POSTGAME NOTES ARMY VS. TEMPLE (AUG. 29, 2008)
Army opened its 119th season of intercollegiate competition on Friday with a 35-7 loss to Temple. Army’s losing streak in season openers stretched to 12 games with the setback to the Owls. The Black Knights have not captured a season opener since defeating Ohio in 1996.
The Black Knights saw their modest two-game winning streak in home openers snapped on Friday.
With Friday’s loss to Temple, Army now stands 96-20-3 in home openers.
After dropping six straight games to end the 2007 campaign, the Black Knights’ overall losing streak extended to seven with Friday’s setback to Temple.
Temple’s victory marked the Owls’ second against Army in six tries overall. Temple’s only other win over Army dates back to 1994.
Army committed three turnovers that led directly to 14 Temple points (the other turnover was an interception inside the Owls’ 25-yard line) and surrendered a kickoff return for another score. All three of the Black Knights’ turnovers occurred in the first half. The Owls then returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.
Six Army players drew their career starts versus Temple on Friday, two on offense (junior OT Ali Villanueva, senior FB Collin Mooney) and five on defense (sophomore LB Josh McNary, junior DB Mario Hill, sophomore DB Donovan Travis, sophomore DB Jordan Trimble).
Army debuted its new option-based offensive attack against Temple on Friday. The Black Knights outgained Temple by 284-250 margin and held a 37:05-22:55 time of possession advantage. Army last outgained an opponent when it did so versus Wake Forest early last year (Sept. 15). Army held a time of possession advantage in five contests last season.
The Black Knights finished with 210 yards rushing and held a 210-84 advantage against the Owls on the ground. It marked Army’s highest rushing total since notching 276 ground yards opposite VMI in 2006. It marked the Black Knights’ highest rushing total versus a Football Bowl Subdivision squad since Army ran for 300 yards against Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.
Army held a 17-16 advantage in first downs.
Senior FB Collin Mooney established career highs in both rushing attempts (26) and rushing yards (81) in the contest. Mooney entered the game with just six career carries and 22 career rushing yards.
Sophomore WR Jameson Carter registered the first three catches of his Army career. He recorded 32 yards receiving, including a long catch of 19 yards.
Eight different players registered runs from scrimmage for the Black Knights. Collin Mooney led the way with 26 carries, followed by junior QB Carson Williams with 10. No other Army player carried the ball more than six times.
Army enjoyed its largest time of possession advantage since holding a 37:38-22:22 cushion against Louisville in 2000.
Sophomore LB Josh McNary paced Army with a career-high eight tackles in his first career start.
Sophomore DB Richard King notched the first interception of his career, snaring a batted ball to end Temple’s first possession of the contest.
The Black Knights held Temple to 250 total yards, including just 84 ground markers.
Army forced a turnover on Temple’s first possession, but did not register another takeaway the rest of the contest.