ARMY VS. LOUISIANA TECH (OCT. 25, 2008)
Army and Louisiana Tech clashed for the first time Saturday afternoon on Pete Dawkins Day at windswept Michie Stadium. The Black Knights posted their third win in four games with a 14-7 victory.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins was honored at halftime with his uniform number 24 officially retired. Dawkins joins fellow Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis as the only two football players in Army history to have their numbers officially retired. Davis’ number 41 was officially retired by the Army Athletic Association in 2004.
Four of the Black Knights last five contests have been decided by four points or less. The only game in that stretch decided by more than four points resulted in a 44-13 Army victory. The Black Knights dropped their first three games by an average of 21.7 points per game.
For the second week in a row, Army enjoyed a lead at the half. Prior to last week’s game at Buffalo, the Black Knights enjoyed a halftime advantage on just one occasion in their previous six contests.
Army registered three victories in four games during the month of October, marking the Black Knights best month since a 3-0 showing in November, 2005.
Army has now won three of four games for just the third time since 1997 and first time since 2005.
With Saturday’s victory, the Black Knights matched their seasonal victory total from each of the last two years. Army finished
with a 3-9 record in each of those seasons.
The Black Knights recorded their first victory over a Western Athletic Conference team since beating New Mexico State 35-18 in 1999.
Army won Saturday, despite losing the turnover battle 4-1 and allowing Louisiana Tech to start five drives in Black Knight territory.
Army’s 14 points marked its lowest scoring total in a victory since the Black Knights topped Rhode Island 14-7 in overtime on Sept. 8, 2007.
Army had its string of consecutive 280-yard rushing games snapped at four after being limited to 203 ground yards by Louisiana Tech on Saturday. It marked the Black Knights lowest rushing total since Akron held Army to 160 ground yards on Sept. 20.
Senior FB Collin Mooney saw his string of consecutive games rushing for at least 170 yards halted at three by Louisiana Tech. Mooney was held to 57 yards on 17 attempts by the Bulldogs after averaging 196.0 rushing yards in his previous three outings.
Collin Mooney boosted his seasonal rushing total to 874 yards, the highest single season ground total by an Army player since Carlton Jones posted 1024 rushing yards in 2005. Mooney, who stands 24th on Army’s single season rushing chart, needs 126 yards to become the 10th player in Army history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Nine different Black Knights have accounted for 12 1,000-yard rushing seasons to date.
Junior RB Ian Smith scored both of Army’s touchdowns versus Louisiana Tech, one rushing and one receiving. The scores marked the first of Smith’s collegiate career.
Ian Smith finished Saturday’s game with 41 yards rushing on four carries. He entered the game with just four rushes for 17 yards this season.
Chip Bowden threw his first career touchdown pass, a 2-yard play to Ian Smith for the game-winning score.
For the third time in four games, Army held its opponent to 13 points or less in defeating Louisiana Tech 14-7 on Saturday.
Louisiana Tech managed just seven points, despite gaining possession in Army territory on five occasions.
For the second straight week, Army held its opponent below 100 yards rushing. After limiting Buffalo to just 41 ground yards last week, Army held Louisiana Tech to 68 yards rushing on Saturday. It marked the first time that Army has held consecutive opponents below 100 yards rushing since keeping Ball State (93) and East Carolina (52) below the century mark during back-to-back contests in 1999.
Army held Louisiana Tech to 152 total yards on Saturday. It marked the lowest total yardage output by an Army opponent since the Black Knights held Yale to 82 yards in 1996. It also marked the lowest total offense figure by a team currently competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision team against Army since Vanderbilt had 145 (54 rushing, 91 passing) yards of offense on Nov. 15, 1975.
Prior to Saturday, Army had not held a Football Bowl Subdivision team below 200 total yards since limiting Tulane to 198 total yards on Nov. 16, 2002.
The Black Knights’ defense has allowed 131 points (discounting opponent special teams and defensive scores) through eight contests (16.4 ppg.). Overall, Army ranked 51st nationally in scoring defense (22.7) entering the game.
One week after registering five quarterback sacks against Buffalo, Army’s defense notched five more sacks on Saturday. Four different players recorded sacks versus Louisiana Tech, led by sophomore DE Josh McNary, who finished with two.
Sophomore LB Stephen Anderson paced Army with 10 tackles on Saturday, including a team-best three for loss. Anderson has registered double figures in stops during three of the last five games.
Army held Louisiana Tech to just seven points on Saturday, marking the lowest total by a Football Bowl Subdivision squad versus the Black Knights since Army shut out Akron 20-0 on Oct. 22, 2005.
Sophomore K Matt Campbell drilled both his PAT attempts to improve to 10 for 10 on the season. Campbell had his streak of games with at least one field goal stopped at six. He is 6 for 7 on the season with his only miss coming from 51 yards in overtime at Buffalo.
Sophomore LB Rod Murray made one special teams tackle against the Bulldogs. Murray is Army’s leading special teams tackler with 10.