Oct. 20, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army sprint football routed visiting Princeton 59-0 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at West Point’s Shea Stadium. The Black Knights totaled 491 yards of offense while the defense held the Tigers to negative yardage (-4). With a 6-0 record, Army has set itself up for a title showdown in its season finale at Navy on Nov. 2.
Princeton (0-6, 0-5 CSFL) traveled to West Point with only 26 players, as the two teams agreed to let the clock run for the majority of the contest.
It took Army (6-0, 5-0 CSFL) only 48 seconds to find the end zone in the game’s opening drive, as senior quarterback Javier Sustaita found classmate Cody Nyp for a 36-yard play deep into Princeton territory, setting up a pair of rushes by Marquis Morris, who crossed the goal line for the sixth time this season.
Army spread the wealth both offensively and defensively, as three quarterbacks drew time, connecting with nine different wide outs. Eight different Black Knights also registered carries on the afternoon.
Junior Tom Jeffers had a game-high five catches for 66 yards and a score, while sophomore Gabriel Cobb totaled a game-best 82 yards on the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball, David Brown and Mike Geneser collected four tackles apiece, while senior Noah Currie added two sacks for his team-best total of six on the season.
Army and Princeton have met 59 times since 1957 with the Black Knights boasting a 54-3-2 advantage, including a 2,107-446 all-time scoring lead. Army is 28-0-1 against the Tigers at home, 20-3-0 in Princeton, and 5-0-1 at neutral-site contests. The Black Knights have shut out the Tigers in four of the last five meetings. The Tigers have not defeated the Black Knights since 1979.
Army is on a bye next week, while the Midshipmen travel to Penn on Oct. 26. Should Navy beat the Quakers, the Star Game will determine the CSFL Champion for the fourth consecutive year. The Midshipmen captured last season’s crown with a 28-6 win at West Point, while the Black Knights won in Annapolis in 2010 by a score of 32-30. Navy won the 2009 defensive battle, 7-6.
The Army-Navy game is slated for Nov. 2, in Annapolis, Md. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.