Army Defense Stifles Mansfield in 52-6 Rout

Noah Currie

Noah Currie

Sept. 29, 2012

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MANSFIELD, Pa. – Army sprint football reeled off 52 unanswered points to earn a convincing victory at Mansfield on Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers returned an Army fumble 79 yards early in the first quarter for their only points of the game, as the Black Knights earned their third consecutive road victory, 52-6.

Army (3-0, 2-0 CSFL) held the MU (1-1, 1-1 CSFL) offense to a paltry 66 total yards of offense, the least by an opponent since the Black Knights held Princeton to 10 yards on Oct. 15, 2010. Senior Noah Currie tallied a team-best seven tackles, including five for a loss, while forcing his team-best third fumble of the season. Currie also broke free as Army’s sack leader in 2012, with 3.5 quarterback takedowns on Saturday.

The Black Knight secondary added three interceptions to their credentials, the most by an Army unit since matching that total in 2011 against Post.

With 52 points, the Black Knight offense proved to be an aggressive force once again. Army totaled a season-best 628 yards of offense, the most since Oct. 28, 2011, when Army gained 634 against Penn. Through three games this season, Army is averaging over 52 points and 529 yards.

Senior running back Marquis Morris totaled his highest rushing total since 2009 with his 94-yard, one-touchdown performance. Morris tacked on another 36 yards in receiving to list third on the squad in total yards. Backup RB Gabriel Cobb tacked on a career-best 57 yards rushing.

Senior wide receiver Cody Nyp made eight catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Tom Jeffers recorded a game-high 13 catches for 141 yards and one TD.

Senior quarterback Javier Sustaita was credited with four of Army’s five passing touchdowns, while also amassing a season-high 390 yards in the air. Sustaita has thrown 12 TDs and averaged over 325 passing yards per contest through the first three games in 2012.

Senior kicker Kevin Scruggs added another perfect performance in extra-point attempts, going 7-for-7 to improve to 20-for-20 on the season.

Army improved to 4-0 all-time against Mansfield, averaging nearly 52 points in each contest while holding the Mountaineers to under six points per game.

The Black Knights will play their first true home game of the season next when they host Cornell on Oct. 5 at Shea Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., at West Point.

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