WEST POINT – The Army West Point football team held nothing back in its 42-0 home opening victory against Middle Tennessee State.
It was the Black Knights’ first home opening shutout since blanking Colgate on Sept. 11, 1993, by a 30-0 score.
The defense stood strong in the contest intercepting two passes and forcing a pair of fumbles. Army scored three times thanks to defensive turnovers.
Captain Sandon McCoy led the Black Knights’ offense with three rushing touchdowns. Tyrell Robinson made his collegiate debut in today’s contest and led both sides with 94 rushing yards.
The Black Knights pressed the Blue Raiders early on, scoring off a turnover in the first quarter to go ahead 7-0.
Cedric Cunningham forced a Middle Tennessee State fumble two minutes into the game at the opponent’s 44-yard line. Jon Rhattigan recovered the ball to set up the first Army touchdown of the season.
McCoy punched the ball through on a one-yard run to cap a nine play, 43-yard 4:00 drive.
After putting up another defensive stop, the Black Knights took over for the next nine minutes.
McCoy notched his second touchdown of the day at the 14:06 mark of the second quarter thanks to a two-yard conversion.
The Cadets were poised for a field goal attempt at 7:56, but a roughing the kicker call by the Blue Raiders enabled another Army touchdown by McCoy.
Army led 21-0 at the half and all of its drives in the first 30 minutes of the game resulted in rushing touchdowns.
The Black Knights didn’t slow down in the second half and scored back-to-back touchdowns in a 4:15 span.
Christian Anderson scored his first of the year off a 24-yard rush to cap a seven play, 71-yard drive.
The Cadets’ defense caused another turnover which resulted in an Army touchdown at 6:33 in the third quarter.
Rhattigan intercepted a pass for a 43-yard pick six to help Army to a 35-0 advantage.
The Black Knights continued to control the pace of the game well into the fourth quarter thanks to a 99-yard march up the field in a 12:26 minute span.
Anthony Adkins charged up the Army sideline, shedding would be tacklers for a 22-yard touchdown carry to increase Army’s lead to 42-0.
The Black Knights continue their homestand at Michie Stadium on Sept. 12 with a 1:30 p.m. game against Louisiana Monroe.