Army Postgame Notes




TEAM

Army and Navy met for the 111th time on Saturday. The Mids won their ninth straight in the series and now own a 55-49-7 advantage.

Saturday's game was the 83rd meeting in Philadelphia where Navy owns a 41-38-4 advantage over Army. It was the seventh Army-Navy game played at Lincoln Financial Field. Army is 0-8 all-time in the facility with seven losses to the Mids and one loss versus Temple.

Army has now lost 11 straight outings in the Commander In Chief's Trophy series (six versus Navy and five against Air Force).

The Black Knights have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season (Nov. 20 vs. Notre Dame).

The Mids scored first on a 36-yard field goal by Joe Buckley with 11:57 left in the first quarter. It snapped Army's nine-game streak of scoring first.

The Black Knights have now lost 22 straight games versus teams with winning records. The Black Knights last win over a team that was above the .500 mark came on Nov. 19, 2005 at Arkansas State (5-4).

Saturday's game marked the first time this season that Army did not hold at least one lead during the contest.

Army was +2 in turnover margin on Saturday, forcing four Navy miscues. It was only the second loss under head coach Rich Ellerson when winning the turnover battle (9-2). It was the first time under Ellerson Army lost a game in which it was +2 in turnover margin.

OFFENSE

Army outgained the Midshipmen 337-325. It was the first time the Black Knights held a total offense advantage versus Navy since 2001 (341-239).

Army held a 209-139 rushing edge on Saturday. It was the first time the Black Knights outrushed the Midshipmen since 2001 (222-97).

Freshman SB Raymond Maples posted career highs with 13 carries and 66 rushing yards.

Sophomore QB Trent Steelman matched his career high with two touchdown passes, tying the Army record in the Army-Navy game. Steelman is the seventh Black Knight to throw for two scores against the Mids and the first since Zac Dahman in 2005.

Steelman completed at least one pass to a season-high six different receivers.

Sophomore SB Malcolm Brown was on the receiving end of both of Army's touchdown passes, the first scoring receptions of his career. Brown tied the Army-Navy game record for scoring receptions. He is the fifth player to accomplish the feat and the first Army player to do it since Jeremy Trimble in 2005.


Brown's 45-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter represented Army's longest pass play of the season.

Brown was playing in his first game since suffering a collarbone injury versus Rutgers on Oct. 16.

Brown's five-yard touchdown reception with 8:19 in the second quarter snapped a stretch of 201:44 without a touchdown against Navy. It was the Black Knights first trip into the end zone against the Mids since 2006.

Army has not rushed for a touchdown against Navy since Jeremy Trimble found paydirt from 41 yards out with 8:45 left in the first quarter of the 2006 game.

DEFENSE

Army forced four turnovers on Saturday. It was the third time this season the Black Knights recorded at least four takeaways.

Army recovered three fumbles, a season high for fumbles lost for the Mids.

The Black Knights held Navy to 139 rushing yards, 163 yards below their season average. Navy entered the game fifth in the country at 302.55 rushing yards per contest.

Senior LB Stephen Anderson recorded a season-high 12 tackles, his third double-digit game of the season.

Senior CB Richard King recorded his fourth interception of the season. He ranks second on the team behind senior FS Donovan Travis (5).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Junior PK Alex Carlton kicked a 42-yard field goal with 8:08 left in the third quarter. It was Carlton's 10th straight make and improved his season total to 14-21.

Carlton made both his PAT attempts to move his career mark to 53 for 53. It is the third-longest streak of consecutive PATs in Army history.

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