Postgame Notes -- Army vs. Arkansas State (9-2-06)
Army’s contest on Saturday at Arkansas State marked the earliest opener in the 117 years of Army football and its first contest in the state of Arkansas in program history.
Army lost its 10th consecutive season opener. The last time the Black Knights won their first game of the year was in 1996 (vs. Ohio Univ., 37-20). Army is now 92-23-3 all-time in season openers.
The loss marked the first time that the Black Knights have lost to a Sun-Belt Conference school. Army is 4-1 all-time against Sun-Belt Conference teams.
Five players on the offensive side of the ball made their first career starts. Junior center Trey Miranne and junior left guard Connor Wicklund each made their first career starts. Junior quarterback David Pevoto recorded his first career start, as did sophomore running back Wesley McMahand and tight end Justin Larson.
Four players on the defensive side of the ball also received their first career starting assignments. Senior defensive tackle Travis Prikryl, senior field cornerback Sean Grevious, junior free safety Jordan Murray and junior boundary cornerback Kevin Opoku all notched starts.
Sophomore running back Wesley McMahand rushed for 35 yards on 13 carries in his first collegiate start.
Freshman Tony Moore rushed for 26 yards on six carries in his first college game.
Junior quarterback David Pevoto set career highs with 12 completions on 23 attempts for 95 yards in his first college start.
Junior defensive back John Laird registered his first career fumble recovery when he plucked a loose ball out of the air late in the first half. He notched his second fumble recovery late in the game when he jumped on a fumbled punt in the fourth quarter.
Cameron Craig recorded two sacks in the game to become Army's career leader in the category with 12. He surpassed Jim Slomka, Zac Hurst and Clarence Holmes for first place on Army’s all-time list.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Senior place-kicker Austin Miller kicked a career-high two field goals in the contest, connecting from 26 yards in the first quarter and 36 yards in the fourth quarter.