Army Postgame Notes - Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 30, 2010)

Army made its first postseason appearance since the 1996 Independence Bowl on Saturday, facing SMU in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. It was the Black Knights fifth bowl game in program history.

The Black Knights ended the season 7-6, their most wins and first season above the .500 mark since the4 1996 squad was 10-2.

Army's seventh win marks only the second time (1963) that all three service academies have won at least seven games.

Army head coach Rich Ellerson is the first Army coach to win 12 games in their first two seasons since Tom Cahill won 16 games in 1966 (8-2) and 1967 (8-2).

The win snapped Army's nine-game losing streak in the month of December.

Army ended its two-game losing streak and finished an entire season without at least one three-game skid since the 1996 season.

Army snapped a two-game losing streak in bowl games and now stands at 3-2 all-time in postseason play.

The Black Knights improved to 3-0 all-time against SMU.

Thursday's game marked the 17th time Army played a game in the Lone Star State. The Black Knights are now 7-10 all-time in the State of Texas.

Army is now 12-20-1 all-time against teams that call Texas home.

The Black Knights snapped a 22-game losing streak against teams with winning records. Prior to Thursday, the last time Army defeated a team above the .500 mark was a 38-10 win against Arkansas State (5-4) on Nov. 19, 2005.

The win stretched Army's winning streak to six games when playing in its opponent's home stadium. Army won at North Texas in the final road game of 2009 and won all four of its true road games during the regular season in 2010. The Black Knights lost games versus Navy (2), Rutgers and Notre Dame away from West Point in that span, but those contests were played in Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia), the New Medowlands Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) and Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.), respectively.

Army's 16 points increased its season total to 346, the third-highest in Academy history.

The Black Knights ended the season with 34 rushing touchdowns which ranks tied for seventh on the Army single-season list.

Sophomore FB Jared Hassin's 82 rushing yards moved his season total to 1,013. Hassin is only the second Army sophomore (Mike Mayweather) to crack the millennium mark and the 11th player overall. It is the 14th 1,000-yard season in Army history and ranks 13th on the Black Knights' single-season list.

Army rushed for 199 yards, scoring only the second win in the Rich Ellerson Era when not reaching the 200-yard mark (2-7).

Hassin and sophomore QB Trent Steelman finished the season as Army's seventh-ranked rushing duo of all-time with 1,734 combined yards.

Senior LB Stephen Anderson was named Army's Most Outstanding Player after a season-high 14 tackles including 1.5 for loss and an interception. Anderson finished his career with 298 career tackles and 34.0 tackles for loss, the fifth-best total in Academy history.

Senior DE Josh McNary's 55-yard fumble return for a score with 13:33 left in the first quarter was his first career touchdown. It was Army's first fumble return for a score of the season and the first since Stephen Anderson had an 81-yard return against Tulane on Oct. 4, 2008. McNary's return was the longest in Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl history.

Zach Watts was credited with his first career sack when he forced the fumble by SMU quarterback Kyle Padron that led to Josh McNary's 55-yard return for a score.

Sophomore CB Josh Jackson recorded his first interception of the season in the second quarter. It was his second career pick. Jackson's 38-yard return on the play was the longest in Armed Forces Bowl history.

Army held SMU scoreless through the first 30 minutes, the third time this season the Black Knights have blanked an opponent through the first half (North Texas, VMI).

Junior PK Alex Carlton's second PAT attempt was blocked, ending his streak of 54 straight extra points. It was the third-longest streak in Army history. Despite the block, Carlton's 41 extra points in 2010 stand as the fiftth-most on Army's single-season list.

Carlton's 44-yard field goal with 2:39 left in the second quarter was his 11th straight made field goal try. Carlton finished the season with15 field goal, tied for third-best in Academy history.

Carlton's 44-yard field goal was the longest in Army bowl history. Craig Stopa held the previous mark with a 39-yard kick against Illinois in the 1985 Peach Bowl.

Carlton's four points increased his season total to a team-high 86, the seventh-highest total in West Point history.

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