POSTGAME NOTES ARMY VS. BUFFALO (OCT. 18, 2008)
Army made its first visit to UB Stadium on Saturday, battling the Bulls for the third time overall. It marked the teams’ first meeting since Nov. 10, 2001. Both of the clubs’ previous meetings took place at West Point. Army and Buffalo were scheduled to square off on Sept. 15, 2001, but the game was postponed until later that November following the Sept. 11 attacks on our nation.
Following last week’s 17-13 defeat of Eastern Michigan, the Black Knights attempted to register their third consecutive victory against Buffalo on Saturday. Army’s last three-game winning streak dates back to 2005.
Army enjoyed a 10-3 lead at halftime, marking just the second time in seven games that the Black Knights have held an advantage at the break this season. The Black Knights led Tulane at halftime earlier this month en route to a 44-13 victory.
The game marked the sixth overtime contest in Black Knights’ history. It was the first time Army lost a game in extra sessions, dropping its record to 5-1. The Black Knights have now played at least one overtime game in the last three seasons. Their last foray past regulation was a 20-17 win against Tulane at Michie Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007.
The Bulls points in overtime represented the first time the Black Knights allowed a score in an extra period since Oct. 7, 1999 versus Louisville the team’s first overtime contest.
Army finished with 320 yards rushing, boosting its seasonal average. The Black Knights entered the game ranked 10th nationally in rushing, averaging 241.8 ground yards per contest.
The Black Knights have now rushed for at least 280 yards in four straight contests. Army rushed for at least 280 yards five times consecutively during 1998.
Collin Mooney boosted his seasonal rushing total to 817 yards, the highest single season ground total by an Army player since Carlton Jones had 1,024 in 2005.
Collin Mooney notched his team-high sixth touchdown of the season when he scampered 81 yards for a score with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter. Mooney scored two touchdowns on Saturday versus Buffalo. His other four touchdowns this season came against Tulane and he now has seven career TDs.
Collin Mooney’s career-long 81-yard touchdown run versus Buffalo marked Army’s longest run from scrimmage since a 95-yard run by Michael Wallace versus Tulane on Oct. 21, 2000. Mooney’s dash stands tied for the sixth-longest run in Army history.
Collin Mooney rushed for 172 yards on 16 carries, topping the century mark for the third consecutive game. Mooney is the first Army player to rush for at least 100 yards in three straight games since Carlton Jones accomplished the feat in 2004 (108 versus TCU, 180 versus Cincinnati and 225 versus South Florida).
Sophomore WR Jameson Carter registered his first collegiate start at wide receiver.
After not completing a pass in last week’s defeat of Eastern Michigan, Army completed its first pass attempt versus Buffalo in the first quarter. The play resulted in an 11-yard reception by WR Damion Hunter.
Sophomore RB Patrick Mealy scored his second touchdown of the season (and first since Sept. 27 vs. Texas A&M) with a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by senior FB Collin Mooney’s career-long 26-yard reception. The score staked Army to an early 7-0 lead and marked the third straight week that the Black Knights scored the game’s first points.
Junior FB Bryson Carl accounted for 31 yards on Army’s 65-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. He carried six times for 31 yards on the 14-play drive that culminated in a 34-yard field goal by Matt Campbell.
After holding Eastern Michigan scoreless in the second half last week, Army shut out Buffalo in the first quarter on Saturday. It stretched the Black Knights’ consecutive scoreless streak to three quarters. That streak was snapped when A.J. Principe kicked a 36-yard field goal for the Bulls with 9:56 remaining in the second quarter.
The Black Knights’ defense has allowed 124 points (discounting opponent special teams and defensive scores) through seven contests (17.7 ppg.). Overall, Army ranked 50th nationally in scoring defense (22.0) entering the game.
Junior DT Ted Bentler notched his first full quarterback sack of the season in the first quarter. Bentler now has 1.5 sacks on the year. Bentler totaled 3.0 sacks last fall.
Army registered a season-high five quarterback sacks versus Buffalo. It was Army’s five-sack game since the Rhode Island game last season.
The Black Knights’ allowed just one pass play longer than 20 yards before yielding consecutive passing gains of 32 and 42 late in the third quarter. The plays set up Buffalo’s first touchdown with 2:51 remaining in the third quarter.
Freshman DB Antuan Aaron recorded his first collegiate start at cornerback.
Army allowed Buffalo a season-high 21 second-half points on Saturday. The Black Knights had not allowed two touchdowns in the second half since the first two contests of the season.
Sophomore K Matt Campbell drilled his first field goal attempt (34 yards) and three extra points versus Buffalo. Campbell’s 51-yard miss in overtime was his first missed kick of the season. He is now 6 of 7 on field goals and 8 for 8 on PATs. Campbell’s 34-yard field goal with 2:55 remaining in the second quarter capped a 14-play, 65-yard scoring drive for the Black Knights.