Army and Georgia Tech squared off for just the fourth time on Saturday and first time since 1973. It marked the Black Knights’ fourth visit to Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Saturday’s matchup against Georgia Tech marked Army’s third game against a school from the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Army dropped a 21-10 decision at Wake Forest and a 37-17 verdict at Boston College last month.
A heavy underdog entering the game, Army trailed Georgia Tech by just 13-10 at the half.
With Saturday’s loss to Georgia Tech, Army’s losing streak away from Michie Stadium stretched to nine games. The Black Knights have now lost seven consecutive games on their opponent’s home field. Army has also dropped six consecutive verdicts against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and 17 straight road contests against ACC foes.
Army failed in its quest to level its overall record at 4-4 after eight games for the first time since 1996.
Junior RB Tony Dace registered his first career start against Georgia Tech. Thirteen different players have recorded their first career starts for the Black Knights this season, eight on defense and five on offense.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble, who became Army’s career receptions leader last week against Central Michigan, extended his consecutive games streak with at least one reception to 18 games dating back to last year. Trimble has pulled down at least three passes in each of those 18 contests. Trimble stretched his school record career reception total to 159 with four receptions on Saturday.
Jeremy Trimble pulled down a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, extending his string of consecutive games with at least one touchdown catch to four. Trimble now stands tied with Mike Fahnestock (USMA ’81) for third place on Army’s career touchdown receptions list with 13. Trimble had a second touchdown reception called back on Saturday due to a holding penalty.
Jeremy Trimble finished with 83 receiving yards on four receptions. Trimble became only the second player in Army history to record more than 2,000career receiving yards (2,071).
Jeremy Trimble moved into ninth place on Army’s career all-purpose yards list with 84 all-purpose yards versus Georgia Tech. He now has 2,727 for his career, passing former Black Knight RB Greg King (USMA ’78) on Saturday.
Jeremy Trimble completed a throw-back pass to sophomore QB Carson Williams in the second quarter. It marked the first career pass attempt for Trimble and the first career reception for Williams.
Freshman RB Patrick Mealy ripped off a career-long 31-yard run in the second quarter. It marked Army’s second-longest rush from scrimmage this season.
Patrick Mealy rushed eight times for 53 yards in the first half. Mealy’s career high rushing total entering the game had been 49 yards, attained during a September win over Temple. He finished the day with a career-high 86 ground yards on 18 carries.
Junior LB John Plumstead registered his first career start against Georgia Tech. Plumstead, a special teams stalwart, started in place of injured senior Charlie Rockwood, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Central Michigan last season. Thirteen different players have recorded their first career starts for the Black Knights this season, eight on defense and five on offense.
Junior LB John Plumstead notched his first career tackle for loss when he stopped Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice in the backfield for a two-yard loss in the first quarter. He registered consecutive tackles for loss in the second quarter, the second on his first career sack. Plumstead finished with four tackles for loss on the day, including two sacks.
John Plumstead’s sack of Georgia Tech QB Taylor Bennett in the second quarter marked the first sack allowed by the Yellow Jackets since a Sept. 22 loss to Virginia, four games prior.
Senior DB Brandon White registered his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter.
Freshman LB Stephen Anderson notched both his first career tackles and first career tackle for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Senior P-K Owen Tolson drilled a career-long 45-yard field goal in the second quarter. His previous long had been 36 yards. It marked the longest field goal for the Black Knights since Austin Miller hit a 47-yarder against Baylor last September.
Owen Tolson punted seven times against Georgia Tech. He dropped three of those kicks inside the Yellow Jackets’ 20-yard line. His first three kicks landed inside the Georgia Tech 11-yard line. Tolson’s 21 kicks inside the 20-yard line in 2007 are a career high.