POSTGAME NOTES - ARMY VS. AKRON (Sept. 20, 2008)
Army fell to 0-3 on the season, dropping a 22-3 decision to Akron Saturday at Michie Stadium on Hall of Fame day. Among those honored at halftime as members of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008 was legendary basketball coach Bob Knight. Knight began his coaching career at West Point in 1965 and served a six-year tenure at the helm of the Black Knights.
With the loss, Army fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2005. The Black Knights’ losing streak stretched to nine games overall dating back to last year.
Army lost the time of possession battle for the first time this season, 30:13-29:47. The Black Knights’ averaged 36:04 in possession time during their first two games against Temple and New Hampshire.
The Black Knights committed five turnovers and registered only one takeway. Army now stands at a minus-7 (12-5) in the turnover margin department this season. Akron parlayed three Black Knight miscues into 16 points.
Army scored its only points of the game on a 36-yard field goal by Matthew Campbell on the final play of the second quarter.
For the second straight week, Army was shut out in the second half.
After coming off the bench to spell starter Carson Williams, sophomore QB Chip Bowden was removed from the game after suffering an ankle injury late in the third quarter.
Chip Bowden established career highs in rushing yards (65) and rushing attempts (21) before departing late in the third quarter due to injury. Bowden’s rushing total marked the most by an Army quarterback since Reggie Nevels ran for 65 yards on 15 carries during a 46-27 loss to TCU on Oct. 12, 2002. The last time an Army signal caller gained more rushing yards in a game dates back to Nov. 20, 1999, when Joe Gerena ran for 66 yards on 22 carries in a 26-14 loss Houston. Army ran the option offense at the time.
Senior RB Wesley McMahand ripped off a career-long 45-yard gain on his only carry of the game.
Junior RB Justin Turner notched his first career start in the Black Knights’ backfield. Turner also registered is first career runs from scrimmage, finishing with nine ground yards on two carries.
Army has gone seven consecutive quarters without a touchdown. The Black Knights have scored just two touchdowns all season.
Army’s defense limited Akron to field goals twice inside the red zone. The Black Knights held the Zips to a field goal on another occasion after Akron had reached the Army 20-yard line.
Sophomore LB Josh McNary led Army in tackles for the third consecutive game. McNary finished with a career-best nine stops against Akron recording eight in each of the Black Knights’ first two contests.
After drilling a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, sophomore K Matthew Campbell has hit both his field goal attempts this season. Campbell hit a 42-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first half versus New Hampshire the last time out.
Senior P Andrew Rinehart registered a career-long 52-yard boot in the second quarter. Rinehart punted five times for the third straight game.