POSTGAME NOTES ARMY VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (SEPT. 6, 2008)
Army dropped its second contest of the season, falling 28-10 to New Hampshire Saturday at Michie Stadium on New York Giants Appreciation Day. New York Giants starting TE Kevin Boss and DE Dave Tollefson were honored at halftime.
With the loss, Army fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2005. It marked the Black Knights’ first loss to a Football Championship Subdivision team since a 30-21 defeat to Holy Cross n 2002.
Army jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter, but was outscored 28-3 the rest of the game. The Black Knights trailed 14-10 at halftime.
The Black Knights lost four fumbles and lost the turnover battle 4-2.
For the second straight game, Army allowed touchdowns on both a kickoff return and a fumble recovery return.
New Hampshire scored 14 points off turnovers and another seven points on a kickoff return.
New Hampshire held a 322-264 advantage in total yardage. The Wildcats outrushed Army by a 184-169 margin and enjoyed a 138-95 cushion through the air.
Army was shut out in the second half after scoring 10 points in the first half.
Starting QB Carson Williams departed the game with a left (non-throwing) hand injury in the second quarter. Williams was 7-for-7 passing for 95 yards at the time of his departure. He did not return to the field the remainder of the game.
Sophomore QB Chip Bowden replaced Carson Williams in the second quarter and saw his second career game action. He finished with 14 carries for 39 yards. Bowden drew reserve duty late in last week’s game against Temple but received his first extended field duty on Saturday.
Senior Carlo Sandiego received his first game action at quarterback late in the game. Sandiego has been used as a running back each of the past two seasons.
For the second straight game, Army held a large time of possession advantage in a losing effort. Army held the ball for 35:02 to 24:48 for UNH. The Black Knights possessed the ball for 37:05 last week against Temple.
Sophomore WR Jameson Carter led Army’s receiving corps with two receptions for 69 yards. His career-long 59-yard catch-and-run play in the first quarter marked Army’s longest play of the season and set up the Black Knights’ only touchdown of the game.
Army’s defense permitted three New Hampshire drives measuring at least 60 yards and 322 total yards in all.
Sophomore LB Josh McNary led Army with eight tackles for the second consecutive game. McNary was credited with seven solo hits. Senior SS Lowell Garthwaite finished with seven tackles and senior LB John Plumstead with six.
Sophomore FS Donovan Travis registered his first career interception late in the second quarter. Junior DT Mike Gann recovered a UNH fumble that was forced by senior SS Lowell Garthwaite on the Wildcats’ following possession.
The Black Knights’ stop unit recorded both its turnovers within a 2:14 span of the second quarter. Army’s defense registered takeaways on successive UNH drives, but the offense failed to capitalize on either turnover and was forced to punt on both occasions.