Army and Rice met for just the fourth time on Saturday. It marked the Black Knights’ second visit to Rice Stadium first since 1958.
With Rice’s victory, the Owls grabbed a 2-1-1 edge in the all-time series between the schools.
With Saturday’s setback to Rice, Army now stands 2-4 against Conference USA opponents since departing the league following the 2004 campaign.
Army trailed 31-10 at halftime, marking the Black Knights’ largest halftime deficit since falling behind Air Force 43-0 on Nov. 3, 2006. The Black Knights lost three fumbles in the opening stanza, one in the Rice end zone and another on their own 30, which led to an Owl touchdown.
Army posted a season-high 461 yards rushing versus Rice on Saturday. The Black Knights rolled up 239 ground yards in the first half, but still trailed 31-10. It was the best rushing game by an Army since going for 480 yards versus Louisville on Oct. 7, 1999.
Senior FB Collin Mooney led all rushers with 207 ground yards on 26 carries. It marked the fifth time this year that Mooney has rushed for at least 90 yards in a game and his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Mooney is tied for 12th on Army’s list with four 100-yard rushing games in a season. He is the first Army player to register four 100-yard rushing games in a season since Carlton Jones accomplished the feat in 2005. He is the first Black Knight with a pair of 200-yard games in the same season since Jones in 2004.
Collin Mooney became the first player in Army history to have four games of at least 170 rushing yards in the same season. He is the third Black Knight ever to reach the 170-yard mark four times in their career (Carlton Jones & Willie McMillian).
Collin Mooney became the 10th player in Army history to register 1,000 rushing yards in a single season on Saturday versus Rice. Ten different Army players have now posted 13 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Mooney entered the game ranked 21st nationally at 107.33 rushing yards per contest.
Collin Mooney climbed to fourth place on Army’s single season rushing list with his 207-yard effort on Saturday. He now has 1,173 yards through 10 games this fall.
Collin Mooney and Chip Bowden now stand as the eight-best single season rushing duo in Army history. The pair has combined for 1,656 rushing yards this season.
Army scored a touchdown on the game’s first possession after Rice fumbled the opening kickoff. Collin Mooney accounted for 32 yards (5 carries) on the Black Knights six-play, 36-yard scoring drive.
Junior FB Bryson Carl ripped off career-long runs of 36 and 48 yards in the second quarter. Army’s fullbacks have registered nine runs measuring at least 35 yards this season, seven by Collin Mooney and two by Carl.
As a team, Army pushed its single season rushing total to 2,578 yards, marking the first time the Black Knights have topped the 2,000-yard rushing mark since 1999 (2,915).
The 61-yard touchdown run by Rice QB Chase Clement marked the longest run from scrimmage by an Army opponent this season.
The 80-yard touchdown pass from Rice QB Chase Clement to Jarrett Dillard marked the longest pass play allowed by the Black Knights since Nov. 1, 2003, when UAB’s Chris Williams and Nick Coon hooked up on a 91-yard touchdown.
Army yielded 31 points to Rice in the first two quarters. It marked the most points allowed by the Black Knights in one half of play since Central Michigan scored 33 points in the first half versus Army last season.
Rice’s 517 yards of total offense were the most by an Army opponent since Tulsa gained 622 on Nov. 17, 2007 at Michie Stadium.
Sophomore K Matt Campbell misfired on a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, it marked his first missed field goal attempt inside 50 yards this season. Campbell’s only previous miss this season was a 51-yard attempt in overtime against Buffalo. He made a 25-yard attempt to end the first half to improve to 7 for 9 on the season.