WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army will try to ride the momentum of its come-from-behind victory at Eastern Michigan when it hosts Hawai’i on Saturday, Sept. 11. Kickoff at Michie Stadium is set for 12 p.m.
The Black Knights trailed the Eagles, 27-24, with less than three minutes to go, but put together an 8-play, 72-yard touchdown drive capped by a 7-yard run by sophomore FB Jared Hassin with 38 seconds left to take the win.
TELEVISION CBS College Sports Network Play-by-Play: Dave Ryan Color Analyst: Jason Sehorn Cadet Sideline Reporter: Andy Nicholas Channel Lineup: Time Warner Cable (Newburgh, N.Y.) -- 457; DirecTV -- 613; Dish Network -- 152
ARMY RADIO Army Sports Network Flagship: WABC (770-AM, New York, N.Y.) Affiliates: WALL (1340-AM, Middletown, N.Y.); WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco Color Analyst: Dean Darling Sideline: Tony Marino Program Hosts: Bob Outer & John Minko
The 90-minute “Army Football Tailgate Show,” begins at 10 a.m. Pre-game coverage starts at 11:30 a.m.
ARMY SPANISH RADIO Army Sports Network WNSW (1430 AM, Newark, N.J.) Play-by-Play: Clemson Smith Muniz Color Analyst: Roberto Abramowitz
SATELLITE RADIO The Army Sports Network game broadcast will be carried via Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 152) and beginning at 12 p.m.
INTERNET STREAMING The entire Army Sports Network broadcast, including the “Army Football Tailgate Show,” will be streamed live via ITT Knight Vision on www.goARMYsports.com each week. Subscription fees apply.
On Tuesdays of game weeks, Rich Ellerson’s weekly press conference will be video streamed live on ITT Knight Vision. Thursday’s “This Week in Army Football,” show will also be video streamed live. Both events are available only to ITT Knight Vision subscribers.
COACHING MATCH UP ARMY HEAD COACH RICH ELLERSON Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1977 2nd Season at Army (6-7, .462) 11th Season Overall (66-48, .579) Record vs. Hawai’i: 0-0
HAWAI’I COACH GREG McMACKIN Alma Mater: Southern Oregon, 1969 3rd Season at Hawai’i (13-15, .464) 7th Season Overall (37-29-1, .560) Record vs. Army: 0-0
ARMY QUICK HITTERS The victory at Eastern Michigan marked the first time the Black Knights have started consecutive seasons with a win since 1995 and 1996. Army has not started 2-0 since the 1996 squad won its first nine games.
Jared Hassin was one of eight first-time starters for the Black Knights, four on offense, four on defense. He made his collegiate debut a memorable one with 68 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. It was the most rushing scores by an Army player since Colllin Mooney scored four times against Tulane on Oct. 4, 2008.
Army’s 309 rushing yards represented it highest ground total since the 2008 season. Since 1996, Army has posted a 22-7 mark when running for at least 300 yards.
The Black Knights’ four touchdowns against EMU snapped an 11-game streak of reaching the end zone two times or less. Their 31 offensive points marked the highest output since scoring 31 at Rice on Nov. 8, 2008.
Army makes its 2010 home debut on Saturday. The Black Knights have lost their last two home openers. Their last victory in their first game of the season Michie Stadium was a 14-7 overtime win over Rhode Island in 2007.
The Black Knights have won three of their last four games dating back to last season. Army has not posted four wins in a five-game stretch since a four-game winning streak from Oct. 22 through Nov. 19, 2005.
Army is becoming adept at pulling out tight games. The Black Knights’ last five victories have been by seven points or less. In each of the five wins, Army has scored the winning points in the fourth quarter or overtime. The total margin of victory in head coach Rich Ellerson’s six wins at West Point is 36 points (6.0/game).
A WIN VS. HAWAI'I WOULD ... • Mark the first time Army has been 2-0 since 1996. • Push Army two games above the .500 mark since ending the 1996 campaign 10-2. • Even Rich Ellerson’s record at West Point at 7-7. • Be Army’s first win over the Warriors (0-1). • Be Army’s second straight home win and its fourth win in its last six home games. • Be the Black Knights’ second straight win over a WAC opponent (Louisiana Tech, 2008) • Snap Army’s two-game losing streak in home openers. • Be the 644th win in the 121 seasons of Army football (643-456-51; .581).
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS Hawai’i makes its first trip to New York this week when it comes to West Point. The Warriors are led by third-year head coach Greg McMackin. McMackin served two stints as Hawai’i’s defensive coordinator, most recently in 2007 when the Warriors posted a 12-0 mark and earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl with the nation’s 34th-ranked stop unit.
The Warriors return 48 letterwinners, including 12 starters. Hawai’i boasted the nation’s 14th-ranked offense (437.46 yds./game) and the third-rated passing game (337.00 yds./game) in 2009. The Warriors’ defense ranked 93rd (404.54 yds./game) in the nation.
Hawai’i opened its season on Thursday, Sept. 2 with a 49-36 home loss to 14th-ranked USC. The Warriors outgained the Trojans 588-524, including 459-252 through the air. Hawai’is 459-yard passing effort was the best in the nation during the season’s first week.
The Warriors run-and-shoot offense showed quick-strike capability against the Trojans. Three of their four touchdown drives lasted less than three minutes and consisted of seven plays or less. Hawai’i scored three times on plays of 56, 65 and 30 yards.
The Warriors used three quarterbacks against USC. Starter Bryant Moniz was 18 for 36 with 269 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. Shane Austin connected on six of his nine throws for 141 yards and two scores, while Brent Rausch was 3 for 4 for 49 yards.
The Hawai’i quarterbacks distributed the ball to six different receivers led by Greg Salas’ eight catches. Salas was one of three receivers to crack the 100-yard mark. Kealoha Pilares caught five passes for 176 yards (35.2 yards/reception) and three touchdowns. Royce Pollard hauled in seven passes for 106 yards. All three players were among the top 20 nationally in receiving yards per game after the season’s first week.
Alex Green paced the Hawai’i rushing attack against the Trojans with 66 yards and a touchdown ononly nine carries. Chizzy Dimude averaged 10.2 yards per rush with 61 yards on six carries, while Moniz ran for 38 yards on 11 carries that included two losses on sacks. As a team, the Warriors ran for 129 yards on 29 carries (4.4/rush).
Free safety Mana Silva led the Hawai’i defense with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. He also recovered a fumble to account for the Warriors’ only takeaway.
Defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu had two tackles, including the Warriors’ only tackle for loss, a six-yard sack.
Scott Enos was 3 for 3 on field goal tries, hitting from 24, 40 and 18 yards out. He also averaged 51.0 yards per kickoff.
THE ARMY VS. HAWAI'I SERIES The Black Knights and Warriors have met just once on the gridiron. Hawai’i scored a 59-28 victory at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 22, 2003. This is the Warriors first trip to West Point, and their first trip to New York State.
ARMY VS. THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Hawai’i is the only Western Athletic Conference school on the 2010 schedule. No WAC opponents appear on Army’s 2011 or 2012 calendars.
The Black Knights’ last game against a WAC team was a 14-7 home win over Louisiana Tech on Oct. 25, 2008.
Army and the WAC members are not common opponents. The Black Knights have played just six games versus teams currently in the league. Army is 3-3 all-time versus the nine WAC squads (1-0 vs. Idaho, 1-0 vs. Louisiana Tech, 1-1 vs. New Mexico State, 0-1 vs. Hawai’i, 0-1 vs. Utah State). The Black Knights have never faced San Jose State, Boise State, Fresno State or Nevada.
THE LAST MEETING: HAWAI'I 59, ARMY 28 (NOV. 22, 2003) HONOLULU, Hawai’i — Timmy Chang threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns as Hawai’i racked up a school record 741 yards on offense and defeated Army 59-28 to earn an automatic bid to the Hawaii Bowl.Chang also ran for a score and became the seventh player in Division I-A history to break the 12,000-yard career passing mark.
The Warriors remained undefeated at Aloha Stadium, while the Black Knights dropped their 14th straight game.
Chang was 20-of-34 for 319 yards at halftime as Hawaii jumped to a 31-0 lead. Backup QB Jason Whieldon played most of the second half. Whieldon was 16-of-17 for 178 yards and a touchdown. Chad Owens provided the spark for the Warriors with 14 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown. John West added three second-half TDs, including scoring runs of 5 and 9 yards.
Hawaii broke the game open late in the first quarter with two touchdowns in nine seconds. Jason Rivers broke a couple of tackles near the line of scrimmage and sprinted up the middle for a 59-yard touchdown. On the next play, Kelvin Millhouse intercepted a pass from Army quarterback Zac Dahman and returned it 28 yards for a score, making it 17-0.
The Black Knights were led by Carlton Jones, who ran for 83 yards and two TDs. He also had four receptions for 87 yards, including a screen pass he took 59 yards for a score to draw Army to 38-14 in the third.
Dahman was 27-of-40 for 338 yards.
Linebacker Brian Hill picked off a Chang pass and ran 79 yards for Army’s first score.
BLACK KNIGHT NAILBITERS Army came out on top in another close game in its 31-27 win at Eastern Michigan to open the season. The Black Knights gave up a 10-point third-quarter lead, but scored the game-winning touchdown with only 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The last five Army victories have been by seven points or less with the winning points coming in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Ten (10) of Army’s last 12 wins against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents have been decided by a touchdown or less. Four of those wins have been in overtime.
Army’s 31-point victory at Tulane in 2008 represented the Black Knights’ largest margin of victory since a 62-7 win against VMI on Oct. 7, 2006. It was Army’s most lopsided victory against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 49-7 victory against Boston College on Oct. 21, 1995.
On the flip side, 17 of Army’s last 25 losses have been by at least 10 points. Eleven (11) of those 17 double-digit losses have been by at least 20 points.
NO (TURNOVER) MARGIN FOR ERROR Army has made one of its goals for the 2010 season to be the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in turnover margin. The Black Knights were tied for 29th in the nation last season with a +0.42 margin per game.
The Black Knights were successful in week one, earning a +2 turnover margin win at Eastern Michigan. Army recorded three takeaways (2 FR, 1 INT) while committing just one miscue of its own. Army is now 5-0 under head coach Rich Ellerson when on the plus side of the turnover battle.
In Army’s last six wins Army is averaging 3.2 takeaways and holds a +2.0 turnover margin average (20-8 overall). Conversely, in its last seven losses, Army is averaging just 1.0 takeaway per game and is on the wrong end of a -0.71 turnover margin average (7-12 overall).
Since the start of 2006, the Black Knights have posted a 9-2 record when winning the turnover battle. On the flip side, Army is 5-22 when on the wrong end of the turnover margin and 1-9 when the turnover margin is even.
Army is 1-8 in its last nine games without forcing an opponent turnover.
UP NEXT ... Army plays its second straight home game when it hosts North Texas. Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports Network. The game caps the annual Army sports Hall of Fame weekend.