Army Foootball Game Notes: The Kent State Game

Patrick Laird has five catches in the last two games.

Patrick Laird has five catches in the last two games.

Oct. 8, 2012

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The Last Meeting
Army45
Kent State28
November 13, 2010
Kent, Ohio (Dix Stadium)
Army Scores 45-28 Win At Kent State
Army Scores 45-28 Win At Kent State

Date: Oct. 13, 2012
Time: 12:05 p.m. ET
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Michie Stadium
Capacity: 38,000
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: Army leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010
  Army 45, at Kent State 28

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COACHING MATCH UP
ARMY HEAD COACH Rich Ellerson
  Alma Mater: Hawai'i, 1977
  4th Season at Army (16-26, .381)
  13th Season Overall (76-67, .531)
  Record vs. Kent State: 1-0

KENT STATE HEAD COACH DARRELL HAZELL
  Alma Mater: Muskingum, 1986
  2nd Season at Kent State (9-8, .529)
  2nd Season Overall (9-8, .529)
  Record vs. Army: 0-0

SATURDAY'S HEADLINES
► After scoring its first victory of the season last week, a come-from-behind 34-31 win over Boston College, the Black Knights wrap up their three-game homestand versus the Kent State Golden Flashes.
► The Army offense got back on track in the win over the Eagles, rushing for 516 yards and gaining 595 yards of total offense. It was the eighth-best rushing game in Academy history and the most against a current Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since running for 546 against Rutgers on Oct. 12, 1996. The Black Knights' total offense output was the seventh most in Academy history and the most ever against a current Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
► Senior QB Trent Steelman continued to cement his place in Army lore with a 141-yard, three touchdown performance against the Eagles. Steelman scored the game-winning touchdown on a 29-yard scamper with just 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter. His dramatic score broke Army's career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Steelman's 36 rushing scores is not only most by a Black Knights' signal caller, but also the third most in Academy history behind only Army legends Glenn Davis (43) and Mike Mayweather (37). Steelman now holds the records for most rushing attempts (628), rushing yards (2,503), rushing touchdowns and points (218) by an Army quarterback.
► Army moved back into the No. 1 position on the NCAA rushing ledger. The Black Knights are averaging 397.2 yards per game on the ground, eight yards better than second place Air Force and 66 yards ahead of third place Georgia Tech.
► The Black Knights' triple option has produced three runners who rank in the top 50 in the nation in rushing yards per game. Army is the only team to have three of the country's top 50 rushers. Junior RB Raymond Maples is fifth in the nation with a 134.2 yards per game average. Sophomore FB Larry Dixon is tied for 35th at 92.00 yards per contest, while senior QB Trent Steelman is 46th at 86.20 yards per game. Nevada is the only other team in the nation with mutliple top-50 rushers (2).
► The dynamic rushing trio each ran for 100 yards against Boston College. Maples led the way with a career-best 184 yards on a career-high 34 carries. Steelman went for 141 yards and three scores, while Dixon posted 128 yards and one touchdown. Army has had at least two 100-yard rushers in four of the first five games, tying the Academy record for most games with multiple 100-yard runners (1948). Army's two games with three 100-yard rushers equals the program record set in 1984.
► Army has not won back to back games since defeating North Texas on Sept. 18, 2010 and Duke on Sept. 25, 2010. The Black Knights have lost eight straight games following victories, including the 2011 season opener after the win in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

A WIN VS. KENT STATE WOULD ...
► Mark the first time Army won back-to-back games since Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, 2010.
► Be the Black Knights' fifth win in the last eight games at Michie Stadium.
► Be Army's third win in as many games all-time against the Golden Flashes.
► End the Black Knights' five-game losing streak versus Mid-American Conference opponents.
► Be the Black Knights' first win in a game immediately following a victory over an opponent from a BCS automatic qualifying conference (0-4).
► Improve Army's October record to 6-4 since 2010.
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson's 17th win at West Point (16-26)

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN FLASHES
► Kent State is under the guidance of second-year head coach Darrell Hazell. After a 5-7 record in his first season, Hazell has the Golden Flashes off to a 4-1 start in 2012. Army fans should be familiar with Hazell after his stint as Army's wide receivers and tight ends coach during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. A 1986 Muskingum graduate, Hazell has more than 25 years of experience at the collegiate level, mostly with wide receivers, running backs and tight ends. He arrived in Kent after seven seasons at Ohio State, including six years as the assistant head coach.
► The Golden Flashes are off to their best start since 1977 after a 41-14 road win at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Dri Archer scored three touchdowns -- a five-yard reception, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 64-yard run -- to lead Kent State to its third 40-point effort of the season. Quarterback Spencer Keith completed 12 of his 21 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, while Trayion Durham ran for 116  yards and two scores on 24 carries. Archer finished the game with 222 all-purpose yards.
► Offensively, the Golden Flashes are averaging 401.6 yards and 32.8 points per game. The ground game has been especially potent, running for 201.8 yards per game, 30th best in the nation. Durham is the team's top rusher with 92.0 yards per game. He is tied for the team lead with five of Kent State's 12 rushing touchdowns.
► Archer has been the Golden Flashes' No. 1 weapon this season. Lining up as both a running back and wide receiver, he leads the country in all-purpose yards (230.6) and ranks fourth in scoring (13.2). He has 11 touchdowns this season, five on the ground, three through the air and three on kickoff returns. He is the nation's top kick returner, averaging 47.7 yards per return (11 attempts, 525 yards). Archer is averaging 80.6 rushing yards and 45.0 receiving yards per contest.
► Josh Boyle leads the receiving corps with 18 catches for 254 yards despite not starting a game. Archer has 14 catches for 225 yards, while Matthew Hurdle has caught 13 passes, three for touchdowns.
► Linebacker Luke Batton leads the Kent State defense, which is giving up an average of 375.4 yards and 26.4 points per game, with 41 tackles. Luke Wollet has 36 stops and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Roosevelt Nix paces the Golden Flashes with 7.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks. Jake Dooley also has 2.5 quarterback takedowns. Darius Polk also has two interceptions.
► The Golden Flashes' special teams are among the nation's top units. Kent State ranks second in the nation in kickoff returns (37.29) and 42nd in net punting (38.50). The Golden Flashes punt coverage is eighth in the nation, allowing just 1.6 yards per return.
► Aside from Archer, Eric Adeyemi is averaging 23.2 yards per kickoff return. Wollet leads the team with 14 yards on two punt returns. Anthony Melchiori is averaging 39.8 yards per punt, pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line eight times. Freddy Cortez is 8-for-12 on field goal tries, including a perfect 5-for-5 from inside 30 yards. Cortez ranks tied for 16th in the nation with 1.6 field goals per game.

THE ARMY-KENT STATE SERIES
► Army and Kent State have met twice before. Army has won both games, including a 17-14 overtime win at Michie Stadium on Sept. 9, 2006.
► The Black Knights won their only trip to Kent, defeating the Golden Flashes 45-28 in 2010.

ARMY VS. THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
► Kent State is the second of four teams from the Mid-American Conference on Army's 2012 schedule. The Black Knights will also host Ball State, along with making a trip to Eastern MIchigan.
► The 2012 season marks the seventh straight year Army has played at least one game versus a MAC opponent.
► The Black Knights are 8-13 against the MAC since 2005, and have lost their last five outings versus MAC foes (2005: 1-1; 2006: 1-0; 2007: 1-2; 2008: 1-3; 2009: 2-1; 2010: 2-1; 2011: 0-4; 2012: 0-1).
► Army is 19-12 all-time against teams currently competing in the MAC (Akron, 3-1; Ball State, 2-1; Buffalo, 1-2; Central Michigan, 0-2; Eastern Michigan, 4-0; Kent State, 2-0; Massachusetts, 2-0; Miami, 2-3; Northern Illinois, 1-2; Ohio, 1-0; Western Michigan, 1-1).

TRIPLE OPTION TRIO
► Junior RB Raymond Maples (5th, 134.20), sophomore FB Larry Dixon (t-35th, 92.00) and senior QB Trent Steelman (46th, 86.20) are all ranked in the nation's top 50 in rushing. The Black Knights are the only team with three players among the nation's top 50.
► The trio is averaging 312.4 rushing yards per game. That would place them third in this week's national team rushing rankings (not counting Army).

ARMY'S LOSS LEADER
► Senior LB Nate Combs has made himself at home in the opponents' backfield this season. Through five games, he has a team-leading 6.0 quarterback sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss.
► Combs has had multiple sacks in four of his last six games. He ended last season with a two-sack game versus Navy, and has had two sacks against San Diego State, Stony Brook and Boston College.
► Combs had a career high 3.0 tackles for loss against the Seawolves.
► Combs leads the Black Knights with 8.0 tackles for loss and has six of Army's 11 sacks. Both totals have already surpassed his 2011 season totals of six tackles for loss and three sacks.

UP NEXT ...
► Army plays its first road game in nearly a month when it travels to Eastern Michigan. The Black Knights have not played on the road since Sept. 22 at Wake Forest.
► EMU is the third MAC opponent on the Black Knights' schedule.
► Next Saturday will mark Army's third trip to Ypsilanti in the last four years. The Black Knights opened the 2009 and 2010 seasons with victories at Rynearson Stadium.

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