Oct. 3, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team will take the field in search of its second straight win when it travels to Boston College Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be streamed live by ESPN3. The Black Knights (2-3) and Eagles are meeting for the second straight season.
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Army and Boston College have been regular foes throughout the years, meeting 37 times since 1917. The two teams met every season from 1975-95. The Eagles lead the all-time series 24-13, but the Black Knights scored a 34-31 win last season at Michie Stadium to end BC’s five-game winning streak in the rivalry. Army is making its first trip to Chestnut Hill since the 2007 season.
The Black Knights are coming off a 35-16 win over Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Army’s point total was a season high, as was the team’s 414 rushing yards. Terry Baggett led the ground attack with a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns. Backfield mate Trenton Turrentine also registered the best effort of his career with 81 yards. Army threw just three passes versus the Bulldogs, completing one for 16 yards. The Army defense sacked LA Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins four times and limited the Bulldogs to just 57 rushing yards.
The Eagles enter Saturday’s game with a 2-2 overall mark and 1-1 ACC record. Boston College started the season with wins over Villanova and Wake Forest, a team that defeated Army earlier this season, but has lost its last two games to USC and No. 8 Florida State.
Army enters this weekend’s play ranked second in the nation with 325.4 rushing yards per game. The upper echelon of the national rankings is familiar territory for the Black Knights’ offense having led the country in that category each of the past two seasons. The black Knights are averaging 391.0 yards of total offense and 21.6 points per game.
Turnovers have played a key role in determining Army’s success. The Black Knights have not committed a turnover in their two victories, while committing six miscues in their three losses.
The Black Knights have three players ranked among the nation’s top 70 runners. Baggett leads the team with 401 rushing yards, the 31st best total in the nation. The Chicago native is averaging 8.18 yards per carry, 19th nationally overall and third among players with at least 45 attempts. Quarterback Angel Santiago is 51st in the nation, totaling 348 yards on the ground, while fullback Larry Dixon’s 312 yards are the 68th most in the nation.
Santiago has completed 14 of his 36 pass attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Schurr and Kelvin White have also taken snaps under center. Schurr is 9-for-14 for 74 yards and a score, while White is 5-for-6 for 45 yards.
Rookie Xavier Moss leads the Black Knights with 12 catches for 146 yards. Chevaughn Lawrence and Anthony Stephens have each caught five balls. Lawrence had his 14-game streak with at least one reception snapped against Louisiana Tech. It was the longest run by an Army player since Jeremy Trimble caught a pass in 22 straight games during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
The Boston College defense is allowing an average of 420.0 yards and 26.8 points per game. The Eagles are 85th nationally against the run, giving up 179.3 ground markers per contest.
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis leads the team with 32 tackles. Steele Divitto is right behind with 31 total stops. Kasim Edebali has made a team-high 6.0 tackles for loss, including 4.5 quarterback sacks. Bryce Jones has two of the Eagles’ four interceptions.
The Army defense had one of its better efforts of the season in the win over Louisiana Tech, giving up just 16 points, its best total against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent this season. The Black Knights are 53rd out of 123 teams in total defense, allowing 376.0 yards per game. Army is 55th against the pass (219.6) and 66th versus the run (156.4).
Senior linebacker Thomas Holloway lead the Black Knights with 38 total tackles. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Junior defensive lineman Robert Kough paces Army with 4.0 tackles for loss. Colin Linkul recorded both of his team-high 2.0 quarterback sacks versus Louisiana Tech. Nine different players have registered at least one sack this season. Freshman cornerback Josh Jenkins leads the team with two interceptions, but will miss the first half of Saturday’s game after being disqualified in the second half of the LA Tech game for targeting a defenseless receiver.
The Eagles’ offense is averaging 329.5 yards and 22.3 points per game. Boston College has shown a balanced attack through four games, running for 157.5 yards per game and passing for 172.0 yards per contest.
Andre Williams, who ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a 99-yard score, last season versus Army, paces the Eagles with 515 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His 128.8 yards per game ranks 11th nationally.
Quarterback Chase Rettig has started all four games and has completed 61.5 percent of his throws (59-96). Rettig has thrown for 688 yards and eight touchdowns versus just three interceptions. Alex Amidon is his leading receiver with 27 catches for 304 yards and two scores. No other Eagle has more than seven catches. C.J. Parsons is tied for the team lead with two scoring receptions.
A win against the Eagles would mark the fifth straight season Army has defeated a team that plays in a Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying conference. Since 2009 Army has defeated Vanderbilt (SEC), Duke (ACC), Northwestern (Big Ten) and Boston College (ACC).
After two straight weeks away from West Point, the Black Knights are scheduled to return to the banks of the Hudson on Oct. 12 versus Eastern Michigan. Kickoff of the annual homecoming game is set for 1 p.m.