Sept. 24, 2012
Army vs. Stony Brook Notes
Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Time: 12:04 p.m. ET
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Michie Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: Tied, 0-0
Last Meeting: First Meeting
CBS Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Ben Holden
Color Analyst: Randy Cross
Cadet Sideline Reporter: Linc Bradham
Army Sports Network
Flagship: WABC (770-AM, New York, N.Y.)
Affiliates: WALL (1340-AM, Middletown, N.Y.); WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); WPLJ-HD3 (95.5-3 (HD)-FM, New York, N.Y.); WKXP* (94.3-FM, Kingston, N.Y.); WKDM^ (1430-AM, New York, N.Y.); WAZZ (1490-AM, Fayetteville, N.C. — Fort Bragg); WZZN (97.7-FM, Huntsville, Ala. — Redstone Arsenal); KXCA (1380-AM, Lawton, Okla. — Fort Sill).
*will carry partial schedule, including Army-Navy game
Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco
Color Analyst: Dean Darling
Sideline: Tony Morino
Program Host: Joe Beckerle
► The 90-minute “Army Football Tailgate Show,” begins at 10:30 a.m. ET
Sirius Satellite Radio
The Army Sports Network broadcast can be heard on Sirius channel 134
► The entire Army Sports Network broadcast, including the “Army Football Tailgate Show,” will be streamed live (audio) via Knight Vision on www.goARMYsports.com each week. Subscription fees apply.
► The “This Week in Army Football,” show will be streamed live from the West Point First Class Club on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The event is available only to Knight Vision subscribers.
► The Black Knights open a three-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts the Stony Brook Seawolves. It is Army’s longest stretch of home contests since starting the 2008 season with three straight appearances at Michie Stadium.
► Army is coming off a 49-37 loss at Wake Forest. The Black Knights’ offense posted 506 yards, including 429 yards on the ground. Senior QB Trent Steelman accounted for four touchdowns, three rushing and the team’s first passing score of the season. Junior RB Raymond Maples (140) and sophomore FB Larry Dixon (112) each cracked the 100-yard mark. Maples also caught his first touchdown pass since his rookie season in 2010.
► The Black Knights’ offense has had at least two runners gain more than 100 yards for the third straight game to start the season. It marks the first time that Army has had multiple 100-yard rushers in three games during a season since 1990, and the first time it’s accomplished that feat in three consecutive games since 1948. It is the first time in Academy history, the Black Knights have had multiple 100-yard runners in the first three games to start the season. Army has never had two-or-more players crack the century mark in four straight games.
► Maples has run for at least 100 yards in each of the first three games of the season, matching his career high for consecutive games with 100 rushing yards. He is just one shy of matching the Academy record. Maples is the first Army player to run for 100 yards in the first three games of the season since Akili King in 1993. Mike Mayweather was the last Army player to start the season with four straight 100-yard efforts in 1990, the season he broke the Black Knights’ single-season yardage record.
► Maples ranks sixth in the nation with 135.3 rushing yards per game. At the season’s quarter pole, he is well ahead of Mayweather’s single-season record pace.
► Army enters Saturday’s game ranked No. 1 in the nation in rushing with 399.0 yards per game. The Black Knights led the country in that category last season with 346.5 yards per game. In the last two outings, Army has run for a total of 915 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Black Knights are averaging 5.6 yards per carry in that span.
► The Black Knights have scored on their opening possession in each of the last two games. In 10 first half possessions during the last two outings, Army has six touchdowns and a field goal. In 12 second-half drive in that span, Army has five touchdowns.
► Army has scored at least 37 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004. The Black Knights have allowed 40-or-more points in three straight games for the first time since 2006.
A WIN VS. STONY BROOK WOULD …
► Snap Army’s seven-game overall losing streak dating back to last season.
► Be Army’s fourth straight win over a Football Championship Subdivison team and improve its all-time record against FCS foes to 52-10-1
► Avoid Army’s first 0-4 start since 2008.
► Be Army’s fourth home win in its last six tries
► Snap the Black Knights’ four game losing streak in September
► Open Army’s first three-game homestand since 2008 with a victory
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson’s 16th win at West Point (15-25).
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
► Stony Brook is led by head coach Chuck Priore who is in his seventh season with the Seawolves and 13th season overall. Priore has guided Stony Brook to a 40-32 record and at least a share of the Big South Conference championship in each of the last three seasons. The Seawolves qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs last season, defeating Albany in the first round before falling to top-ranked Sam Houston State by a touchdown. Priore arrived in Stony Brook after a successful six-year stint at Trinity where he led the program to three straight outright NESCAC championships and 24 consecutive wins to end his tenure.
► Stony Brook, ranked 18th in the latest Sports Network FCS poll, is coming off a 32-31 home win over Colgate last Saturday. Miguel Maysonet ran for 198 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Coker scored two touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Kyle Essington completed nine of his 18 throws for 155 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Seawolves jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but the Raiders scored 21 unanswered points to take a halfime lead. Colgate led 31-26 before Maysonet scored from one yard out with just 3:31 left. The Seawolves two-point conversion try failed, but their defense held on 4th-and-1 from the SBU 48-yard line to seal the victory.
► Army is Stony Brook’s second Football Bowl Subdivision opponent this season. The Seawolves lost at Syracuse, 28-17, on Sept. 15. SBU held a 17-14 edge at halftime, but two unanswered touchdowns by the Orange in the second half set the final margin. Maysonet ran for 158 yards, including a 71-yard scoring run, at the Carrier Dome. In addition to Colgate, the Seawolves have home wins over Central Connecticut State (49-17) and Pace (77-7).
► The Seawolves high-powered offense is averaging 43.8 points and 480.0 yards per game. Stony Brook is averaging 327.8 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest average among the 121 FCS teams. SBU is ninth in the nation in total offense and fifth in the country in scoring offense. Maysonet is averaging 145.0 yards per game and a whopping 8.2 yards per carry. He has 580 yards and a team-high six touchdowns on just 71 carries. Coker has 283 yards and five touchdowns, while Jamie Williams has four rushing scores. Essington is 28-for-60 through the air for 595 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Kevin Norrell has been his favorite target, catching 12 passes for 375 yards (31.2 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.
► Defensively, Stony Brook is allowing 296.8 yards and 20.8 points per game, ranking 18th and 34th in the FCS rankings, respectively. Jawara Dudley is the team’s top tackler with 27 stops. He also boasts 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Cedrick Moore has 25 stops, while Dominick Reyes is next on the list with 24 tackles. Leston Simpson leads the squad with 4.5 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. U.S. Military Academy Prep School product Davonte Anderson has both of the Seawolves’ interceptions this season.
► Wesley Skiffington handles both the punting and kicking duties. He is 3-for-3 on field goal tries, including a 41-yarder against Colgate. He is averaging 42.6 yards on 10 punts. Maysonet has also been effective in the return game, averaging 25.0 yards on four kickoff returns.
THE ARMY-STONY BROOK SERIES
► Saturday is the first meeting between the Black Knights and Seawolves on the gridiron.
ARMY VS. THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE
► Stony Brook is Army’s first opponent from the Big South since taking on VMI during the 2010 season.
► The Seawolves are just the second team currently competing in the Big South that have been on Army’s schedule.
► The Black Knights are 14-1 all-time against VMI, including five straight wins.
ARMY VS. THE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION
► Prior to the 2007 season, the NCAA enacted new nomenclature to differentiate between the different levels of Divison I football. What was formerly knows as Division I-A is now called the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Division I-AA is now known as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
► The divisions split in 1978. Since that time, the Black Knights have played 62 games against the FCS, accumulating a 51-10-1 record. Lafayette has been Army’s most common FCS opponent. The two teams have played 12 times since 1978 with Army winning 11 times.
► Army played at least one game against an FCS school from 1978-97. The schedule was solely FBS squads from 1999-2001 before the 2002 team opened against Holy Cross.
► The Stony Brook game will mark the eighth consecutive year the Black Knights have played an FCS squad.
► Junior RB Raymond Maples and sophomore FB Larry Dixon have each hit the 100-yard mark in the last two games. They are the first Army duo since Mike Mayweather and Calvin Cass in 1989 to each rush for 100 yards in the same game at least twice during a season.
► The tandem has combined to rush for 229.3 yards per game. Maples and Dixon alone would be ranked 24th in rushing in the latest NCAA team statistical rankings. Maples is sixth in the nation at 135.3 yards per contest, while Dixon is tied for 35th with 94.0 yards per contest.
► Maples and Dixon are one of two rushing duos in the country to average at least 90.0 yards per game. Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson leads the country with 174.8 yards per game, while quarterback Cody Fajardo is 24th with 104.50 yards per contest.
ARMY REACHES 500-YARD MARK AT WAKE FOREST
► The Black Knights posted 506 yards of total offense in its 49-37 loss at Wake Forest. It was the 52nd time in Academy history Army reached 500 yards of total offense and ranks tied for 42nd on the program’s single-game ledger.
► It was Army’s highest offensive output since going for 544 yards last season against Fordham. It was the first time the Black Knights reached 500 yards of offense against a Football Bowl Subdivision team since a 554-yard effort against Cincinnati on Oct. 9, 2004.
► The loss to the Demon Deacons ended a four-game winning streak when reaching 500 yards.
UP NEXT ...
► Army plays the middle game of its three-game homestand on Oct. 6 when it hosts Boston College.
► The Eagles are Army’s second ACC foe in a three-week span. The Black Knights lost at Wake Forest on Sept. 22.
► Next Saturday’s game marks Boston College’s first trip to West Point since 2000.
► Army lost its last game against the Eagles in Chestnut Hill during the 2007 season.