TEAM Army and Iowa State battled for the third time Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. It marked the teams’ first meeting since 2005 and the Black Knights’ first visit to the state of Iowa. The Cyclones now hold a 2-1 series advantage. Army and Iowa State are not scheduled to meet again at this time.
Saturday’s matchup against Iowa State marked the Black Knights’ 30th clash against teams that currently comprise the Big 12 Conference and first since a year ago when Army visited Texas A&M. The Black Knights now stand 11-19 versus Big 12 competition.
Army’s last win over a Big 12 Conference team dates back to 2006 when the Black Knights defeated Baylor 27-20 in overtime at Waco, Texas.
Army was attempting to win consecutive road games for the first time since 2005 against Iowa State on Saturday.
Black Knight players donned the patch of the U.S. Army Special Forces on Saturday. Army wears a different U.S. Army division patch each week to honor soldiers worldwide.
For the fourth straight time this season, Army scored the first points of the game.
Army trailed at halftime 17-10. It marked the first time the Black Knights trailed at the break this season.
OFFENSE Junior Patrick Mealy drew his first collegiate start at fullback Saturday versus Iowa State. Mealy opened with the lead unit at slotback for each of the Black Knights first three games this season. He started three games at slotback a year ago.
Sophomore LT Brad Kelly made his collegiate starting debut for Army on Saturday.
Freshman QB Trent Steelman drew his fourth consecutive start beneath center for the Black Knights. With four starts this season, Steelman has already equaled the record for the most starts by a freshman at quarterback in Army’s modern era (since 1944).
Army was held without a score on its first drive of the game for the first time this season against Iowa State. The Black Knights scored touchdowns on their initial possession in each of their first three games.
Freshman RB Lonnie Liggins recorded his first career carry on a successful fourth-down conversion in the first quarter. The conversion led to an Army field goal.
Senior WR Alejandro Villanueva pulled down a 5-yard touchdown pass in second quarter, marking third straight game with a scoring reception. That marks longest such streak by an Army player since Jeremy Trimble recorded touchdown receptions in four consecutive games in 2007. Villanueva registered career highs with six catches for 77 yards. It was the best day by an Army receiver since Trimble caught 11 passes for 167 yards versus Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2007. Villanueva also hauled in a career-long 30-yard reception in the third quarter.
Army’s 130 yards passing marked its best output since gaining 328 yards through the air against Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2007.
Junior QB Chip Bowden registered his first touchdown pass of the season when he hit Alejandro Villanueva with a five-yard scoring aerial just before halftime. It marked Bowden’s third career touchdown pass (he tossed two last season).
Army’s 16-play scoring drive just before halftime marked the Black Knights’ longest scoring drive by play count this fall.
The Black Knights possessed the ball for more than 20 minutes in the first half, holding a 20:16-9:44 time of possession advantage in the opening two quarters.
Army registered a season-low 186 yards rushing against Iowa State on Saturday. The Black Knights entered the game ranked seventh nationally in rushing (257.7). Army had rushed for at least 207 yards in its first three contests this fall. DEFENSE Junior SS Desmond Lamb drew his first collegiate start for Army against Iowa State.
Iowa State RB Alexander Robinson finished with 127 yards rushing against Army. It marked the first time an opponent has rushed for more than 100 yards against the Black Knights’ defense this season.
Army’s defense entered Saturday’s game versus Iowa State ranked 16th nationally against the run, allowing just 77.0 ground yards per game. The Black Knights yielded a season-high 201 rushing yards to the Cyclones. Iowa State entered the game ranked 23rd nationally in rushing, averaging 209.3 yards per contest. No Army opponent had rushed for more than 121 yards prior to Iowa State.
Junior DE Josh McNary registered a sack for the fourth consecutive game. He ranks third on Army’s all-time list with 11 career sacks.
SPECIAL TEAMS Sophomore K Alex Carlton drilled a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter. Carlton his hit at least one field goal in each of his three games since assuming placekicking duties following Army’s season-opening defeat of Eastern Michigan.