Army squared off against Boston College for the 26th time on Saturday. It marked the Black Knights’ first visit to Alumni Stadium since 2005.
Boston College now leads its all-time series with Army by a 24-12 margin. The Eagles have prevailed in five straight series matchups and 10 of the last 11 battles between the schools, dating back to 1990. The Black Knights’ last victory over Boston College dates back to 1995.
Since 1995, Army has lost 12 straight games to nationally ranked opponents. The Black Knights have not defeated a nationally ranked opponent since topping Air Force in 1972.
Army had a third-quarter touchdown nullified due to a holding penalty. The 8-yard scoring pass from QB Carson Williams to WR Jeremy Trimble would have brought Army within 16-13, pending the extra point.
The Black Knights committed a season-high seven penalties (56 yards). Army averaged just four penalties in its first three games.
Army held a 3-2 advantage in takeways with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. It was the second time since the start of 2006 that the Black Knights were on the positive side of the turnover ledger.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams made his second start of the season (sixth career) in place of injured senior David Pevoto. Pevoto started Army’s opening two contests, but was injured in the second quarter against Rhode Island. Williams started each of the Black Knights’ final four games last season, opening with the lead unit against Tulane, Air Force, Notre Dame and Navy. He started last week’s game against Wake Forest as well.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams connected with WR Jeremy Trimble on a 44-yard pass play in the first quarter. It marked the Black Knights’ longest play from scrimmage this season.
For the fourth consecutive game, Army did not score in the first quarter. The Black Knights have been outscored 32-9 in first-quarter action this season.
Junior RB Wesley McMahand notched his second rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter and the sixth of his career. McMahand scampered into the end zone from the 7-yard line after a successful fake field goal attempt on 4th-and-5 from the BC 31-yard line.
Sophomore Jason Johnson made his third consecutive start at left tackle in place of injured starter Ray Zelenak.
Junior FB Collin Mooney recorded his first career pass reception in the third quarter.
Sophomore WR Damion Hunter set career highs with four catches and 37 yards.
Freshman RB Patrick Mealy established career highs with nine carries and 27 yards.
Sophomore DT Ted Bentler made his first career start at defensive tackle for the Black Knights. Bentler started in place of senior DT Tony Fusco. Fusco had started nine straight games prior to Saturday’s contest.
Senior DB Caleb Campbell registered his second forced fumble of the season in the second quarter, stripping the ball from Boston College WR Kevin Challenger at the Army 3-yard line. Senior DB Jordan Murray recovered the fumble.
When Boston College QB Matt Ryan hit WR Rich Gunnell with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, it marked the first time this season that Army’s defense has allowed more than one offensive touchdown in a game.
Senior LB Brian Chmura registered his first career interception in the fourth quarter, returning the pickoff 11 yards for a touchdown. It marked Army’s first interception return for a touchdown since Brian Hill returned an interception for a score against Hawai’i on Nov. 22, 2003.
Army entered the game without an interception on the season and the Black Knights’ notched two interceptions on Saturday. One pickoff was returned for a touchdown and the other led to an Army field goal.
Senior DB Kevin Opoku registered his first career interception off a tipped pass by junior LB Frank Scappaticci in the third quarter. Opoku’s 18-yard return gave Army possession at the BC 39-yard line and set up a 26-yard field goal by Owen Tolson midway through the third quarter. That score brought Army within 16-10 with 7:08 to play in the third quarter.
Opoku made a career-best nine tackles in the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Senior Owen Tolson handled all of Army’s kicking duties (kickoffs, placements, punts) the first time in his career on Saturday. Tolson, who has served as Army’s punter for three consecutive years, added kickoff responsibilities at the outset of this season. He handled all placements against Boston College due to an injury to starting placekicker Adam DeMarco. Tolson was named to the Ray Guy Watch List earlier this week.
Senior DT Tony Fusco blocked an extra point in the first quarter, his first kick block of the season and the seventh of his career.
Senior Owen Tolson missed his first career field goal attempt, narrowly hooking a 36-yard attempt in the first quarter wide left. He converted his first career extra point attempt in the second quarter. Tolson drilled his first career field goal a 26-yardermidway through the third quarter.
Junior H Andrew Rinehart completed a 24-yard shovel pass to TE Mike Evans off a fake field goal in the second quarter. It marked Rinehart’s first career pass attempt and a career-long reception for Evans.
Senior KR Corey Anderson had a career-best 207 yards on seven kick returns. His 242 all-purpose yards were also a career high.