WEST POINT, N.Y. - Three different players scored touchdowns and the Army defense limited North Texas to 11 first downs as the Black Knights posted a 24-0 victory, Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
On a day when the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 was honored, the Black Knights rolled up 292 yards on the ground and improved to 2-1 in the season. North Texas fell to 0-3.
Patrick Mealy, Malcolm Brown and Trent Steelman each scored rushing touchdowns and Alex Carlton kicked a field goal as Army pitched its first shutout since dispatching Akron, 20-0, on Oct. 22, 2005. The contest marked Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since a 30-0 victory over Colgate on Sept. 11, 1993.
Seven different players carried the ball for Army which ran 57 times for 292 yards, including two negative plays at the end of the contest.
Brian Cobbs rushed seven times for 75 yards, Steelman carried 11 times for 68 yards, Mealy picked up 46 yards on five carries, Jacob Bohn bulled his way to 38 yards on eight carries and Brown rushed five times for 29 yards. Freshman Jon Crucitti made his collegiate debut and gained 27 yards on 13 carries. Steelman connected on 5-of-10 passes for 45 yards.
Jordan Trimble made nine tackles, collected a tackle for loss, intercepted a pass at the goal line and broke up two passes to pace the Army defense. Stephen Anderson made eight tackles while Josh McNary posted two sacks among his five tackles. Mike Gann had four tackles and two tackles for loss.
Army's defense held North Texas to 95 yards rushing and 106 yards passing and just 11 first downs. Lance Dunbar carried 12 times for 42 yards and back-up quarterback Riley Dodge hit on 8-of-17 passes for 63 yards. Starting quarterback Derek Thompson was 6-of-11 for 43 yards before leaving the game with an injury.
The Black Knights forced a punt on North Texas' first possession and then went ahead to stay. Mealy ran for 17 yards on the opening play then carried for eight more two plays later. After a short Bohn run, Mealy rushed for four and then scored on a nine-yard run. Carlton kicked the PAT to cap the six-play, 42-yard drive for a 7-0 Army lead with 11:01 left in the first quarter.
Army added to its advantage midway through the second quarter. Anderson recovered a North Texas fumble on the Mean Green 14-yard line. Brown picked up seven on first down, Crucitti gained five yards on two carries and then Brown found paydirt from two yards out for a 14-0 lead.
The Black Knights scored their third touchdown on their second possession of the second half. Following a punt, they methodically marched 79 yards in 11 plays while chewing up close to six minutes.
Brown gained 10 on first down and Steelman hit Austin Barr for two completions totaling 18 yards later in the drive. Back-to-back four yard runs by Cobbs and Bohn was followed by a nine-yard George Jordan catch. That led to Steelman scoring on a 20-yard run and a 21-0 Army lead with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Carlton closed the scoring with a 23-yard field goal early in the final quarter.
That was more than enough offense for the Black Knights who limited North Texas to a 4-of-13 showing on third down and helped the Black Knights to a nine-minute advantage in time of possession.
Army improved to 2-1 with the win and will play at Duke next weekend. Kickoff at Wallace Wade Stadium is set for 3 p.m. A video stream of the game will be provided through espn3.com.