TROY, N.Y. - Freshman quarterback Tim Meier rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown, and added two more scores through the air as the Army sprint football team notched a 24-14 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's junior varsity team in Troy, N.Y. on Sunday. The Black Knights (2-0) remain unbeaten heading into CSFL play, and have allowed just two touchdowns in eight quarters of play.
Recording another strong defensive performance after a 29-0 whitewash last week, Army used a goal-line stand to keep the Engineers' out of the end zone early on in the first quarter. With a first and goal from the Army 10-yard line, the Black Knights gave little ground on four consecutive rushing plays, highlighted by a fourth-and-goal tackle for loss by Toby Acosta and Taylor Griffin.
After an RPI three-and-out several series later, Army opened the scoring with a 58-yard aerial connection from Meier to Benjamin Johnson to give Army the lead, 7-0. Meir and Johnson would find each other again in the third quarter, as the duo scorched the Engineer secondary for a 40-yard bomb up the sideline that gave Army a 24-0 cushion.
Over the final half of the fourth quarter, the Engineers attempted a comeback by mounting two scoring drives, including one with just under a minute remaining, but Army recovered the ensuing onsides kick and ran down the clock to end the threat.
Following a 25-yard field goal from senior Sam Herbert that gave Army a 10-0 lead going into the locker room, Meier scrambled 21 yards through the left side of the RPI defense to push the Black Knights' lead to 17. The score capped a 7-play, 62-yard drive for the Black Knights, one of several sustained surges that lifted Army to victory.
Army surrendered just 1.3 yards per rush to the host Engineers and forced six three-and-out possessions. Linebacker Bryan Giroaud tallied 11 tackles, including a half-sack and three tackles for loss to lead the team, while Tyler Bambrick and Clarlos Cook each collected 10 stops. Thomas Malejko recorded two sacks and nine tackles.
For the Army offense, running back Ricky Lentz amassed 74 total yards (55 receiving) on 15 touches.
Army has a bye next weekend, before returning to action at 7 p.m. October 2 in Princeton, N.J. in a Collegiate Sprint Football League contest.
Notes: Army has given up just 2.1 yards per play to its opponents in two games this season ... Defensive linemen Thomas Malejko and Tyler Bambrick are tied for second on the team with 16 tackles each ... Sunday's game was played on RPI's brand-new '86 Field, a multi-million dollar athletics complex ... Game officials kept time on the field by hand ... Army is now 4-5 all-time under second-year coach Mark West.