Postgame Notes: Army vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 10, 2009)




TEAM

Army and Vanderbilt squared off for just the eighth time on Saturday, with the Black Knights leveling the all-time series at 4-4 with their dramatic 16-13 overtime victory.

Saturday's overtime defeat of Vanderbilt marked Army's first over a Southeastern Confernce opponent since the Black Knights last topped the Commodores on Nov. 17, 1990. Army had dropped two verdicts against SEC squads since that time (Vanderbilt in 1991 and Auburn in 1996).

Army's 16-13 overtime win over Vanderbilt on Saturday marked the Black Knights' first defeat of a Bowl Championship Series conference school since the Black Knights defeated Baylor in overtime in 2006. It marked Army's last home win over a BCS school (at the time) since topping Rutgers in 1997.

Saturday's overtime defeat of Vanderbilt on Saturday pushed the Black Knights' all-time record in overtime games to 6-1. The Black Knights remain undefeated in overtime games at Michie Stadium, boasting a perfect 5-0 record. Army has played at least one overtime game in each of its last four seasons. The Black Knights have played six overtime contests in their last 33 outings dating back to 2006.

Army matched its season win total from each of the last three years with Saturday's victory over Vanderbilt.

Three of the Black Knights' last four games have been decided by seven points or less. Army's last two outings have been decided by a total of four points.

Army drew a season-best crowd of 34,357 to Michie Stadium on Saturday.

When Alex Carlton drilled a 51-yard field goal midway through the second quarter for the first points of the game, it marked the sixth straight game in which Army has scored first this season.

Army leveled its overall record at 3-3 with Saturday's win. It marks the latest point in a season the Black Knights have owned a .500 record or better since 1996.

OFFENSE

Army was outgained by a 304-269 margin by Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Black Knights enjoyed a 222-160 rushing advantage. Saturday marked only the second time this year that the Black Knights have not scored points on their first offensive possession of the game.

Freshman QB Trent Steelman recorded a season high in rushing for the second straight week, finishing with 97 ground yards on a season-high 25 carries versus Vanderbilt. Steelman's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter marked his third rushing score of the season.

Trent Steelman established season highs for both pass completions (7) and pass attempts (16) versus Vanderbilt.

Trent Steelman made his sixth start of the season, extending his school record for most starts by a freshman quarterback.

Freshman SB Malcolm Brown drew his first collegiate start against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Brown, who missed the season's first four games due to injury, saw his first game action last week opposite Tulane. He registgered season-best totals of 39 rushing yards and 11 attempts against Vanderbilt.

Senior WR Damion Hunter notched a career best with five receptions against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Sophomore WR Davyd Brooks, a native of nearby Newburgh, N.Y., registered his first collegiate reception on Saturday. Brooks teamed with QB Trent Steelman on a 25-yard pass play in the first quarter.

DEFENSE

Army limited Vanderbilt to just 13 points and 304 total yards during its 16-13 overtime victory at Michie Stadium on Saturday. It marked the fourth time in six games that the Black Knights have limited the opposition to 304 total yards or less this season. It also marked the fourth time that Army has held its opponent below 20 point this fall. The Black Knights entered the game ranked 51st nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of 22.8 points per contest. Army has now won eight straight games in which it has held its opponent to 14 points or less.

Sophomore whip LB Andrew Rodriguez registered a career-high 13 tackles against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Rodriguez was credited with nine primary hits and a forced fumble. His forced fumble against Commodore RB Warren Norman at the 1-yard line in overtime prevented a Vanderbilt touchdown. It marked Rodriguez's first career forced fumble.

Junior DE Josh McNary notched his 11th quarterback career sack during the fourth quarter on Saturday. McNary stands third on Army's career chart. He ranks just an assisted quarterback sack out of second place on the list.

Junior FS Donovan Travis registered his team-leading fourth interception this season against Vanderbilt on Saturday. That figure ranks tied for 21st on Army's single-season list. Travis is averaging 27.2 yards on his four interception returns this season. He returned his pickoff on Saturday 36 yards, setting up a field goal that put Army ahead 13-10 late in the fourth quarter.

With six career interceptions, Donovan Travis ranks tied for 24th on Army's career aerial theft list.

SPECIAL TEAMS

After missing a potential game-winning 37-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining against Tulane last week, sophomore K Alex Carlton hit on all three of his field goal tries (51, 23, 42) opposite Vanderbilt on Saturday. His game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime smacked the left upright before falling over the crossbar.

Alex Carlton's 51-yard field in the second quarter marked the first field goal measuring at least 50 yards by an Army player since Kurt Heiss drilled 52-yarder against Navy in 1994.

Alex Carlton is now 10-for-13 on field goal tries this season overall and 4-for-4 from beyond 40 yards. Carlton stands tied for 12th on Army's single-season list. It marks only the fifth time that an Army player has reached double figures in field goals during a single season since 1991. Carlton now stands tied for 12th on Army's career field goals made list.

Alex Carlton has hit on 76.9 percent of his field goal attempts this season. That figure ranks sixth on Army's career field goal percentage list (10 attempts minimum) and 10th on the Black Knights' single-season chart.

Senior WR Damion Hunter averaged 30.5 yards on two kickoff returns versus Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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