Oct. 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Army sprint football maintained its perfect record with a 35-7 victory at Penn on Saturday night. Despite tallying a season-low 35 points, the Black Knights amassed nearly 600 yards of offense, as seniors Javier Sustaita and Marquis Morris had a hand in over 500 of those total yards.
Second-year starting quarterback Sustaita passed for a career-high 414 yards, completing 37 of his 54 (69 percent) passes without an interception. The Troy, Texas, native tossed a pair of touchdowns, brining his season total to 19. Sustaita also netted 55 rushing yards.
Morris, Army's go-to running back this season, had another headlining game, eclipsing the century mark in rushing yards for the second consecutive game. The Decatur, Ala., native gained 103 yards on a career-high 23 attempts to go along with three touchdowns, also a career best.
Army cracked the scoreboard early as Sustaita connected with senior John Herina with back-to-back long balls, including a 20-yard score, to pull ahead just two minutes into the game. Sustaita tacked on another score early in the second quarter, as the senior signal caller completed 30-yards worth of passes to Nyp before finding junior Tom Jeffers for a 27-yard score.
Nyp led the receiving corps with 132 receiving yards, followed by Jeffers with 98 yards and Herina with 89.
Two possessions later, the Quakers tallied their lone score of the game as a pair of costly Army penalties set up easy field position for Penn. Keith Braccia, who passed for 160 yards on the night, found Whit Shaw in the end zone for a four-yard score with just under four minutes remaining in the half.
Army scored on the opening possession of the second half, as Morris punched in a one-yard TD for his first of three touchdowns. After forcing Penn to punt two possessions later, Jeffers had his second standout punt return of the game to set up Morris' second TD. Morris tacked on his third score midway through the fourth quarter to cap the game's scoring.
The Black Knight defense was anchored by senior co-captain Rob Reckner, who totaled a team-best nine tackles. Junior Patrick Franco had another standout night against the opposing quarterback, racking up three sacks to make his total 5.5 sacks over the past two games.
With two games remaining on the schedule, Army stands atop to the CSFL standings. The groundwork is being laid for yet another CSFL title match against Navy, who also shows an undefeated mark at 4-0 following Friday night's victory over Cornell. The Black Knights will face a winless Princeton team (0-5, 0-4 CSFL) next Saturday, Oct. 20, at West Point's Shea Stadium. Kickoff on Senior Day is set for 1 p.m.