Army Postgame Notes




Oct. 1, 2011

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TEAM NOTES
• Army evened the all-time series with Tulane at 9-9-1. The Black Knights have defeated the Green Wave two straight years and four of the last five times the teams have met.

• Army is now 2-1 at home and has won back-to-back home games for the first time since 2008.

• Head coach Rich Ellerson's record after 30 games at West Point stands at 14-16. It is the best 30-game start by an Army coach since Jim Young was 16-13-1.

• Army ran its winning streak to seven games when scoring at least 40 points.

• Army snapped its six-game losing streak in games in which it recorded at least 400 yards of total offense.

• The Black Knights were +2 in turnover margin against Tulane, marking the first time this season Army has won the turnover battle. The Black Knights are  now 15-4 since 2006 when winning the turnover battle.

• Army's 39-point victory was its largest since a 62-7 win over VMI on Oct. 7, 2006. It was the Black Knights' largest margin of victory over an NCAA FBS team since a 49-7 victory at Boston College on Oct. 21, 1995.

OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Army ran for 353 yards on 62 rushing attempts, its fifth straight game with at least 300 yards on the ground. It is the longest such streak by the Black Knights since the 1996 team started with eight straight 300-yard games.

• Army rolled up 423 yards of total offense, snapping a six-game losing streak when amassing at least 400 yards of offense.

• The Black Knights' 45 points was a season high and marked their highest output since a 45-28 win at Kent State on Nov. 13, 2010.

• Army completed all three of its passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Black Knights entered the game ranked 120th in the nation with just 38.75 yards per game. Army had completed just one pass in its last 10 quarters prior to Saturday.

• The 40-yard touchdown pass from Trent Steelman to Davyd Brooks was Army's longest passing play of the season. It was Steelman's first touchdown toss of the year and Army's first since the fourth quarter of the opener at Northern Illinois.

• Army held the ball for 12:34 in the fourth quarter. It was the third time this season Army had the ball for at least 10 minutes in the final stanza.

• Sophomore SB Raymond Maples ran for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. It was his second straight 100-yard effort (125 at Ball State) and his third straight game with at least 95 yards.

• Junior QB Trent Steelman started his 30th straight game, tying the Academy record for consecutive starts by a quarterback (Leamon Hall).

• Steelman has been under center for 14 Army victories, the third most by an Army quarterback since 1963 (Steve Lindell, 19; Ronnie McAda, 16).

• Steelman moved into eighth place on Army's career total offense list with 124 yards against Tulane (70 pass, 54 rush). Steelman has 3,701 career yards.

• Steelman moved into 12th place on the Army career rushing list with 1,862 yards. He also moved into sixth place on the Army career rushing touchdowns ledger with 25.

• Sophomore Hayden Tippett ran seven times for 37 yards. It was his first career rushing attempts.

• Sophomore FB Larry Dixon scored his first career touchdown, a 2-yard run in the first quarter.

• Junior SB Kelechi Odocha scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.

• Senior WR Davyd Brooks caught his first touchdown pass of the season. Brooks has two career touchdown receptions, both against Tulane.

DEFENSIVE NOTES
• Senior LB Steven Erzinger has started 30 consecutive games as Army's "rover" linebacker.

• Army registered a season-high four takeaways. It was the Black Knights' best day on the turnover ledger since registering four takeaways against Navy last season.

• Army allowed a season-low 199 yards against the Green Wave. It was their best total defense showing since holding Temple to 195 yards in a 27-13 loss at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 17, 2009.

• Army sacked Tulane five times, its most since setting the Academy record with eight quarterback takedowns against Rutgers last season.

• Army improved to 17-2 since 2000 when holding opponents to 14-or-fewer points.

• Army allowed just six points, its best showing since shutting out North Texas on Sept. 18, 2010 (24-0).
• After Orleans Darkwa's 70 rushing yards on Tulane's first possession, Army gave up just 55 rushing yards the remainder of the game.

• Freshman LB Geoffrey Bacon recorded a team-high nine tackles, establishing a career best.

• Freshman DE Colin Linkul recorded his first two career sacks.

• Freshman DE Jacob Drozd, sophomore DE Clayton Keller and junior LB Kyler martin each tallied their first career sack.

• Junior DB Ty Shrader registered his first interception since 2009. Both of Shrader's interceptions have come on opponents' final drives (at North Texas).

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
• Senior K Alex Carlton (23 yards) made his first field goal of the season, snapping a string of three straight misses.

• Carlton was perfect on all six of his extra point attempts to move into sixth place on the Army career PAT made list. Carlton has 68 career makes in 71 tries.

• Junior P Chris Boldt hammered a 64-yard punt, his career best and the Black Knights' best of the season. It was Army's first 60-yard punt since Jonathan Bulls hit a 69-yard boot against Temple last season.

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