advantages in both total yards (407-359) and rushing yards (256-235) against Army on Saturday. It marked the first time this season that the Black Knights have been outrushed by an opponent.
Army led Temple 28-13 midway through the third quarter on Saturday before the Owls reeled off 29 straight points to take control.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman accounted for a career-high five touchdowns against Temple on Saturday, passing for one score and rushing for four others. He is the first Army player to account for five touchdowns since Carlton Jones rushed for five touchdowns against South Florida on Oct. 16, 2004, in Tampa, Fla.
Trent Steelman had never rushed for more than one touchdown in a game prior to Saturday. He rushed for four scores against Temple.
Trent Steelman has now accounted for each of Army's last seven touchdowns (4 rushing, 3 passing), spanning two games.
Trent Steelman hit on 9 of 16 passes for 124 yards against Temple on Saturday. All three figures marked season highs. Steelman's previous passing high of 85 yards occurred during last week's defeat of Duke.
Trent Steelman tied Michie Stadium records for both rushing touchdowns (4) and touchdowns accounted for (5).
Sophomore SB Malcolm Brown led Army with 71 yards rushing on 12 carries. It marked the second time this season that Brown has at least shared the team rushing lead.
Sophomore FB Jared Hassin registered his first three receptions of the season. He finished with 29 receiving yards.
Army's monster 18-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 9:48 off the game clock ranks as the Black Knights' longest drive this season in terms of plays and clock time. It also equaled Army's longest drive this season in terms of yardage.
The Black Knights scored their highest point total in a loss since registering 39 points versus Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2007.
The Black Knights allowed Temple 256 rushing yards on Saturday. Army's previous three opponents (Hawai'i, North Texas, Duke) had combined to rush for 216 yards.
Temple RB Matt Brown rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns against the Black Knights' defense. It marked the first time a player has rushed for at least 200 yards versus Army since Ray Rice of Rutgers posted 243 ground yards at Michie Stadium on Nov. 9, 2007. It also marked the first time a player has registered four rushing touchdowns versus the Black Knights since Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan ran for four touchdowns against Army on Oct. 13, 2007.
For the first time this season, Army's defense did not record a sack against Temple.
Army's defense yielded its highest point total since allowing 49 points to Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2007.
Junior K Alex Carlton missed his only field goal try when he misfired from 50 yards in the first quarter. He is now 2-for-7 in field goal tries this season. Two of his misses have come from at least 50 yards and two of his kicks were blocked.
The Army kickoff unit has forced and recovered fumbles in three games this season, accounting for three of the Black Knights' 13 total takeaways.