Army Football Game Notes: The Temple Game

Geoffery Bacon had 12 tackles at Rutgers.

Geoffery Bacon had 12 tackles at Rutgers.

Nov. 12, 2012

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Date: Nov. 17, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Michie Stadium
Capacity: 38,000
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: Temple leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: Nov. 19, 2011
Temple 42, Army 14

Play-by-Play: Ben Holden
Color Analyst: Randy Cross
Cadet Sideline Reporter: Dan Sprouse

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  Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1977
  4th Season at Army (17-30 .362)
  13th Season Overall (77-71, .520)
  Record vs. Temple: 0-3

  Alma Mater: Central Connecticut State, 1981
  2nd Season at Temple (12-10, .545)
  2nd Season Overall (12-10, .545)
  Record vs. Army: 1-0

► Army ends the home portion of its schedule on Saturday when it host the Temple Owls. The Black Knights are 2-4 at home this season, accounting for both the team’s victories in 2012.
► Saturday is the last game at Michie Stadium for Army’s 22 seniors. Ten of the Class of 2013’s 15 wins during their four seasons at West Point have come at home.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 28-7 loss at Rutgers. The score was tied at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, but the Scarlet Knights scored three unanswered touchdowns to take the win. The Black Knights’ defense limited Rutgers to only 113 yards rushing and 252 yards of offense, but Army could not overcome four turnovers, including one that gave RU the ball at the 1-yard line, and two inside the red zone.
► Senior QB Trent Steelman ran for 102 yards and a touchdown against Rutgers, which entered the game as the nation’s fourth-ranked rushing defense (88.5 ypg). Steelman became only the second Army quarterback to cross the 1,000-yard mark in a season. His 1,013 yards and 13 touchdowns lead the team. Steelman needs only 66 yards to break the Academy season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. The Bowling Green, Ky., native has an outside chance of breaking the overall season rushing mark. He needs to average 113.0  yards over the last two games to reach Collin Mooney’s mark of 1,339 set in 2008. Steelman is currently averaging 101.3 yards per game.
► Steelman accounted for Army’s only touchdown against Rutgers. He has 41 career rushing scores, only two behind the school record of 43 held by the legendary Glenn Davis.
► Steelman has run for 100 yards in six games this season, including each of the last four outings. His four-straight 100-yard games are tied for the Academy record. The six 100-yard games for the season are tied for third on the Army single-season ledger. Steelman has a chance to tie the Army record of eight set by Mike Mayweather in 1990 with 100-yard efforts in his last two games. One more 100-yard game would tie Nate Sassaman’s Army record for quarterbacks. For his career, Steelman has 11 100-yard games, which is tied for second on Army’s all-time list and tied for the most by an Army quarterback (Troy Crawford)..
► Junior RB Raymond Maples has run for 965 yards this season, second only to Steelman. If Maples reaches the 1,000-yard mark, it will mark only the second time in Academy history that two players have rushed for at least 1,000 yards in the same season.  Doug Black and Nate Sassaman accomplished the feat in 1984. Steelman and Maples are already the third-best rushing duo in Academy history traling only Mike Mayweather and Willie McMillian (2,238, 1990) and Black and Sassaman (2,150).
► The Army defense has found its stride in the last two weeks. The Black Knights have allowed just 108.0 rushing yards and 295.0 yards of total offense during the last two games.

► Snap Army’s four-game losing streak against the Owls.
► Be the Black Knights second straight home win and sixth in the last 11 games played at West Point.
► End Army’s 15-game losing streak against teams from the Big East Conference.
► Be the second straight season Army has won three  home games.
► Be Army’s second straight win over a team that defeated them in 2011 (Air Force).
► Mark the seventh straight season Army has won at least three games, a program first since a 16-year run from 1984-99.
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson’s 18th win at West Point (17-30).

►  Temple head coach Steve Addazio is in his second year as the Owls’ head man. He owns a 12-10 record and guided the Owls to a win over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl last season. Addazio served as offensive coordinator at Florida for two seasons, serving on the Gators’ staff from 2005-10. Prior to his tenure at Florida, Addazio served on the staffs at Indiana, Notre Dame and Syracuse. He has coached in a total of 12 bowl games, including Florida’s BCS National Championship wins in 2007 and 2009.
► The Owls are coming off a 34-10 home loss to Cincinnati. The Owls were limited to 267 yards of offense in the defeat. Matt Brown ran for 35 yards on nine carries. Cody Booth accounted for Temple’s lone touchdown with a four-yard touchdown catch from Clinton Granger. Granger completed 7-of-15 passes for 86 yards, while Chris Coyer was 5-for-16 fro 56 yards and an interception. Tyler Matakevich made a team-high eight tackles, while John Youboty accounted for two quarterback sacks.
► Offensively, Temple is averaging 293.0 yards and 21.0 points per game. Montel Harris leads the team with 597 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Coyer and Brown have accounted for 444 and 301 yards and two touchdowns, respectively.
► Coyer leads the Temple passing attack with 946 yards and eight touchdowns. He has completed 51.2 percent (84-164) of his throws, tossing just four interceptions. Granger is 13-for-28 for 166 yards and a touchdown in five games.
► Jalen Fitzpatrick is the Owls’ top receiver with 24 catches for 322 yards. Booth leads the team with four touchdown catches. He has 17 receptions for 137 yards on the season.
► Defensively, the Owls are allowing 426.0 yards and 30.3 points per game. Matakevich leads the team with 74 total tackles, including 47 unassisted stops. Nate Smith is next on the list with 62 tackles and 44 solo takedowns. He leads the team with three forced fumbles.
► Youboty has been the Owls’ leading playmaker in the opposition’s backfield with 6.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.
► Temple has intercepted four passes this season, including two by Tavon Young. Anthony Robey paces the Owls with five pass breakups.
► The Owls’ special teams rank among some of the nation’s best. As a team, Temple is 11th in the nation in net punting, averaging 40.4 yards per kick. Brandon McManus handles both the kicking and punting duties. He is ninth in the country in punting with a 45.02 yards-per-kick average and is tied for 36th in the country with 1.33 field goals per game. His 12-for-15 on his field goal tries and has  made 21 of his 22 extra points. McManus is the team’s top scorer with 57 points.
► Brown leads the team and ranks eighth in the country in punt returns at 14.6 yards per try (15-219). He also leads the Owls with a 25.5 yards-per-kick return average. He has one kick return for a score.

► Temple leads the all-time series against Army, 5-4. The Owls have won the last four meetings, including a 42-14 win at Lincoln Financial Field last season.
► Of the nine previous meetings between the two teams, six have come at West Point. Army is 3-3 in those games and 1-2 in Philadelphia.

► Turnover margin has been one of the best predictors of Army’s sucess in recent seasons. Since the start of 2006, the Black Knights have posted a 16-6 record when winning the turnover battle. On the flip side, Army is 10-50 when the margin is negative or even.
► In its last 17 losses, Army is -18 in turnovers (-1.1). In their last five wins, the Black Knights are +5 in the turnover category.
► Army has lost only four games under Rich Ellerson when on the plus side of the turnover battle and just three times when holding at least a two-takeaway advantage. The Black Knights are 12-4 when winning the turnover margin under Ellerson.
► In Army’s last 17 wins the Black Knights are averaging 2.9 takeaways and hold a +1.9 turnover margin average (50-18 overall). Conversely, in its last 30 losses, Army is averaging just 1.1 takeaways per game and is on the wrong end of a -0.77 turnover margin average (34-57 overall).
► Army is 2-15 in its last 17 games without forcing an opponent turnover.

► Senior QB Trent Steelman and junior RB Raymond Maples are on pace to become only the second Army duo to reach the 1,000-yard mark in the same season. Steelman reached the milestone against Rutgers while Maples needs just 35 more yards.
► Doug Black (1,148) and Nate Sassaman (1,002 yards) both reached the 1,000-yard plateau in 1984.
► In NCAA history, at least two players have reached the 1,000-yard mark in the same season 52 times. Nevada holds the record with three 1,000-yard rushers in 2009. Nevada, Auburn and Wisconsin were the last to accomplish the feat in 2010.

► Army welcomed back its top playmaker on defense in the win over Air Force. Senior LB Nate Combs injured his shoulder against Kent State and missed the Eastern Michigan and Ball State games.
►  Combs came back with a vengeance, registering eight tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and his first career interception.  
► In his eight games played, Combs has a team-leading 6.0 quarterback sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Both totals are career highs.
► Combs has had multiple sacks in four of his last nine games. He ended last season with a two-sack game versus Navy, and has had two sacks against San Diego State, Stony Brook and Boston College.
► Combs had a career high 3.0 tackles for loss against the Seawolves.

► The Black Knights have the next two Saturdays off before their season finale. The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will be played on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia. Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 3 p.m.
► The annual contest will determine which academy claims the Commander In Chief’s Trophy. Both Army and Navy own wins over Air Force this season.
► Navy has won the last 10 meetings.

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