Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
ARMY - The Black Knights earned their first victory of the season with a 34-31
triumph over Boston College on Saturday. Trent Steelman scored the game-winner
on a 29-yard run with 45 seconds remaining. It was the third touchdown of the
day for Steelman, who carried 22 times for 141 yards. Teammate Raymond Maples
racked up a career-high 184 yards on 34 carries and Larry Dixon finished with
128 rushing yards and a TD, helping Army snap a five-game slide to BC. The
defense had some trouble with Eagles' running back Andre Williams, who racked
up 191 yards and two TDs on the ground. Still, the end result was all that
mattered for the Black Knights, whose option game was in top form. They
churned out 27 first downs, 516 yards (6.5 ypc) and four TDs on the ground and
currently lead the nation in rushing offense. Army, now 1-4, will host Kent
State to complete a three-game homestand.
BYU - The Cougars improved to 4-2 following Friday night's 6-3 win over Utah
State. In their last three games, the Cougars have scored 6, 47, and 6 points.
Fortunately, they have allowed only 7, 0, and 3 points in those same games. At
the moment, BYU ranks third nationally in scoring defense (8.9 ppg) and is
fifth in total defense (229.3 ypg). J.D. Falslev's touchdown catch late in the
second quarter was the only touchdown of the game on Friday night, and it
proved to be the game-winner. Taysom Hill passed for 235 yards and a score
along with an interception on 24- of-36 passing for the Cougars (4-2), who
have won their past two games. Hill also had 19 carries for 80 yards, Jamaal
Williams added 71 yards on 17 carries and Cody Hoffman caught eight passes for
114 yards. A blocked field goal and a missed fourth-down conversion deep in
Aggies' territory kept BYU from putting more points on the board. The offense
will need to pick it up this Saturday when Oregon State comes to town.
NAVY - The Midshipmen claimed a 28-21 win at Air Force in overtime to move to
2-3 on the season. Navy scored the game-winner on right guard's Jake Zuzek's
fumble recovery in the end zone. Coming off their first shutout loss in six
years, the Midshipmen (2-3) were able to snap a two-game slide to Air Force.
It marked the second straight year these two teams went to overtime, as Air
Force beat Navy in a wild 35-34 final last season in Annapolis. Trey Miller
ran for 110 yards in the victory, although it was Zuzek playing the role of
hero when he jumped on a fumbled center exchange in the end zone. The defense
did have some trouble with Falcons running back Cody Getz, the nation's
leading rusher, who rumbled for 204 yards and a touchdown. Fortunately for the
Midshipmen, they got some help from Air Force kicker Parker Herrington, who
missed a 27-yard field goal earlier in the game and had a chance to win it at
the end of regulation. However, Herrington's 51-yard attempt hooked left, his
fifth missed field goal in six tries this season. The Mids will try to stay in
the win column when they visit Central Michigan on Friday.
NOTRE DAME - Coming off a bye week, the Fighting Irish (5-0) picked up right
where they left off by dismantling Miami, 41-3. With the win, Notre Dame is
now ranked seventh in the nation and positioned well in the BCS picture. The
Fighting Irish have won the first five games of the season for the first time
since beginning the 2002 campaign 8-0. They have not allowed a touchdown over
the last 12 quarters of action and have not trailed at any point this season.
Cierre Wood ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while George
Atkinson III finished with 123 yards and a TD on just 10 carries for the
Irish. Cam McDaniel and Theo Riddick each added a rushing touchdown, as the
Irish racked up 376 yards on the ground. Everett Golson was benched to start
the game due to a violation of team rules, but entered in the first quarter
following a gift penalty from the Hurricanes. He threw for 186 yards on 17-
of-22 passing and ran for 51 yards on six carries as Notre Dame remained
unbeaten at Soldier Field in program history with a 10-0-2 record. Up next,
Notre Dame will host No. 17 Stanford on Saturday afternoon.
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