Cadets fall just short in Jersey

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 16, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (BASN) — Army football is back after disappearing for many years. Yes, the Cadets could even give Navy trouble this year in Philadelphia in December.

On Saturday, the Black Knights fell in overtime 23-20 to Rutgers in a tightly fought contest at the new Meadowlands. Yes, the same Rutgers team that had defeated them six straight times and with whom many were saying that they would not be competitive.

The game was marred by a serious injury to Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand late in the game.

Army fell to 4-3 and second year head coach Rich Ellerson is now 10-10 in his second season at West Point. He is the fastest Army coach to reach 10 wins since 1967.

The Black Knights held a 17-3 lead over the faster and more athletic Scarlet Knights, but could not hold on as freshman quarterback Chas Dodd engineered another fourth quarter comeback for Rutgers.

Army opened the overtime with a field goal, but Rutgers came back and score a touchdown on a Joe Martinek run. The Black Knights challenged the touchdown call but the ruling on the field stood.

The Army defense sacked Dodd a season high eight times. Senior DE Josh McNary from Houston recorded five tackles and 2.5 sacks.He was a defensive standout the week before in a 41-23 upset win at Tulane.

Sophomore slotback Brian Cobbs,converted from defense this year had two catches for 47 yards. Another sophomore — quarterback Trent Steelman — continues to be the star of the team.

He had a 22-yard run and converted a 30-yard pass and ran the complicated Army offense to perfection. He’s rushed for over 1,000 yards in his career and is probably the Black Knights’ top signal caller since Johnny Goff in 1996.

The Cadets will also have some interesting games to round out the season.

They’ll play Air Force at home (November 6th) and Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium (November 20th) before playing Navy on December 11. It could be the first time in years that Army will face Navy with both teams having winning records.