Postgame Notes




TEAM
Army extended its series lead over VMI to 13-1 with Saturday's 22-17 victory at Michie Stadium. The Senior Day crowd of 32,109 marked the second largest crowd at West Point this season.

The Black Knights notched their fourth victory of the season Saturday, marking Army's highest victory total since 2005.

Saturday's win over VMI snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Black Knights during the months of November and December. Prior to Saturday, Army's most-recent victory in either November or December dated back to a 38-10 defeat of Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.

Army defeated VMI on Saturday, despite committing four turnovers (negative-2) and being outrushed by a 328-186 margin.

Prior to Saturday's win, Army had scored just one touchdown in each of its previous six contests.

Saturday's win over VMI marked the first time Army has won a game this season when losing the turnover battle (4-2).

The Black Knights honored 25 departing seniors prior to their 2009 home finale against VMI on Saturday.

With Saturday's win over VMI, Army closed the home portion of its season with a 3-3 record. It marked the second time in three years the Black Knights have posted a record of at least .500 at home.

OFFENSE
Freshman QB Trent Steelman made his 10th consecutive start for the Black Knights. It marks the highest total by a freshman quarterback in Army history.

Army's offense topped 20 points for the first time in seven games. Prior to Saturday, the Black Knights had not scored more than 20 points in a game since registering a 24-17 win over Ball State on Sept. 19. Army has recorded at least 20 points just twice this fall.

Army successfully converted 7 of 12 third downs on Saturday after converting just 6 of 37 third-down tries in its previous three outings.

Trent Steelman registered the finest passing day of his young collegiate career against VMI, hitting on 11 of 14 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown. Steelman established career highs in pass completions, passing yards and completion percentage (.786).

Trent Steelman's 174-yard passing total marked the most aerial yards by an Army player since Carson Williams threw for 328 yards versus Tulsa on Nov. 7, 2007. It also marked Army's highest team passing total since that contest (328).

Senior WR Alejandro Villanueva established career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (119) on Saturday. All seven of his catches went for first downs (four on third-down conversion attempts), including one that also went for a touchdown.

With 119 receiving yards on Saturday, Alejandro Villanueva became the first Army player to register 100 yards receiving since Jeremy Trimble accomplished the feat against Tulsa on Nov. 7, 2007.

Alejandro Villanueva pulled down his fifth touchdown reception of the season against VMI. Villanueva has accounted for all five of Army's touchdown receptions this season.

Junior SB Patrick Mealy registered a career-high 136 yards rushing on 16 carries against VMI on Saturday. It marked the second 100-yard rushing performance of Mealy's career. He also topped the century mark (109 yards) on the ground during the Black Knights' season-opening defeat of Eastern Michigan.

DEFENSE
Army's defense recorded a pair of takeaways against VMI on Saturday. It marked the first time the Black Knights benefitted from more than one enemy turnover since an October defeat of Vanderbilt.

The Black Knights allowed VMI 328 yards rushing on Saturday, the highest rushing total by an Army opponent since Navy finished with 368 ground yards opposite the Black Knights last December.

Freshman MLB Kyler Martin made his first career start in place of injured senior Stephen Anderson versus VMI.

Junior FS Donovan Travis registered a career-high 12 tackles to lead all defenders against VMI on Saturday. It marked the second double figure tackle performance of Travis' Army career.

Kyler Martin finished with seven tackles in his collegiate starting debut.

Senior DT Victor Ugenyi registered a forced fumble in his final home contest.

Junior DT Mike Gann notched a fumble recovery for the Black Knights.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Sophomore K Alex Carlton was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goal attempts against VMI on Saturday. It marked the third time this season that Carlton has connected on three field goals in a game this season. He connected on field goals measuring 28, 41 and 37 yards on Saturday.

Alex Carlton is now 16-for-20 in field goal attempts this season, including 5-for-6 from 40 yards and beyond. He is 11-for-13 from 30 yards and beyond this season.

Alex Carlton owns sole possession of second place on Army's single season field goals list (16), two 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 ninth on the Black Knights' career field goals made chart with 16.

Alex Carlton has hit on 80.0 percent of his field goal attempts this season. That figure ranks tied for second on Army's career field goal percentage list (10 attempts minimum) and tied for sixth on the Black Knights' single-season chart.

Army punted just once on Saturday against VMI. Jonathan Bulls' lone kick of the day landed at the VMI 15-yard line, Bulls' 20th punt inside the opponents' 20-yard line this season.

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