Army vs. Kent State Postgame Notes (PDF)
Army’s 17-14 overtime victory over Kent State marked the first time that the Black Knights have won their home opener since 1996 (37-20 vs. Ohio Univ.), improving Army’s record in home openers to 95-19-3.
The game was only the second overtime contest played in program history. Army defeated Louisville, 59-52, on Oct. 7, 1999, in double-overtime and improves to 2-0 all-time in overtime affairs.
Army avoided its eighth consecutive 0-2 start with the win at Michie Stadium Saturday afternoon. The last time the Black Knights split their first two games of the season was in 1998 when they lost to Miami (Ohio) in the season opener and followed with a defeat of Cincinnati, 37-20.
Army extended its home winning streak to three straight games dating back to last season. It is the Black Knights’ longest home winning streak since 1997. Army has defeated Massachusetts (27-24), Arkansas State (38-10) and Kent State (17-14, OT) in its last three home contests.
The win moves Army’s all-time record against schools that currently comprise the Mid-American Conference to 12-5.
Army held possession of the ball for 34:15 against Kent State, marking the longest they have had the ball since Nov. 12 of last year against Massachusetts (34:58). The Black Knights have racked up better than 34 minutes in time of possession in two of their last five games, dating back to last season.
Army ran 75 offensive plays against Kent State, the most since taking 82 snaps against Connecticut on Oct. 1 last season.
Junior QB David Pevoto completed 10 consecutive passes in the first half, covering five straight possessions, for the Black Knights. In his second career start, Pevoto set career bests with 14 completions on 28 attempts for 104 yards.
Freshman RB Tony Moore scored the first two touchdowns of his career, going over from one yard out with 19 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. He later scored on a 6-yard run at the seven-minute mark of the second quarter that put Army in the lead 14-7. Moore established career highs with his 14 carries for 35 yards.
Moore’s two-touchdown performance marked the first time an Army player scored two touchdowns in a game since Carlton Jones and Scott Wesley both did it against Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005. Moore is the first freshman in five years to score two touchdowns in a game (Carlton Jones vs. Air Force on Nov. 9, 2002).
Sophomore RB Wesley McMahand established career highs in both rushing attempts (19) and rushing yards (90). Junior FB Mike Viti set personal bests with eight yards rushing on two carries and three receptions for 24 yards.
Sophomore RB Jamal Robinson received his first career carries. He finished with six totes for 23 yards.
Four Army players recorded their first career receptions. Sophomore WR Mike Wright caught three passes for 24 yards; junior TE Justin Larson caught one pass for 11 yards; senior WR Mike Castelli caught one ball for seven yards; and Ricky Lay grabbed one pass for two yards.
Sophomore FS Lowell Garthwaite intercepted his first career pass, snaring a Julian Edelman aerial at the Army 41-yard line in the second quarter and recovered his first career fumble, stuffing Kent State’s only overtime possession. Additionally, his four tackles on the day stands as a career best.
Garthwaite did not attend the Academy last year, opting to return home to take care of his mother, who was ill with cancer. Garthwaite had to reapply to the Academy and was accepted.
Senior LB Cason Shrode forced a fumble in the overtime that was recovered by Lowell Garthwaite.
Senior DE Cameron Craig recorded a career high 10 tackles against Kent State, bettering his previous mark of nine stops opposite Arkansas State last season.
Craig was credited with one-half a sack against Kent State, improving his school record for career sacks to 12.5.
Senior LB Barrett Scruggs was credited with seven tackles, including 2.5 for a loss. That figure established a new career high. He also finished with one pass breakup.
SPECIAL T EAMS NOTES
Senior PK Austin Miller kicked the game-winning field in the first overtime, lifting Army to the win. Miller was moved from free safety, where he played in the spring, back to kicker this fall where he began his college career. His 36-yard field goal matched his season long from a week ago. He is now 3-for-4 on the year in field goal attempts and 7-for-9 in his career.