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Army Postgame Notes

TEAM
Army and Duke squared off for the 22nd time Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Army pulled within 11-10-1 all-time versus the Blue Devils with Saturday’s victory. The Black Knights are now 3-5 against Duke in Durham and snapped a five-game losing streak. Prior to Saturday, Army’s last win over Duke in Durham was in 1959.

With Saturday’s win, Army is now 35-54-1 all-time against teams that currently comprise the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Black Knights snapped a seven-game overall losing streak versus ACC opponents and a 17-game losing streak versus the ACC on the road.

Army’s 3-1 record marks the first time the Black Knights have been two games above the .500 mark since ending the 1996 campaign at 10-2.

Army’s players debuted their new “warm-weather” white pants on Saturday versus Duke, marking the first the Black Knights have ever worn white uniform pants in a game. Army’s “India Whites” uniform is symbolic of one of the uniforms issued to cadets at West Point (full white top and bottom). Army has traditionally worn gold uniform pants in games.

The Black Knights won the turnover battle against Duke on Saturday, forcing five turnovers, while committing none. Stephen Anderson, Donnie Dixon and Richard King registered interceptions for the Black Knights, while Jarrett Mackey forced a fumble that was recovered by Donovan Travis. Josh McNary also recovered an unforced fumble for Army. Those four turnovers led directly to 28 points for the Black Knights. Army is now 7-0 under Rich Ellerson when winning the turnover battle.

Army is 2-0 on the road this season and has won three straight games on opponents’ home fields (at North Texas, 2009). It is Army’s longest winning streak in true road games since the Black Knights won six straight over the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

OFFENSE
Army QB Trent Steelman drew his 16th consecutive start under center for the Black Knights. Steelman became the first quarterback in Army history to start 12 games last fall. He has not missed a single start during his two-year tenure at West Point. Steelman’s eight victories as Army’s starting quarterback are the most by any Black Knights’ signal caller since the start of the 1997 season.

Sophomore SB Brian Cobbs drew his first career start for the Black Knights. He teamed with SB Malcolm Brown and FB Jared Hassin to form Army’s starting backfield. Cobbs notched his first two career TD runs in the first half, helping stake the Black Knights to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.

Freshman SB Jon Crucitti ripped off a season-long 19-yard run in the first quarter. Crucitti hails from Salisbury, N.C.

Trent Steelman registered his seventh career rushing touchdown, and second of the season, in the first quarter on Saturday.

Freshman SB Raymond Maples returned to action after sitting out last week’s game against North Texas due to an ankle injury. Maples ripped off an 18-yard gain in the first quarter. He finished with 32 yards on nine carries and scored his first career touchdown on a 34-yard reception, the first catch of his career.

When Trent Steelman hit Raymond Maples with a 34-yard TD pass following a Duke fumble in the third quarter, it marked Army’s first touchdown pass of the season.

Trent Steelman connected with Austin Barr on a 31-yard touchdown pass later in the third quarter. It marked Barr’s first career touchdown reception. It also stands as the first time that Steelman has tossed two touchdown passes in a game and marks the first time an Army quarterback threw multiple touchdowns in a game since Carson Williams tossed three scoring passes against Tulsa on Nov. 17, 2007.

With Army’s 35-point output on Saturday, the Black Knights have now scored at least 24 points in four straight games since 2002.

DEFENSE
Senior LB Stephen Anderson registered his first career interception at the Duke 39 in the first quarter, setting up Army’s first touchdown. Anderson returned the interception 36 yards, providing the Black Knights with a 1st-and-goal situation from the Duke 3-yard line. SB Brian Cobbs scored on the game’s next play.

FS Jordan Trimble made his second consecutive start in place of Donovan Travis, who is still bothered by a shoulder injury.

SS Donnie Dixon notched his first career interception at the Duke 25 late in the first quarter. He returned the pickoff 20 yards to the Duke 5-yard line, setting up Trent Steelman’s 1-yard TD plunge moments later.

Senior CB Richard King made his first interception since Aug. 29, 2008 versus Temple. The pick in the end zone snuffed a Duke scoring change with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Army’s defense forced three turnovers in Duke territory, leading to 21 points for the Black Knights.

SPECIAL TEAMS
For the second time this season, Army had a field goal attempt blocked. Carlton’s 33-yard attempt in the first quarter was deflected at the line of scrimmage.
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