TEAM Army made its first visit to Denton, Texas, visiting North Texas for the first time at Fouts Field. The teams had met twice previously, once at West Point in 1997 and once at Texas Stadium the previous season. The Black Knights now lead the all-time series 3-0.
Army was outgained by a 241-53 margin in the first half. The Black Knights managed just 36 yards rushing on 15 attempts over the first 30 minutes. The Black Knights rushed for 61 yards on their first possession of the second half. . OFFENSE Freshman QB Trent Steelman made his 11th consecutive start for the Black Knights. It marks the highest total by a freshman quarterback in Army history.
Trent Steelman ran for 132 yards on 23 carries, his second 100-yard game of the season. Steelman’s 55-yard run in the fourth quarter set up his game-winning touchdown.
Junior SB Patrick Mealy registered his third rushing touchdown of the season, capping Army’s opening drive of the second half. Mealy’s 9-yard burst provided the Black Knights with a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter. DEFENSE Army set a new season high with five takeaways in its contest with North Texas. All five turnovers by North Texas came in Army territory. The Black Knights registered four interceptions against Ball State earlier in the earlier in the year.
Freshman DB Ty Shrader, playing in his first career game, recovered a fumble and intercepted the Mean Green on their potential game-winning drive.
Junior DB Jordan Trimble made his sixth career start and first of the season. Trimble registered his first career interception late in the third quarter.
Sophomore George Fletcher saw action in the defensive secondary after shifting from slotback to defensive back this week.
Senior FS Chase Prasnicki received his most extended playing time of the season after starter Donovan Travis left the game with an injury during the first possession of the game.
Sophomore whip LB Andrew Rodriguez notched his second interception of the season, thwarting a second quarter North Texas scoring drive deep in Army territory. Rodriguez returned the pickoff 33 yards, setting up a Black Knight field goal.
Junior rover LB Steven Erzinger stripped North Texas QB Riley Dodge of the ball and recovered the fumble at the Black Knights’ 21-yard line for a key turnover midway through the third quarter. It marked Erzinger’s second forced fumble and first fumble recovery of the season.
Junior DE Josh McNary added to his school record quarterback sack totals on single season and career levels when he was credited with a sack of UNT QB Riley Dodge on the final play of the first half. McNary increased his season sack total to 12.5 and his career figure to 18.0 on the play. McNary entered the game ranked fourth nationally in sacks (1.15).
Josh McNary finished with 2.0 tackles for loss on Saturday, including 1.0 quarterback sack. McNary entered the game ranked tied for first nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 1.95 per contest. He has recorded at least 2.0 tackles for loss in eight of 11 games this season. SPECIAL TEAMS Sophomore K Alex Carlton hit his only field goal attempt, a 38-yarder in the second quarter. He is now 17-for-21 in field goal attempts this season, including 5-for-6 from 40 yards and beyond. He is 12-for-14 from at least 30 yards this season.
Alex Carlton owns sole possession of second place on Army’s single season field goals list, one behind the Black Knights’ single-season record of 18 set by J. Parker in 1996. It marks only the fifth time that an Army player has reached double figures in field goals during a single season since 1991. Carlton already ranks ninth on the Black Knights’ career field goals made chart (17).
Alex Carlton has hit on 81 percent of his field goal attempts this season. That figure ranks tied for second on Army’s career field goal percentage list (10 attempts minimum) and sixth on the Black Knights’ single-season chart.
Marcus Hilton blocked North Texas’ 33-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. It was his first career block and the Black Knights’ first blocked field goal since Oct. 11, 2008 versus Eastern Michigan (Victor Ugenyi).