Army Football Game Notes




Sept. 15, 2012

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TEAM NOTES
► Army fell to 1-2 all-time against Northern Illinois. The Black Knights won the only previous meeting at Michie Stadium in 1992, but have lost the last two meetings including last year’s season opener in DeKalb.
► Army’s loss on Saturday snapped the Black Knights’ three-game home winning streak.
► The Black Knights have now lost five straight games versus Mid-American Conference opponents.
► Army debuted the home version of its new Nike Pro Combat uniforms. The Black Knights wore the road versions last season versus Navy and in the season opener at San Diego State.
► The Black Knights won the turnover battle, 3-0. It was the first time the Black Knights lost a game in which it was at least +3 in turnover margin during the Rich Ellerson Era (5-1).
► Army is now 7-8 in its last 15 games decided by seven points or less.
► The 81 combined points represented the highest scoring Army game since a 59-28 loss at Hawai’i on Nov. 22, 2003. It was the first time both Army and its opponent scored 40 points in a game since a 56-42 loss at Houston on Oct 19, 2002.
► Army has lost five straight home openers.
► Army’s 41-40 loss snapped an eight-game winning streak when winning at least 40 points.

OFFENSIVE NOTES
► Army’s 41-40 loss snapped an eight-game winning streak when winning at least 40 points.
► Junior RB Raymomd Maples (159), sophomore FB Larry Dixon (136) and senior QB Trent Steelman (116) each ran for 100 yards. It was the first time since Oct. 12, 1996 that the Black Knights had three players reach the century mark (Demetrius Perry, Adam Thompson and Joe Hewitt).
► Maples posted his second straight 100-yard rushing game to start the season. He has cracked the century mark seven times in his career and is now tied for seventh place on Army’s career list.  Maples’ 159 yards tied his career high set against Fordham last season.
► Sophomore FB Larry Dixon ran for a career-best 136 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first time an Army player ran for three scores since Trent Steelman opposite Northwestern in 2011.
► Steelman posted his sixth career 100-yard game, moving into a tie for 11th place on the Army career ledgert. He moved into eighth place on Army rushing list  with 2,191 yards. He became the fifth player in Army history to score at least 30 rushing touchdowns.
► Steelman moved into third place on the Army career total offense ledger with 4,305 yards. He passed Mike Mayweather and trails Zac Dahman (6,49) and Leamon Hall (5,524).
► Army’s fourth-year QB moved into a third-place tie on the Army touchdowns responsible for list with 43. He is now equal with Tory Crawford.

DEFENSIVE NOTES
► Jordan Lynch’s 88-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest by an Army opponent since Connecticut’s Terry Caulley ran 98 yards for a score on Oct. 15, 2006.
► Army accounted for its first takeaway of the season when senior LB Nate Combs’ recovered Jordan Lynch’s fumble in the end zone for a touchback.  Army finished the game with three takeaways, including sophomore DL Mike Ugenyi’s first career fumble recovery.
► Junior CB Tyler Dickson intercepted a pass versus Northern Illinois for the second straight year.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
► Three of Eric Osteen’s seven kickoffs went for touchbacks.
► Sophomore RB Stephen Fraser posted career highs with three kickoff returns for 61 yards, including a career long of 25 yards.

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