Army battled Notre Dame for the 49th time on Saturday, but just the third time in 21 years. Saturday’s contest marked the ninth between the teams in South Bend, Ind. The previous two matchups between the schools (1995 and 1998) had been decided by a total of four points.
The Black Knights suffered their 13th straight loss to Notre Dame, and saw their overall losing streak this season stretch to five games. Army has not beaten the Fighting Irish since 1958.
For the first time this year after winning a coin toss, Army elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Black Knights had deferred their choice until the second half each of the previous occasions on which it won the toss.
Notre Dame marked the first nationally ranked opponent Army has faced this season after squaring off against a trio of Top 25 teams a year ago. Army last defeated a nationally ranked opponent in 1972.
Army will conclude its 117th season of intercollegiate competition on Dec. 2 against arch-rival Navy in Philadelphia. The Black Knights can claim a share of their first Commander in Chief’s Trophy title with a victory over the Midshipmen.
Freshman QB Carson Williams made his third collegiate start against Notre Dame. It marked just the 11th time in Army history that a freshman has started a game at quarterback.
Army entered the game having surrendered just 13 quarterback sacks all season to rank 20th nationally. Notre Dame recorded three quarterback sacks on Saturday.
Senior DE Cameron Craig extended his starting string to 30 games. Craig has now registered 31 career starts during his time tenure at the Academy.
Junior DB Jordan Murray registered his first collegiate interception in the first quarter, picking off a Brady Quinn pass attempt. Murray returned the interception 22 yards to the Notre Dame 36-yard line, but the Black Knights were unable to convert the turnover into points.
Murray’s interception was Army’s fourth interception of the season and the first since a home loss to TCU on Oct. 21, three games previously.
Freshman DE Victor Ugenyi registered his first career sack, tackling Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn for a three-yard loss in the third quarter.
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Senior K Austin Miller extended his consecutive field goals made string to eight with a 27-yard field goal late in the first quarter. His 39-yard field goal try in the third quarter was block. Prior to that block, Miller had not missed a field goal attempt since Army’s overtime defeat of Baylor on Oct. 23.
Miller moved into sole possession of ninth place on Army’s career field goals made list with his first-quarter conversion from 27 yards out.
Miller has hit 16 career field goals. He is now 16 of 21 during his Army career and 12 of 16 this season. Miller is now 7-for-7 on field goal tries from inside 30 yards during his collegiate career and 5-for-5 this season.