Longtime metro rivals Army and Rutgers met for the 35th time on Saturday. It marked the Black Knights’ first visit to Rutgers Stadium first since Sept. 14, 2002.
With Rutgers’ victory, the Scarlet Knights pulled to within one game of Army’s lead (18-17) in the all-time series between the schools. The win also extended the Scarlet Knights’ series winning streak to five games. Army last defeated Rutgers in 1997.
With Saturday’s setback to Rutgers, Army has now dropped 10 consecutive decisions to teams that currently comprise the Big East Conference. The Black Knights have not defeated a squad that currently comprises the Big East since topping Rutgers 37-35 in 1997.
When QB Chip Bowden’s fumble was returned for a touchdown on the fourth play from scrimmage it marked the fourth fumble returned for a touchdown by Army’s opponents this season. It also marked the sixth non-offensive touchdown allowed by the Black Knights.
Army trailed Rutgers 23-0 at halftime, marking the Black Knights’ largest halftime deficit since falling behind Air Force 43-0 in November 2006. The Black Knights found themselves trailing Rice 31-10 at halftime in their most-recent outing.
Army has now been outscored by Rutgers 101-18 in its last three visits to Rutgers Stadium. The Black Knights suffered a 44-0 setback to the Scarlet Knights in their most recent trip to Piscataway.
Army was outgained 110-55 in the first quarter in falling behind 10-0. The Scarlet Knights enjoyed a 307-111 total yardage advantage in the first half in building a 23-0 cushion at the break. Army’s final yardage total of 219 yards was a season low.
Army was shut out in the first half on Saturday. It marked the first time since the Black Knights’ season opener that they were held scoreless in the first two quarters of play. Army trailed Temple 21-0 at the break during the season opener.
Senior FB Collin Mooney led all rushers with 112 yards on 20 carries. It marked the seventh time that Mooney has rushed for at least 80 yards this season and his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the year. It also marked the ninth time Mooney has paced the Black Knights in rushing this fall.
Collin Mooney stands tied for fifth on Army’s single-chart chart with five 100-yard rushing efforts this fall. He is the first Army player to rush for at least 100 yards five times in a season since Michael Wallace topped the century mark on six occasions in 2000.
Sophomore QB Chip Bowden finished with 83 ground yards on 21 carries. It marked Bowden’s highest rushing total since he ran for a season-high 128 yards in his starting debut versus Texas A&M on Sept. 27. Bowden finished with 64 yards rushing on 14 carries in the first half. Bowden increased his season rushing total to 566 yards to become the first Army quarterback since Johnny Goff in 1988 to rush for at least 500 yards in a season.
Collin Mooney climbed to second place on Army’s single season rushing list with his 112-yard effort on Saturday. He now has 1,285 yards through 11 games this fall. He surpassed Mike Mayweather’s 1989 total of 1,117 rushing yards and Carlton Jones’ 2004 total of 1,169 yards on Saturday. Mayweather owns Army’s single season rushing record, piling up 1,338 yards in 1990. Mooney stands 53 yards shy of that figure entering the Black Knights’ season finale versus Navy on Dec. 6.
Collin Mooney and Chip Bowden now stand as the fourth-best single season rushing duo in Army history. The pair has combined for 1,851 rushing yards this season. It is the eighth time in Army history that the Black Knights have had a 1,000-yard rusher and at least one 500-yard rusher in the same season.
As a team, Army pushed its single season rushing total to 2,795 yards, the 19th-best total in Academy history.
Sophomore DE Marcus Hilton drew his first career start in place of injured Josh McNary. McNary missed the contest due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Rice game.
Army’s defense surrendered a season-high 521 total yards to Rutgers on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights piled up 307 total yards in the first half, including 237 through the air. Army yielded a then-season-high 517 yards in its previous outing at Rice and has now allowed 1,038 total yards in the last two contests.
Sophomore LB Stephen Anderson forced two fumbles on the day, raising his season-high total to five. Anderson now stands tied with Lyle Weaver atop Army’s single season fumbles forced list. Weaver accomplished the feat 1999. Forced fumbles were first tracked as an official statistic at West Point in 1971.
Stephen Anderson notched his second quarterback sack of the season early in the fourth quarter. Anderson also forced a fumble on the play that was recovered by Army at the Rutgers’ 28-yard line.
Army did not force Rutgers’ first punt of the game until the first possession of the third quarter.
Sophomore K Matt Campbell misfired on a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. He later connected on a 24-yard field goal and missed on a 37-yarder. After hitting his first six field goal attempts of the season, Campbell has now missed on four of his last six tries, including two of three on Saturday.