Army battled Temple for the fifth time Saturday and the first time since 1994. The Black Knights have now won four of their five meetings with the Owls.
Saturday’s win over Temple snapped Army’s 10-game losing streak against schools from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Prior to Saturday, the Black Knights’ most-recent win over a school from the FBS dated back to Sept. 23, 2006, against Baylor.
When Army returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown on Saturday it marked the fastest the Black Knights have scored in a game since reaching the end zone 17 seconds into a 38-7 win over Boston College on Oct. 25, 1969. It also marked the first time Army has returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in more than 40 years.
With the win, Army ran its home record to 2-0 this season. The Black Knights had not posted consecutive victories at Michie Stadium since late in the 2005 campaign.
Army’s season-high attendance of 34,176 marked the highest attendance at Michie Stadium since the Black Knights attracted a crowd of 38,482 against Connecticut on Oct. 1, 2005.
Army scored touchdowns four different ways on Saturday, scoring on offense, defense, punt return and kickoff return. The Black Knights registered a season-high 37 points in the win, their highest point total against a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision since posting 38 points in a victory over Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.
When Corey Anderson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, it marked the first time Army had scored points in the first quarter this season. The Black Knights entered the game having been outscored 32-0 in the opening stanza. Army’s offense has yet to score in the first quarter this season.
Senior Jeremy Trimble finished with a career-high 258 all-purpose yards (128 PR, 125 rec., 5 rush) against Temple, marking the highest total for an Army player since Scott Wesley rolled up 269 all-purpose yards (all on kickoff return yards) against Tulane on Nov. 13, 2004.
Army topped the century mark in rushing for the first time this year, finishing with 154 ground yards on 39 attempts. The Black Knights entered the game averaging just 59.8 rushing yards per contest.
Junior RB Tony Dace posted a career-high 49 yards rushing on nine carries. His 34-yard burst in the second quarter marked Army’s longest rush from scrimmage this year.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble established a new career high in receiving yardage, finished with 125 receiving yards on five catches. Trimble’s 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception marked a career long.
Nine different Army players registered rushing attempts, including senior P Owen Tolson, who scampered 22 yards for a first down following a poor snap. Tolson and sophomore WR Damion Hunter both recorded their first career runs from scrimmage.
Jeremy Trimble moved into third place on Army’s career receiving yards list following Saturday’s 125-yard effort against Temple. Trimble pass Mike Fahnestock (1977-80) on the list and stands 56 yards shy of Aaron Alexander (2002-04) for second place on the list. Trimble also needs just nine catches to become the Black Knights’ career leader in receptions.
Jeremy Trimble’s 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception in the fourth quarter marked his first scoring catch of the year and the ninth of his Army career. He ranks tied for sixth on the Black Knights’ career list.
The Black Knights posted a season-high 329 yards of total offense against Temple. Army’s previous season high in total offense stood at 276, recorded against Rhode Island on Sept. 8.
The Black Knights forced a season-high five turnovers (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions) against Temple. It marked the first time Army’s defense has force five miscues since registering four fumble recoveries and an interception in a 48-29 defeat of Cincinnati on Oct. 9, 2004.
Junior DB Josh Mitchell and senior DE Brandon Thompson recorded the first interception of their respective West Point careers.
Senior SS Caleb Campbell registered his third forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career midway through the second quarter against Temple. The ball rocketed out of the hands of Temple RB Jason Harper (for an 18-yard loss) and didn’t stop rolling until senior FS Jordan Murray fell on the loose ball in the end zone. It marked Murray’s second career fumble recovery and first career touchdown.
In addition to Jordan Murray, junior LB Frank Scappaticci and sophomore DT Ted Bentler notched fumble recoveries. Sophomore DE Victor Ugenyi and senior DT John Wright joined Caleb Campbell in recording fumble recoveries.
Army registered a defensive touchdown for the second consecutive week. Senior LB Brian Chmura returned an interception for a TD against Boston College last week.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Army registered three special teams touchdowns on Saturday, returning a kickoff and a punt for scores. It marked the Black Knights’ second and third special teams scores of the season. The Black Knights blocked a punt for a score in the fourth quarter versus Akron.
Senior PR Jeremy Trimble registered a season-high 128 punt return yards against Temple, the second-highest total of his career. He moved into second place on Army’s career list with 545 punt return yards.
Jeremy Trimble became the first player in Army history to register three career punt returns for touchdowns when he ripped off an 85-yard return for a score on Saturday. It marked the longest punt return of Trimble’s career. Trimble’s 85-yard punt return marked the Black Knights’ third longest punt return since 1982 and longest since an 88-yard return for a touchdown by Aris Comeaux against UAB on Oct. 26, 2002.
Junior P Owen Tolson enjoyed one of the finest days of his Army career, averaging 44.8 yards on six punts. He dropped four kicks inside Temple’s 20-yard line, notched three tackles, ran 22 yards on a first down off a poor snap and hit a 32-yard field goal.
Senior KR Corey Anderson’s 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the game’s opening play marked Army’s fifth-longest kickoff return since 1982 and longest since a 97-yard return for a touchdown by Scott Wesley against Tulane in 2004.