Army Football Game Notes: The Rutgers Game




WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army will go for its fourth straight win away from West Point this season when it travels to East Rutherford, N.J., to take on Rutgers in the first collegiate football game played at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Kick off is set for 2 p.m.

TELEVISION
There is no television coverage for the Rutgers game.

ARMY RADIO
Army Sports Network

  Flagship: WABC (770-AM, New York, N.Y.)
  Affiliates: WALL (1340-AM, Middletown, N.Y.);  
  WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco
Color Analyst: Dean Darling
Sideline: Tony Morino
Program Host: Bob Outer, John Minko

The 90-minute “Army Football Tailgate Show,” begins at 12 p.m. Pre-game coverage starts at 1:30 p.m. ET.

SATELLITE RADIO
The Army Sports Network game broadcast will be carried via Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 126)  and beginning at 2 p.m. ET

INTERNET STREAMING
ESPN3 (www.espn3.com)
  Play-by-Play: Bob Picozzi
  Color Analyst: Curt Warner

ESPN3 will stream the game live on Saturday. There is no charge for the webcast, however users’ internet service provider must subscribe to the streaming platform. Check www.espn3.com for a list of providers. ESPN3 is available on college campuses and military bases in the U.S.

The entire Army Sports Network broadcast (audio), including the “Army Football Tailgate Show,” will be streamed live via ITT Knight Vision on www.goARMYsports.com each week. Subscription fees apply.

On Tuesdays of game weeks, Rich Ellerson’s weekly press conference will be video streamed live on ITT Knight Vision. Thursday’s “This Week in Army Football,” show will also be video streamed live. Both events are available only to ITT Knight Vision subscribers.

COACHING MATCH UP
ARMY HEAD COACH RICH ELLERSON

  Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1977
  2nd Season at Army (9-9, .500)
  11th Season Overall (69-50, .580)
  Record vs. Rutgers: 0-1

RUTGERS HEAD COACH GREG SCHIANO
  Alma Mater: Bucknell, 1988
  10th Season at Rutgers (58-57, .504)
  10th Season Overall (58-57, .504)
  Record vs. Army: 5-0

ARMY QUICK HITTERS
Army stayed perfect on the road last weekend with a 41-23 win at Tulane. Not counting neutral site games such as this weekend’s contest, Army has won four consecutive games on opponents’ home fields dating back to last season, it’s longest such streak since 1996-67.

Sophomore FB Jared Hassin paced the Black Knights in New Orleans with 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Despite ranking in the top 10 in rushing all season, it was Army’s first individual 100-yard rusher of the season. As a team, the Black Knights rushed for a season-high 312 yards and four touchdowns against the Green Wave. Army is the ninth-ranked rushing offense in the nation at 274.33 yards per contest.

Army has scored 30-or-more points in four of its six games this season, including the last three outings. It is the first time since 1996 that the Black Knights have posted at least 30 points in as many as three straight games. Army is averaging 32.3 points per game. The Black Knights have not averaged 30.0-or-more points per game for an entire season since 1985. If Army can maintain its current pace, it will mark its highest scoring average since the 1954 team averaged 36.1 points per game.

The Black Knights’ 194 points through six games already represents Army’s highest-scoring season since 2007 (203 points in 12 games). Army scored 184 points last season and 177 points in 2008.

Army has scored 26 offensive touchdowns (22 rush, 4 pass) in six games, matching its best output since the 2006 team scored 26 times  on offense (16 rush, 10 pass). Army’s 22 rushing touchdowns so far this season is its best showing since the 1999 squad ran for 24 scores.

The Black Knights’ success so far this season has been largely predicated on the turnover margin. Army is tied for the national lead in that category at +2.00 per game. The Black Knights have scored 86 points off 16 takeaways while allowing only 10 points on four giveaways. Army also leads the nation in time of possession (35:25/game).

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is in his 10th season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights. He has posted a 58-57 record and taken the program to bowl games in each of the past five years.

The Scarlet Knights snapped a two-game losing streak with a thrilling 27-24 win over Connecticut in their Big East opener last Friday night. The Huskies led 24-17, but Rutgers scored 10 points in the final 3:53, including San San Te’s game-winning 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds left. Freshman QB Chas Dodd completed 18 of his 29 throws for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

For the season, Rutgers is averaging 20.8 points and 328.8 yards per game. Mohamed Sanu is the team’s leading ground gainer with 252 yards (50.4/game) and a team-leading four touchdowns. He broke a 91-yarder for a score versus Tulane two weeks ago. Joe Martinek is averaging 40.2 rushing yards per game. Dodd made his first career start last week. In four games, he has thrown for 504 yards and three touchdowns while completing 52.5 percent of his passes (32-61). Sanu is also the Scarlet Knights’ top receiver with 23 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.

Rutgers boasts one of the top stop units in the nation. The Scarlet Knights rank 11th in the nation in total defense (270.20 yds./game), 10th in rushing defense (90.20 yds./game), 29th in passing defesne (180.00 yds./game) and 9th in scoring defense (14.40 pts./game). Antonio Lowery leads the team with 46 tackles, while Alex Silvestro has made a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss.

THE ARMY-RUTGERS SERIES
The Army-Rutgers all-time series is tied at 18-18. The series dates back to the 1891 season, Army’s second year of competition.

Rutgers has won the last six meetings with the Black Knights, including a 27-10 win at West Point last season. Army’s last victory against Rutgers was a 37-35 win at West Point in 1997.


ARMY VS. THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE
Rutgers is the only member of the Big East Confernece on the Black Knights’ 2010 docket.

This season marks the 11th consecutive season that the Black Knights have played at least one team from the Big East. Army took on Connecticut from 2004-06, Rutgers in 2002-03 and 2007-09, and Boston College in 2000 and 2001. Army is 0-10 in that span and has lost 12 straight to Big East opponents. The Black Knights’ last win against a team competing in the conference was a 37-35 decision versus Rutgers in 1997

Army is 44-53-2 against teams currently competing in the Big East (Cincinnati, 3-3; Connecticut, 1-4; Louisville, 3-6; Pittsburgh, 6-19-2;  Rutgers, 18-18; South Florida, 1-1; Syracuse, 10-11; West Virginia, 2-1).

Army competed in Conference USA from 1998-2004 with current Big East members Cincinnati and Louisville. South Florida competed in C-USA with the Black Knights in 2003 and 2004.

THE LAST MEETING - RUTGERS 27, ARMY 10 (OCT. 23, 2009)
WEST POINT, N.Y.  —
Joe Martinek rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and Rutgers forced three Army turnovers as the Scarlet Knights posted a 27-10 win at a rainy Michie Stadium.
 
Martinek carried 25 times and scored on runs of four and six yards as Rutgers improved to 5-2 and won its sixth straight against Army. Army, which rushed for 197 yards, fell to 3-5.
  
The Black Knights scored on their first possession before Rutgers ran off 17 straight points and then scored the final 10 points of the contest.
  
Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage completed 10-of-20 passes for 164 yards but was sacked twice. The rest of the Scarlet Knights’ rushing attack combined for 15 carries and minus-seven rushing yards.
  
Kingsley Ehie paced the Army ground game with 56 yards on eight carries while Patrick Mealy picked up 49 yards on eight carries.
  
Army scored first, taking the opening kickoff and marching 55 yards Alex Carlton capped the drive with a 41-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead four minutes into the game.
  
Rutgers responded with an eight-play, 54-yard drive. Martinek rushed for four yards, then later rushed for four yards and seven yards and capped the possession with a four-yard scoring rush. San San Te kicked a 27-yard field goal to extend the Rutgers lead to 10-3, and Steve Beauharnais blocked a punt and then recovered it and took the loose ball into the end zone for a 17-3 Rutgers lead after one quarter.
  
Lonnie Liggins’ 17-yard rushing touchdown cut the lead to 17-10 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but Rutgers reeled off 10 straight points on a 41-yard field goal by Te and a six-yard run by Martinek.

GARDEN STATE OF MIND
Saturday is the first collegiate football game in the New Meadowlands Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. While it is Army’s first trip to the new facility, the Black Knights have plenty of history in East Rutherford.

Army played 16 games in Giants Stadium, going 3-13. The Black Knights matched up with Rutgers nine times in the old facility with the Scarlet Knights holding a 7-2 edge.

Army lost its last two games at Giants Stadium, both versus Navy. The Black Knights’ last win in the facility was versus Rutgers on Oct. 12, 1996.

The Black Knights played their first game in East Rutherford on Nov. 12, 1977, suffering a loss to Pittsburgh. Army’s last game at the Meadowlands was a loss to Navy on Dec. 7, 2002.

NO (TURNOVER) MARGIN FOR ERROR
Army has made one of its goals for the 2010 season to be the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in turnover margin. The Black Knights have achieved that goal through the first six weeks of the season. Army is tied for the national lead with Oklahoma with a +2.00 average turnover margin.

Army was +1 versus Temple. It marked the first loss under Rich Ellerson when on the plus side of the turnover battle. The Black Knights improved to 8-1 when winning the turnover margin under Ellerson, going +2 in the victory at Tulane.

Army is the only team in the nation that has not thrown an interception. Overall, Army is tied for second in the country in turnovers lost (4).

Army had its Academy-record three-game streak without a turnover stopped in the first quarter at Tulane. The Black Knights went 190:04 of game action between giveaways.

In Army’s last nine wins the Black Knights are averaging 3.3 takeaways and hold a +2.3 turnover margin average (30-9 overall). Conversely, in its last nine losses, Army is averaging just 1.1 takeaway per game and is on the wrong end of a -0.44 turnover margin average (10-14 overall).

Since the start of 2006, the Black Knights have posted a 12-3 record when winning the turnover battle. On the flip side, Army is 5-22 when on the wrong end of the turnover margin and 1-10 when the turnover margin is even.

Army is 1-8 in its last nine games without forcing an opponent turnover.

HAVEN'T WE MET BEFORE?
Saturday’s game versus Rutgers is the final outing in a four-game stretch against opponents that defeated the Black Knights in 2009. Army is 2-1 in the first two games, defeating Duke and Tulane, and losing to Temple.

Army plays a total of six teams that defeated the Black Knights last season. The other two are service-academy rivals Air Force and Navy.

MAN OF STEEL
Sophomore QB Trent Steelman took the opening snap at Eastern Michigan in 2009 and has not relinquished the job since. He is the only Army quarterback ever to start 12 games in one season, and his 18-game starting streak is the longest by an Army quarterback since Zac Dahman started 19 consecutive games in 2004 and 2005.

After just one-plus season under center, Steelman is already the winningest Army starting quarterback since the start of the 1997 season with nine victories to his credit. His next victory will make him just the eighth Army quarterback since 1963 to win double-digit games as the starter.

UP NEXT ...
Army has its first bye week of the season before returning home to host VMI on Saturday, Oct. 30.













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