POSTGAME NOTES -- ARMY VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (10-13-07)
Army and Central Michigan squared off for just the second time on Saturday. It marked the Black Knights’ first visit to Mt. Pleasant.
Saturday’s matchup against Central Michigan marked Army’s third game against a school from the Mid-American Conference this season. Army dropped a 22-14 verdict to Akron earlier this season and defeated Temple 37-21.
Army had its mini two-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s loss to Central Michigan. Army’s losing streak away from Michie Stadium stretched to eight games (six on the opponent’s home field).
With Saturday’s loss to Central Michigan, Army failed in an attempt to lift its overall record above .500 for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights’ record was last above .500, 111 games prior.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble set career highs with 11 catches for 169 yards. He tied his career best with two touchdown receptions set against Navy in 2005.
With 11 catches, senior WR Jeremy Trimble became Army’s career receptions leader with 155. Trimble surpassed the previous record of 147 receptions established by Clennie Brundidge from 1975 through 1978. Trimble also moved into second place on Army’s career receiving yardage list on Saturday with 1,988 yards, moving past Aaron Alexander (2002-04) on the list. Trimble stands 291 receiving yards shy of Brundidge’s Army record total.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams drew his fifth straight start beneath center (ninth career) for the Black Knights. Williams had been sidelined late in the win over Tulane after absorbing a hit to the head.
Senior WR Corey Anderson pulled down a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, giving the Black Knights’ their first offensive touchdown (first offensive points) in the first quarter this season. It marked Anderson’s first touchdown reception of the season and the fourth of his career.
Army sophomore QB Carson Williams went 5-for-5 for 56 yards through the air to lead the Black Knights’ first scoring drive. He capped the 4-play, 69-yard march with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Corey Anderson.
Army QB Carson Williams threw interceptions on consecutive passes deep inside Army territory over a span of the first and second quarters. Central Michigan parlayed both turnovers into touchdowns, stretching a 13-9 lead to 26-9 with 12:18 to play in the second quarter. Kevin Dunn came on in relief of Williams and had his first pass attempt picked off.
Army QB Carson Williams established new career highs with 18 completions and 201 yards. He is the first Army player to pass for 200 yards in a game since Zac Dahman versus Navy in 2005.
The Black Knights committed turnovers on four straight possessions (3 interceptions, 1 fumble) during stretch that spanned the first and second quarters. All four miscues occurred deep in Army territory. Central Michigan parlayed those turnovers into 20 points, scoring three touchdowns.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble moved into a tie for fourth place on Army’s career touchdown receptions list. His two scores in the game, increased his career total to 12, tying him with Aaron Alexander.
Army committed five first-half turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble). Central Michigan parlayed those turnovers into 20 of their 33 first-half points. The Black Knights managed just one takeaway on defense in the first 30 minutes. Army entered the game ranked 53rd nationally in turnover margin (+0.17). For the game, Army committed seven turnovers and recorded just one takeaway for a -6 margin.
Senior QB Kevin Dunn entered the game in relief of starter Carson Williams in the second quarter and threw two interceptions (one off a tipped pass) and a touchdown before halftime.
Sophomore RB Ian Smith saw his first action of the 2007 season. Smith rushed five times for 35 yards.
In the most extensive game action of his career, Kevin Dunn tied his career high with six pass completions and established new career bests in pass attempts (12) and passing yards (82). He also threw his second touchdown in as many weeks.
Junior RB Tony Dace carried the ball a career-high 14 times, gaining 46 yards.
Army allowed 33 points in the first half, the largest first half scoring total allowed by the Black Knights since last year’s loss to Air Force when the Black Knights’ yielded 43 points to the Falcons. Army entered Saturday’s contest allowing an average of just 20.8 points per game and had permitted more than 22 points just once through its first six games. Army’s 47 points allowed are the most since Rice scored 48 on Sept. 30, 2006.
Junior LB Frank Scappaticci registered his first career interception in the first half off a tipped pass. The pass was initially batted by senior DE Brandon Thompson.
Senior LB Charlie Rockwood recorded a career-high 11 tackles in the setback to Central Michigan. Rockwood registered 10 tackles in the first half alone. His previous career high in tackles stood at eight.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Freshman DB Rod Murray blocked a punt following a bad snap by Central Michigan in the first quarter. The ball went through the end zone for a safety, leading to the Black Knights’ first points of the game. It marked Army’s second punt block of the season and first since its opener against Akron.
After dropping five punts inside Tulane’s 20-yard line last week, senior P Owen Tolson knocked two punts inside Central Michigan’s 20-yard line on Saturday. Tolson has now dropped 18 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season and 52 for his career. His previous seasonal high entering this season was 17, done twice.