POSTGAME NOTES -- ARMY VS. RHODE ISLAND (9-8-07)
Army opened its 2007 home campaign against Rhode Island on Saturday with a 14-7 overtime victory. It marked the second straight year in which Army opened its home season with an overtime win. The Black Knights defeated Kent State 17-14 in overtime in last year’s home opener.
Army snapped a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season with Saturday’s defeat of Rhode Island. Prior to Saturday, Black Knights’ most-recent victory dated back to Oct. 7, 2006, when Army topped VMI 62-7.
Three Army players made their first career starts against Rhode Island on Saturday, two on offense (OT Jason Johnson, TE Mike Evans) and one on defense (DE Evan Williams).
Stan Brock became the first Army head coach since Bob Sutton in 1991 to win his home debut as the Black Knights’ field boss.
Army drew a crowd of 27,601 to its home opener on Saturday, the Black Knights’ largest crowd for a home opener since drawing 31,357 to their 2005 lidlifter against Baylor.
After playing just one overtime game in its history (1999) through the start of last season, Army has now played three overtime contests in its last 13 games. Army has won all three of those decisions. The Black Knights remained undefeated in overtime affairs with Saturday’s win, extending their all-time record to 4-0 in extra-session affairs. Three of those games have taken place at Michie Stadium.
Junior TE Justin Larson established a career high with 61 receiving yards. Larson registered three catches on the day, with two leading directly to Army points. His career-long 30-yard reception in the third quarter led to Army’s first touchdown, carrying the ball to the Rhode Island 2-yard line. Larson pulled down a game-winning 25-yard touchdown reception on the first play of overtime for his second career scoring catch.
Sophomore QB Carson Williams replaced an injured David Pevoto late in the second quarter and played the entire second half. Williams completed 12 of 20 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. Pevoto went 9 of 13 for 82 yards and one interception before departing.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble equaled his career high in receptions (7) for the second consecutive week.
Junior RB Carlo Sandiego established career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (52). He pulled down a long catch of 28 yards in the contest.
Senior FB Mike Viti registered a two-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, tying the score at 7-7. It marked Viti’s second career touchdown run. His first score came in Army’s loss to Texas A&M in last year’s AT&T Corps Classic at the Alamodome.
Six different players caught passes for the Black Knights senior WR Jeremy Trimble, senior WR Corey Anderson, junior RB Carlo Sandiego, senior TE Justin Larson, sophomore TE Mike Evans and junior WR Mike Wright.
The Black Knights managed just 46 rushing yards on 28 attempts. Army rushed for 58 yards on 29 attempts in its season opener against Akron and is averaging 52.0 ground markers through its first two games this season.
Army’s defense registered five quarterback sacks on the day, the first time it has totaled five sacks in a game since a road loss at TCU on Oct. 4, 2003. Army, which finished with just 11 quarterback sacks last season, has notched six quarterback sacks through two contests this season.
Sophomore DE Victor Ugenyi enjoyed the finest day of his young career, posting nine tackles, including three for loss. Ugenyi added a quarterback sack in the contest, the second of his career.
Junior LB Frank Scappaticci recorded his first career double digit tackle performance, finishing the game with 10 stops. Scappaticci added one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.
The Black Knights forced three fumbles, with Army covering two. Senior FS Jordan Murray, senior SS Caleb Cambpell and senior DE Brandon Thompson all registered forced fumbles. Thompson and junior LB Frank Scappaticci notched fumble recoveries.
Army’s defense allowed just seven points to Rhode Island on Saturday, one week after yielding only 16 against Akron in its season opener (Akron returned an interception for a touchdown for its other points.).