TEAM Army and Kent State battled for just the second time Saturday in Kent, Ohio. It marked the Black Knights’ first visit to Dix Stadium. Army remained unbeaten against the Flashes with the win. Army had posted a 17-14 overtime win in the teams’ only previous meeting on Sept. 9, 2006, at Michie Stadium.
Army recorded its sixth win of the season, becoming bowl eligible for the first time since the 1996 team played in the Independence Bowl.
The Black Knights avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season. The last time Army went an entire season without a losing streak was 1996.
Army finished the year 2-1 versus the MAC and has won five of its last eight games against league foes.
Army has won five straight games in opponents’ home stadiums, including all four of its true road games this season (Army played Rutgers at the New Meadowlands Stadium). It is Army’s longest road winning streak since 1966-67.
The Black Knights are now 3-2 in November under head coach Rich Ellerson. The Black Knights had lost eight straight games in the month of November prior to Ellerson’s arrival.
Army’s 17-point win marked its fifth straight victory by double digits. It is the most 10-plus point wins in a season since the 1996 team won its first nine straight games by double figures.
OFFENSE Sophomore QB Trent Steelman drew his 22nd consecutive start under center for the Black Knights. Steelman became the first quarterback in Army history to start 12 games last fall. He has not missed a single start during his two-year tenure at West Point.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman registered his team-leading 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the season in the second quarter. It marks the first time an Army player has rushed for at least 10 touchdowns in a season since Scott Wesley rushed for 10 scores in 2005.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman enjoyed his finest passing day of the season, completing nine of 10 pass attempts for a season-high 149 yards.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman has been Army’s starter in its last 11 wins, the most by an Army signal caller since Ronnie McAda won 16 games from 1994-96.
Sophomore FB Jared Hassin scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter, his ninth rushing score of the season. Hassin had his Academy-record tying streak of four straight 100-yard games stopped with a 75-yard performance.
Sophomore SB Brian Cobbs ripped off a season-long 45-yard rush in the first quarter. It marked the longest run from scrimmage by an Army slotback this season. Cobbs notched his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the season in the second quarter.
Kent State’s defense entered the game ranked first nationally against the run, allowing an average of 69 ground yards per game. Army rushed for 102 yards in the first quarter alone on Saturday. Army finished the day with 235 rushing yards, its 10th straight game with at least 200 rushing yards.
Freshman SB Raymond Maples registered his first career rushing touchdown in the third quarter, scrambling in from the 5-yard line.
Four different players scored rushing touchdowns for Army on Saturday, marking a season high.
Army established a season scoring high with 45 points against Kent State on Saturday. It was the Black Knights highest scoring output since a 62-7 win over VMI on Oct. 7, 2006 and its most points against a FBS squad since a 48-29 win over Cincinnati on Oct. 9, 2004.
Sophomore WR George Jordan had a career-high four catches for 46 yards.
Junior WR Davyd Brooks’ 41-yard catch was the Black Knights’ longest passing play of the season.
DEFENSE Freshman DE Quentin Kantaris registered his first career start for Army on Saturday. He became the second freshman to start a game for the Black Knights this season, joining SB Raymond Maples on the list.
Senior DE Josh McNary returned to action Saturday after sitting out the majority of last week’s game against Air Force due to injury. He entered this week’s action tied for eighth nationally in quarterback sacks (1.06) and tied for 30th in tackles for loss (1.33).
Senior FS Donovan Travis registered his team-leading fourth interception of the season in the second quarter. His 50-yard return gave Army the ball at the Kent State 28 and led to Army’s fourth touchdown. Travis moved into a three-way tie for second place on Army’s all-time pickoffs list with 10 career interceptions. Travis is tied with Doug Pavek (1983-85) and Mike McElrath (1989-92) on the list. Glenn Davis (1943-46) holds Army’s career record with 14 career interceptions.
Senior DB Richard King nabbed his second interception of the season and the third of his career late in the third quarter. The pickoff led to an Army touchdown that provided the Black Knights with a 42-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. King intercepted his second pass of the game, snuffing out a Kent State drive in Army territory with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter. It was the first time an Army player intercepted two passes in a game since Donovan Travis against Ball State on Sept. 19, 2009.
Army forced four turnovers, its highest since five takeaways against Duke earlier this season. Army won the turnover margin 4-0, improving to 9-1 under head coach Rich Ellerson when on the plus side of the turnover battle.
SPECIAL TEAMS Junior K Alex Carlton made his eighth straight field goal when he connected on a season-long 49-yarder with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter.
Junior K Alex Carlton made a career-high six extra points. Carlton is 51 for 51 on PATs during his career. It is the third-longest streak in Army history.
Senior K Matt Campbell drilled two kickoffs for touchbacks in the first quarter. He entered the game with just one touchback on the season.