Army vs. VMI Postgame Notes (PDF)
Army’s 62-7 victory over Virginia Military Institute upped the Black Knights’ lead in the overall series to 12-1 and marked the most points scored by either side in 13 meetings as well as the largest margin of victory.
The win moved the Black Knights’ record to 3-3, rating as the latest point in the season in which Army showed a .500 record since 1996. It was Army’s second win on Homecoming in the last three years.
The Black Knights have won seven of their last 11 contests, dating back to last season.
Army’s 62 points in the contest ranks as the 21st time in history that the Black Knights have eclipsed 60 points in a game and the first time since Nov. 1, 1958, in a 68-6 win over Colgate at Michie Stadium.
The 55-point margin of victory marked the largest margin for Army in a victory since defeating Lafayette, 56-0, on Oct. 20, 1990.
Army led 31-7 at halftime, marking the largest lead by the Black Knights at the end of the first half since jumping out to a 45-17 advantage over Louisville on Oct. 7, 1999. That game ended with the Black Knights taking a 59-52 decision in double-overtime.
Army scored 20 points on turnovers. The Black Knights scored on 10 of its 13 drives.
Army established or tied 11 team game highs for the 2006 season on Saturday, including touchdowns (8), rushing touchdowns (6) and rushing yards (278). The Black Knights set or tied eight individual game highs in the contest as well, including longest punt return (76 yards), longest pass from scrimmage (38 yards) and tying most rushing touchdowns in a game (McMahand 2).
Army scored a touchdown on its first play from scrimmage when RB Wesley McMahand ran in from 25 yards out 1:01 into the game. It ranked as the quickest the Black Knights have scored in a game since Carlton Jones ran 69 yards for a touchdown just 53 seconds into the game against Air Force on Nov. 6, 2004.
The Black Knights recorded five rushing touchdowns in a game for the first time since Oct. 16, 2004, at South Florida. Carlton Jones scored all five touchdowns in that contest.
Sophomore RB Wesley McMahand registered his second multiple-rushing touchdown performance of the season, scoring two touchdowns in the game. He scored on runs of 25 yards and six yards.
Three Army players picked up their first career touchdowns. Junior FB Mike Viti bulled in from three yards out in the second quarter, Collin Mooney scored from nine yards out in the third quarter and Carlo Sandiego ran 20 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. Mooney’s touchdown run was the first carry of his career.
Army forced four VMI turnovers. It marks the most turnovers forced by Army since the Sept. 6, 2000 game versus Houston.
Army won the turnover battle for the first time this season. The Black Knights registered four takeaways and notched two turnovers.
Army held VMI to 191 yards of total offense. It marks the first time that Army held an opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense since allowing 198 yards to Tulane on Nov. 16, 2002.
Army held VMI to 21 yards passing. It marks the first tine that Army has held an opponent to less than 50 yards passing since limiting Navy to 41 yards on Dec. 3, 2005. It stands as the lowest passing total by an Army opponent since Air Force passed for (minus -1) yard in a 25-6 defeat of the Black Knights on Nov. 6, 1993.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Junior Jeremy Trimble’s 76-yard punt return touchdown marked his second punt return for a touchdown this season. Trimble is the first Army player since Omari Thompson in 2000 to return two punts for touchdown in a single season. The only other Army player to return two punts for touchdown in the same season is Glenn Davis (1944).
Jeremy Trimble set career highs in all-purpose yards (179) and punt return yards (146). His 76-yard punt return touchdown marked a career-long return.
Senior Austin Miller set career highs in extra points made (8), extra points attempted (8) and points scored (14). He tied his career high for field goals made (2).