Postgame Notes - Army vs. Navy (Dec. 12, 2009)




 TEAM
Arch rivals Army and Navy met for the 110th time on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It marked the teams' 82nd matchup in the city of Philadelphia. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates participated in the coin toss.

Navy ran its series winning streak to a record eight games with Saturday's victory over army. The Mids have now claimed 11 of the last 13 meetings between the schools. Army's last victory over Navy dates back to the 2001 season.

With the loss, Army closed at 5-7, finishing one win shy of earning a berth in the EagleBank Bowl. Army would have earned a bid to play Temple in the postseason contest. The Black Knights' last bowl appearance dates back to 1996.

Army's five wins marked its highest victory total since 1996. The Black Knights posted three wins each of the last three years.

Army enjoyed its first halftime lead (3-0) against Navy since 2001. It marked the first time the Black Knights shut out Navy in the first half since 1993.

OFFENSE
Army managed just 78 total yards in the first half, but led 3-0 at the intermission.

Army held the ball for just 1:15 in the third quarter thanks to two long Navy scoring drives. The Black Knights ran just four offensive plays in the stanza and saw Navy grab a 10-3 lead after trailing 3-0 at halftime.

The Black Knights finished with just 187 total yards and 110 rushing yards, both season lows. It marked the first time Army was held below 200 total yards this season and the first time the Black Knights were held below 181 ground yards.

Army has now gone three straight games against Navy without scoring a touchdown. The Black Knights' last touchdown versus the Mids dates back to the teams' 2006 contest.

DEFENSE
After registering five takeaways in their most-recent outing against North Texas, Army's defense recorded two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FR) against Navy.

Army limited Navy's high-powered offense to just 110 total yards in the first half and held the Mids scoreless over the first two periods. Navy executed a 68-yard scoring drive on the opening possession of the second half to forge ahead 7-3.

The Black Knights limited Navy to 186 yards rushing, 93 below the Mids' season average. The Mids entered the contest ranked third nationally in rushing (351.9). Army also held Navy to 247 total yards, 104 below its season average.

Junior rover LB Steven Erzinger registered his first interception in the first quarter, leading to an Army field goal. Erzinger returned his pickoff 26 yards to the Navy 12. Erzinger finished with a career-high 11 tackles, his first double figure tackle effort.

Sophomore whip LB Andrew Rodriguez forced a Navy fumble early in the second quarter. The fumble was recovered by freshman DT Chris Swain. It was Rodriguez's second forced fumble of the season and Swain's first fumble recovery.

Andrew Rodriguez led Army with a career-high 15 tackles. It marked his third double figure tackle effort of the season. With his 15 stops Rodriguez finished as the Black Knights' leading tackler this season (85), two ahead of Stephen Anderson (83).

SPECIAL TEAMS
Sophomore K Alex Carlton hit 1 of 3 field goal attempts (missed 47,missed 32, made 23) versus Navy. He closed the year 18-for-24 in field goal attempts this season, including 5-for-7 from 40 yards and beyond. He finished the year 12-for-16 from 30 yards and beyond this season.

With his 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alex Carlton tied the Black Knights' single season field goals made 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 ninth on the Black Knights' career field goals made chart (18).

Alex Carlton has hit on 75 percent of his field goal attempts this season. That figure ranks tied for 11th on Army's career field goal percentage list (10 attempts minimum) and sixth on the Black Knights' single-season chart.

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