Black Knights Earn 62-7 Homecoming Victory Over VMI




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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP)
- Jeremy Trimble returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and caught a TD pass to lead Army to 62-7 victory over VMI on Saturday, the Black Knights' highest scoring game in 48 years.

Army (3-3) scored on five of its first six possessions against the Division I-AA opponent. Wesley McMahand rushed for two touchdowns for the Black Knights, one of five players with a rushing TD for Army.

The Black Knights last scored more than 60 points in 1958, when they beat Colgate 68-6. Army coach Bobby Ross graduated from VMI one year later. Ross improved to 3-4 against his alma mater.

Army is off to its best start since 1996, when the Black Knights won their first nine and finished 10-2.

Sean Mizzer rushed 13 times for 114 yards, including a 68-yard TD run for VMI (1-5), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

Army did not begin a drive any farther back than VMI's 40-yard line until its sixth possession. Meanwhile, VMI did not cross midfield until Mizzer's TD run with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter.

The Black Knights totaled 426 yards of offense, while holding the Keydets to 191 yards.

It didn't take long for Army to get going. Barrett Scruggs forced Mizzer to fumble on VMI's second play of the game, with Charlie Rockwood pouncing on the loose ball. On the next play, McMahand broke through the middle, slipped a leg tackle and ran into the end zone for a 25-yard score.

Trimble is the first Army player to return two punts for touchdowns in one season since Omari Thompson in 2000 and Glenn Davis in 1944. Army's David Pevoto was 9-for-13 passing for 114 yards.

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