TEAM Army and Notre Dame met for the 50th time on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish now lead the all-time series 38-8-4. Notre Dame has won 14 straight over the Black Knights.
Saturday’s game was the first college football game played at the new Yankee Stadium. Army squared off with Notre Dame at the old facility 22 times. The Fighting Irish owned a 14-5-3 mark in those games.
Army has now alternated wins and losses in each of the last seven weeks. The Black Knights have now won back-to-back games since defeating North Texas (Sept. 18) and Duke (Sept. 25).
The Black Knights were -1 in turnover margin against the Fighting Irish. Army is now 7-35 since the start of 2006 when losing the turnover battle.
Army has scored first in each of the last nine games.
Army’s 24-point loss was its largest of the season and its largest margin of defeat since a 35-27 loss at Air Force on Nov. 7, 2009.
OFFENSE The Black Knights were limited to a season-low 135 yards rushing. It was the first time Army did not crack the 200-yard mark in a game this season. It was the Black Knights’ lowest rushing total since gaining 110 yards versus Navy in the 2009 season finale (Dec. 12).
The Black Knights are now 1-7 under head coach Rich Ellerson when rushing for less than 200 yards.
Army’s 174 yards of total offense was its lowest output since gaining 154 yards versus Navy on Dec. 6, 2008.
Army was held without a touchdown for the first time this season and did not reach the end zone for the first time since last season’s Navy game (L, 17-3).
Senior SB Patrick Mealy led the Black Knights with 30 rushing yards, snapping sophomore FB Jared Hassin’s run of five straight games on top of Army’s rushing ledger.
Army has lost 13 straight games when failing to score a rushing touchdown.
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Darrin Walls, in seven pass attempts on Saturday. Entering the game, he had thrown one pick in 99 attempts.
Steelman started his 23rd consecutive game at quarterback for the Black Knights on Saturday. It is the longest streak by an Army signal caller since Leamon Hall was under center for an Academy-record 30 straight games from 1975-77.
Junior WR Austin Barr had his streak of games with at least one catch snapped at eight. Barr did catch a pass, but the play was nullified because of a penalty.
DEFENSE Senior FS Donovan Travis intercepted his team-high fifth pass of the season on Notre Dame’s first drive. Travis took over sole possession of second place on Army’s career interception list with 11. He now trails 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis by three (14) on the all-time ledger.
Junior LB Bill Prosko made a career-high eight tackles, including an assisted tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
SPECIAL TEAMS Army allowed three punt returns for -4 yards. The Black Knights entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in punt coverage, giving up just 4.2 yards per return.
Junior PK Alex Carlton made his only field goal, a 20-yarder in the first quarter. It was his ninth consecutive make of the season.