Postgame Notes - Army vs. Rutgers (Oct. 23, 2009)




TEAM

Rutgers leveled its all-time series with Army at 18-18 on Friday with a 27-10 defeat of the Black Knights at a soggy Michie Stadium. The game was played in a steady drizzle.

Army lost three fumbles (including two in Rutgers territory) and had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown to aid the Scarlet Knights' cause.

The Black Knights have now dropped four of their last five contests in seeing their overall record fall two games below .500 for the first time this year.

Rutgers extended its series winning streak to six games with Friday's victory.

Friday's contest marked only the ninth night game (6 p.m. kickoff or later) in Michie Stadium history and the first since a 35-7 loss to Temple in last year's season opener. Army is now 4-5 all-time in night games on its home field. The Black Knights remain winless in Friday night contests at Michie, losing to Iowa State (2005), Air Force (2006), Temple (2008) and Rutgers (2009).

When Army scored a field goal on the game's opening possession it marked the seventh time in eight games that the Black Knights have scored first in a game this season.

OFFENSE

Freshman QB Trent Steelman made his eighth consecutive start for the Black Knights. It marks the highest total by a freshman quarterback in Army history.

Trent Steelman ripped off a season-long 33-yard run in the second quarter.

Army lost three fumbles on the night with two of those turnovers coming in Rutgers territory. Army is 0-3 this season and has lost 22 of its last 26 games when losing the turnover battle.

Freshman SB Lonnie Liggins ripped off a 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on his eighth career carry. Liggins entered the game with a total of 18 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts.

Army's offense was held below 20 points for the fifth straight game. The Black Knights have scored more than 20 points in a game just once this season - in a 24-17 win over Ball State on Sept. 19.

Freshman RB Malcolm Brown registered his first career reception against Rutgers. His diving 21-yard grab of a Trent Steelman pass on Army's first possession helped stake the Black Knights to an early 3-0 lead.

Four different freshmen - QB Trent Steelman, SB Malcolm Brown, SB Lonnie Liggins, FB Brad Gallik - saw action in the offensive backfield versus Rutgers.

DEFENSE

Junior DE Josh McNary added to his school record quarterback sack totals on single season and career levels when he was credited with a sack of Rutgers QB Tom Savage on a play in which McNary stripped Savage of the ball in the pocket. McNary increased his season total to 10.5 and his career figure to 16.0 on the play.

Senior DE Brad Marren and junior DT Mike Gann combined on Army's only other quarterback sack versus Rutgers.

Army's defense allowed an opponent to rush for at least 100 yards for just the second time this season against Rutgers. Joe Martinek rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries on Friday, the highest rushing total versus the Black Knights this season. Iowa State's Alexander Robinson is the only other player to register at least 100 rushing yards opposite Army this season (22-129).

Junior LB Stephen Anderson notched a team-high 10 tackles against Rutgers to raise his team leading season total to 57 stops. It marked the second game in which Anderson has registered double figures in tackles this season.

Army's defense yielded 21 points or less for the sixth time in eight games against Rutgers. The Black Knights' stop unit has permitted more than 21 points to only Iowa State and Temple this fall. Rutgers scored a special teams touchdown against Army on Friday, while Duke recorded a pair of defensive scores opposite the Black Knights last month.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Sophomore K Alex Carlton drilled a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter, his 13th field goal of the season. Carlton is now 13-for-17 on field goal tries this season overall and 5-for-6 from beyond 40 yards.

Alex Carlton stands tied for fifth on Army's single-season list, five behind the Black Knights' single-season record of 18 set by J. Parker in 1996. It marks only the fifth time that an Army player has reached double figures in field goals during a single season since 1991. Carlton already ranks tied for 11th on the Black Knights' career field goals made chart.

Alex Carlton has hit on 76.5 percent of his field goal attempts this season. That figure ranks sixth on Army's career field goal percentage list (10 attempts minimum) and tied for 10th on the Black Knights' single-season chart.

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