Army Football Game Notes: The Boston College Game

Patrick Laird leads Army with three receptions.

Patrick Laird leads Army with three receptions.

Oct. 1, 2012

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Date: Oct. 6, 2012
Time: 12:05 p.m. ET
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Michie Stadium
Capacity: 38,000
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: BC leads, 24-12
Last Meeting: Sept. 22, 2007 -- at Boston College 37, Army 17

TELEVISION    
CBS Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Ben Holden
Color Analyst: Randy Cross
Cadet Sideline Reporter: Tommy Busterud

ARMY RADIO    
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
^Spanish broadcasts

Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco
Color Analyst: Dean Darling
Sideline: Tony Morino
Program Host: Joe Beckerle, John Minko

► The 90-minute “Army Football Tailgate Show,” begins at 10:30 a.m. ET

SATELLITE RADIO    
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
The Army Sports Network broadcast can be heard on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 190.

INTERNET STREAMING    
goARMYsports.com
► 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.

COACHING MATCH UP
ARMY HEAD COACH Rich Ellerson

Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1977
4th Season at Army (15-26, .366)
13th Season Overall (75-67, .528)
Record vs. Boston College: 0-0

BOSTON COLLEGE HEAD COACH FRANK SPAZIANI
Alma Mater: Penn State, 1969
4th Season at BC (21-22, .488)
4th Season Overall (21-22 .488)
Record vs. Army: 0-0

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES
► Army plays the second of its three straight home games on Saturday when the Boston College Eagles come to Michie Stadium. It is the Eagles’ first trip to West Point since the 2000 season.
► The Black Knights are looking to break into the win column for the first time in 2012. Army is coming off a loss to Stony Brook last Saturday. It is the first time Army has lost its first four games since the 2008 squad started the season 0-4. The Black Knights have not started a season with at least five straight losses since 2005.
► Saturday’s game was originally slated to be played in Chestnut Hill, but in January the teams announced an agreement to exchange home games. The Black Knights will play at Boston College on Oct. 5, 2013.
► Despite a season-low 273 rushing yards versus Stony Brook, the Black Knights averaged a season-high 6.1 yards per carry. All four of the Black Knight runners who had multiple carries averaged better than 5.0 yards per rush, including two at better than 7.0 yards per attempt.
► The Black Knights were done in by four fumbles, all inside the Stony Brook 35-yard line, including two inside the 10-yard line. Army also turned the ball over on downs inside the 5-yard line. Army (6) is one of 25 teams in the country to have lost at least six fumbles this season. The Black Knights fell to 1-8 since 2009 when on the wrong end of a -3 or worse turnover margin. Army has lost 13 fumbles in its last eight losses.
► Army enters Saturday’s play ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing at 367.50 yards per game. The Black Knights are more than 20.0 yards per game ahead of last season’s rushing average that led the nation (346.5 yds/g).
► Senior QB Trent Steelman made history last Saturday. Steelman ran 17 times for 89 yards to become Army’s all-time quarterback rushing leader. Steelman has rushed for 2,362 yards in his career, passing Tory Crawford’s (1984-87) career mark of 2,313. Steelman is Army’s fifth all-time leading rusher regardless of position.
► Even with a season-low 81 yards against Stony Brook, junior RB Raymond Maples still ranks ninth in the nation with 121.75 rushing yards per game. Maples had opened the season with three straight 100-yard games.
► The Army defense allowed a season-low 23 points against Stony Brook. The Black Knights limited the Seawolves to just one touchdown and three field goals in four red zone trips. Army entered the game with a total of eight tackles for loss, but racked up 11 against Stony Brook, including 3.0 by senior LB Nate Combs who increased his team-leading sack total to 4.0 with a pair of quarterback takedowns.

A WIN VS. BOSTON COLLEGE WOULD …
► Snap Army’s eight-game overall losing streak dating back to last season
► Avoid Army’s first 0-5 start since 2005
► End the Black Knights’ five-game losing streak against the Eagles
► Be Army’s first home win of the season
► Mark the fourth straight season Army has defeated a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference
► End Army’s nine-game losing streak against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents
► Be the fifth time in the last seven years that Army has won its first game in October
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson’s 16th win at West Point (15-26)

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
► Boston College’s Frank Spaziani is in his fourth season as the head coach at Boston College. Spaziani has been on the Eagles’ staff a total of 16 seasons, including a 10-year run as defensive coordinator. The 1969 Penn State graduate has guided the Eagles to two bowl games in his first three seasons (Emerald Bowl & Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl), and was on staff for BC’s run of 12 consecutive bowl games that was snapped last season. Spaziani’s resume also includes stops with the Calgary Stampeders (1994-96) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1992-93) of the Canadian Football League and collegiate posts at Virginia (1982-90), Navy (1975-77) and Penn State (1969).
► Boston College is coming off a 45-31 home loss to 17th-ranked Clemson. The two teams combined for 996 yards of offense, including 341 passing yards by Eagles’ quarterback Chase Rettig. Rettig completed 25 of his 43 passes for three touchdowns and was intercepted twice. Alex Amidon caught nine balls for 193 yards and two scores.
► Army is averaging exacly one more yard per game (415.5-414.5) than Boston College in total offense, but the two teams have gone about their business in drastically different ways. Army is the nation’s second-ranked rushing offense at 367.5 yards per contest, while the Eagles are averaging just 84.5 yards per game on the ground, ranked 116th in the country. On the other side, Boston College boasts the country’s 13th-best passing attack at 330.00 yards per game. Army is last in the country with 48.0 passing yards per contest.
► Rettig is one of the nation’s top-ranked passers this season. His 323.0 yards per game ranks No. 1 in the ACC and is 11th nationally. Rettig is completing 57.1 percent of his throws (97-170) with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
► Amidon has been the Eagles’ go-to receiver through the first four games. He ranks in the top 10 nationally in both catches per game (9th, 8.25) and receiving yards per game (139.75, 4th). He has caught three touchdown passes and is averaging 16.9 yards per catch. Johnathan Coleman has caught 12 passes, including three for touchdowns. Five different Boston College players have caught at least one pass of at least 30 yards.
► Andre Williams in the team’s leading rusher with 178 yards on 58 attempts. He has accounted for both of Boston College’s rushing touchdowns this season.
► Defensively, the Eagles are giving up 436.00 yards and 27.75 points per game. Linebacker Nick Clancy leads the team with 53 tackles, and ranks second in the nation with 13.25 tackles per game. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has 44 stops and ranks tied for seventh in the country at 11.0 stops per game. Defensive end Brian Mihalik as a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss. Four different players have one interception each, while Clancy and Mihalik have a team-best three pass breakups.
► Kicker Nate Freese and punter Gerald Levano lead the special teams. Freese is 8-for-8 on field goal tries with a long of 39 yards, while Levano is averaging 42.8 yards per punt, including five kicks of better than 50 yards. Spiffy Evans has two punt returns for 93 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown. He also leads the team with 14 kickoff returns for 239 yards.

THE ARMY-BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES
► Boston College leads the all-time series against Army, 24-12. The series dates back to the 1917 season, a 13-7 Army win at West Point.
► The Eagles have won the last five meetings against the Black Knights. Army’s last victory was a 49-7 decision in 1995 at Alumni Stadium.
► Saturday’s game is the Eagles’ first trip to West Point since the 2000 season.
► The last meeting was a 37-17 Boston College win on Sept. 22, 2007.

SCOREBOARD WATCHING
► The Black Knights suffered a rare defeat when reaching the 40-point mark in its 41-40 loss to Northern Illinois. The loss snapped Army’s eight-game winning streak when scoring at least 40 points.
► The Black Knights have scored at least 21 points 22 times since the start of 2009, posting a 12-10 record which accounts for 80 percent of the team’s 15 victories in that span.
► Conversely, Army is 3-16 in that same time span when scoring 20 points or less. The Black Knights have lost six straight games when failing to score at least 21 points.

UP NEXT ...
► Army welcomes Kent State for its annual homecoming contest on Oct. 13
► The Black Knights will try to end a five-game losing streak against Mid-American Conference opponents.
► Army has won both its previous meetings with the Golden Flashes. The Black Knights won a 17-14 decision in overtime during 2006, Kent State’s last visit to West Point, and eanred a 45-28 win in Kent during the 2010 season.

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