Nov. 15, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army football team returns to the friendly confines of Michie Stadium for the final time this season on Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Black Knights host Big East foe Temple at 12 p.m.
It will be Military Appreciation Day at West Point, and all active and former military members can purchase discounted tickets for $15. The West Point Band will conduct a special performance at halftime, when a large American flag will be unfurled.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday's contest to a national audience with Ben Holden (play by play), Randy Cross (color analyst) and West Point Cadet Dan Sprouse (sideline reporter) calling the action.
The Army Sports Network will have the audio call of the game on its flagship station WABC (770-AM), as well as WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM), SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Sirius channel 134/XM channel 192) and Knight Vision. Rich DeMarco (play by play), Dean Darling (color analyst) and Tony Morino (sideline reporter) will cover the game on the Army Sports Network.
Live statistics for the contest will be offered via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will be provided from the Black Knights' official football handle (@Army_Football). A live blog will also be offered.
Army (2-8) dropped a 28-7 decision at No. 24/20 Rutgers last Saturday. The Black Knights controlled the game throughout the first three quarters, but two blocked field goals and a pair of red zone turnovers prevented them from putting more points on the scoreboard. The Scarlet Knights then took control of the contest in the final stanza, scoring three touchdowns over the final nine minutes to secure their ninth straight win over Army.
Temple (3-6) carries a four-game losing streak into Saturday's tilt. The Owls, who suffered a 34-10 home setback versus Cincinnati last Saturday, have lost by an average of 26.8 points per game during their four-game skid.
Army head coach Rich Ellerson, who is in his fourth season at West Point, owns a 0-3 all-time record versus Temple.
Temple is coached by Steve Addazio, who is in second season guiding the Owls. A 1981 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Addazio owns a 1-0 mark versus Army and shows a career record of 12-10.
Army and Temple will be meeting for just the 10th time when the two programs square off on Saturday. The Owls posted a 42-14 triumph last season to pull in front of the Black Knights in the all-time series, 5-4. Army's most recent victory over Temple dates back to a 37-21 triumph during the 2007 campaign.
Despite being held below 300 yards rushing for just the second time this season, Army's prolific ground attack continues to lead the nation in rushing yards per game (366.1). The Black Knights rushing offense is paced by senior quarterback Trent Steelman, who leads Army and ranks 32nd nationally with 101.3 yards per game. Steelman, who has scored a team-best 13 touchdowns this season, also lists tied for 47th in the country in scoring (8.20 points per game).
Junior running back Raymond Maples ranks second on the team and 37th nationally with 96.5 rushing yards per contest. Sophomore fullback Larry Dixon, meanwhile, is averaging 74.7 rushing yards per game and has scored six TDs.
Steelman is also completing 46.2 percent of his passes for 549 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence paces the Black Knights' receiving corps with 17 receptions for 266 yards. Junior wide out Patrick Laird ranks second on the team with 10 receptions and 115 receiving yards.
Army's defense limited Rutgers to just 252 yards of total offense last Saturday. The Black Knights enter this weekend's matchup giving up 34.4 points and 426.6 yards of total offense per contest.
Sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon leads Army's defense with 112 tackles. He enters this week's action ranked tied for fifth nationally in tackles per game (11.20). Freshman safety Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires lists second on the squad with 78 tackles. Senior linebacker Nate Combs leads the team with 6.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He lists 18th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.44) and tied for 25th nationally in sacks per game (0.75).
Temple's offense is averaging 293 yards of total offense and 21 points per game. The Owls' attack is directed by junior quarterback Chris Coyer, who is completing 51.2 percent of his passes for 946 yards and eight touchdowns. Coyer also lists second on the team with 444 yards rushing and two rushing TDs.
Sophomore wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick has been on the receiving end of 24 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Junior tight end Cody Booth has hauled in 17 aerials for 137 yards and four scores.
Senior running back Montel Harris paces the Temple rushing offense with a team-best 597 ground yards and five touchdowns.
Temple's defense is yielding 426 yards of total offense and 30.3 points per game this season. The Owls' stop unit is led by freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who paces the team with 74 tackles. Senior defensive lineman John Youboty leads the squad with 6.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.
Following Saturday's game versus Temple, Army will have two weeks off before traveling to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to face Navy on Dec. 8. The contest, which will be broadcast nationwide by CBS, is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m.