TEAM Army and Air Force squared off for the 45th time on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons improved their series advantage over the Black Knights to 31-13-1, including wins in the last five games. Army has now lost seven in a row to Air Force at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights have lost 10 straight games against their fellow service academies. Army’s last win in Commander In Chief’s Trophy games was a 27-24 win at Air Force on Nov. 5, 2005.
Army wore its new “dress gray” uniforms for the first time on Saturday. The ensemble featured gray pants with a black stripe, gray jerseys with black numbers and all black helmets.
The Black Knights ended their five-game home schedule with a 2-3 record.
Saturday’s 20-point loss was Army’s largest defeat of the season. The Black Knights’ previous three losses were by a combined 13 points.
Army was -2 in turnover margin and was outscored 14-0 in points off turnovers. The Black Knights are now 7-34 since the start of 2006 when not holding the turnover advantage. Army also dropped to 1-9 in its last 10 games when not forcing a turnover.
OFFENSE Army kicked a field goal on the game’s first possession, marking the seventh straight game the Black Knights have scored first.
Army’s 22-point outing was its second-lowest point total of the season (L, 23-20 in OT versus Rutgers). The Black Knights entered the game averaging 30.4 points per game.
Army ran for 244 yards on Saturday, its ninth straight game over more than 200 rushing yards. It is the longest streak since the 1996 squad rushed for at least 200 yards in all 12 of its games.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman threw his first interception of the season in the second quarter. The Black Knights were the last team in the nation to throw an interception.
Steelman threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season, hitting senior WR Austin Barr on a 9-yard pass in the fourth quarter, tying his total from last season. The catch was Barr’s team-high third receiving touchdown of the season. It was Army’s first touchdown pass since the win at Tulane on Oct. 9.
Steelman had his string of six straight games with at least one rushing touchdown stopped on Saturday. It was tied for the third-longest such streak in Army history. Mike Mayweather was the last to do it in 1988. Glenn Davis scored in nine straight games and Felix “Doc” Blanchard rushed for a score in eight consecutive games in 1945.
Barr has now caught at least one pass in seven straight games.
Senior Jacob Bohn scored his first career touchdown on an 18-yard run in the second quarter. It was Army’s 27th rushing touchdown of the season which is tied for the 14th most in Academy history.
Sophomore FB Jared Hassin recorded his fourth straight 100-yard game with 114 yards on 17 carries, tying the Academy record for consecutive 100-yard outings. Hassin is the sixth player to accomplish the feat which has now been done a total of 10 times. Michael Wallace was the last to do it during the 2000 season. DEFENSE Army held Air Force to 277 yards rushing, 36 yards below their average. The Falcons entered the game ranked second in the nation at 313.56 yards per game.
Sophomore A.J. Mackey made his first career start on Saturday. Mackey and his brother, A.J., were both in the starting lineup for the Black Knights. A.J. finished the game with a career-high seven tackles and a forced fumble.
Senior DB Donnie Dixon had a career-high 12 tackles to lead the Black Knights.
Sophomore LB Zach Watts made his first career start.
SPECIAL TEAMS Junior K Alex Carlton made all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from 30, 41 and 46 yards out on Saturday. Carlton has now made his last five field goal tries.
Carlton’s moved into sole possession of third place on the Army career field goals ledger with 29.
Carlton’s 46-yard field goal was his longest of the season and his longest since a 51-yarder versus Vanderbilt on Oct. 10, 2009.
Carlton made both is extra points to run his career PAT total to 46 makes in 46 tries. It is Army’s second-longest streak without a career miss and is tied for the third-longest streak overall. J. Parker was 76 for 76 during his career (1995-96) to hold both records.
Senior P Jonathan Bulls averaged 42.2 yards per punt, including a 50-yarder, and pinned Air Force inside the 20-yard line on all four of his kicks.