Army Hosts Boston College Saturday Afternoon

Marques Avery

Marques Avery

Oct. 4, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team continues its season-long three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 6, by hosting Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Boston College. Kickoff for the game is slated for 12 p.m.

Saturday's game falls on "West Point Olympians Day" and former West Pointers who have participated in the Olympic Games will be honored throughout the day.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday's contest to a national audience with Ben Holden (play by play), Randy Cross (color analyst) and West Point Cadet Tommy Busterud (sideline reporter) calling the action.

The Army Sports Network will have the audio call of the game on its flagship station WABC (770-AM), as well as WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM), SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Sirius channel 112/XM channel 190) and Knight Vision. Rich DeMarco (play by play), Dean Darling (color analyst) and Tony Morino (sideline reporter) will cover the game on the Army Sports Network.

Live statistics for the contest will be offered via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official website ( In-game Twitter updates will also be provided from the Black Knights' official football handle (@Army_Football). A live blog will also be provided.

Army (0-4) dropped a 23-3 decision to Football Championship Subdivision foe Stony Brook last weekend. The Black Knights fumbled the ball away four times, including twice inside the 10-yard line, in last week's setback.

Boston College (1-3) suffered a 45-31 home defeat to 17th-ranked Clemson last Saturday. BC racked up 420 yards of total offense and only trailed by three points at halftime, but the Eagles ran out of gas in the second half en route to their second consecutive defeat.

Army head coach Rich Ellerson has never faced Boston College in his 13 years as a collegiate head coach. Ellerson, who is in his fourth season at West Point, owns a 15-26 record as the Black Knights mentor. His career record stands at 75-67.

Frank Spaziani, who has been on the Boston College staff since 1997, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Eagles program. The long-time college coach, who served as an assistant at Navy during the late 1970s and early 1980s, shows a 21-22 career record.

The Black Knights' rushing offense, which ranks second in the nation with 367.5 yards per game, is led by junior running back Raymond Maples, who is averaging 121.8 rushing yards per contest. Maples, who has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in three of Army's first four games, is coming off an 81-yard effort versus Stony Brook.

Sophomore fullback Larry Dixon, who has two 100-yard rushing games to his credit this season, ranks second on the team with an 83.0 yards per game average and four touchdowns.

Trent Steelman, Army's all-time leading rusher as a quarterback, directs the Black Knights' triple option attack. The senior signal caller has rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns and thrown for 192 yards and another score.

Sophomore wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence paces the Black Knights' receiving corps with three receptions for 70 yards. Junior wide out Patrick Laird, who hauled in a 33-yard aerial last week, has caught three passes for 49 yards.

Army's defense is allowing nearly 475 yards of total offense and more than 38 points per game through four weeks of play. The Black Knights showed signs of improvement last week, holding Stony Brook to 23 points and registering 11 tackles for loss.

Sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon, who has reached double digits in tackles three times already this season, leads the stop unit with 43 hits. Senior linebacker Nate Combs, who lists third on the team with 21 tackles, paces the Black Knights with six tackles for loss and four sacks. The fourth-year performer posted two sacks and a forced fumble against Stony Brook last week.

Boston College's offense, which is putting up 27.5 points per contest, does most of its damage through the air. The Eagles' prolific passing attack is led by junior quarterback Chase Rettig, who is averaging nearly 325 yards per game. The third-year QB is completing 57.1 percent of his passes (97-for-170) for 1,297 yards and nine touchdowns in four starts.

Rettig's favorite target is junior wide receiver Alex Amidon, who leads the team with 33 receptions, 559 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Amidon was named the ACC Receiver of the Week on Monday after catching eight passes for 193 yards and two TDs versus Clemson last week.

Junior running back Andre Williams paces Boston College's rushing offense with 178 yards and two scores.

The BC defense is yielding 438.5 yards of total offense and 27.8 points per game. The Eagles have given up more than 40 points twice already this season.

Senior linebacker Nick Clancy paces the Boston College defensive unit with 53 tackles. Sophomore defensive end Brian Mihalik (three tackles for loss, one sack) and junior defensive end Kasim Edebali (2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) have proven to be playmakers on defense as well.

Army and Boston College have met 36 times previously, but the two Northeast schools have not faced off since 2007. The Eagles have won the last five encounters, including a 37-17 victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass., during the 2007 campaign. Army's most recent win over Boston College dates back to a 49-7 verdict in 1995.

Following Saturday's game versus Boston College, Army will close out its three-game homestand by hosting Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 13. The game, which falls on Homecoming Weekend, is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m.

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