Army Black Knights
Michie Stadium (38,000/FieldTurf)
West Point, N.Y.
Saturday, November 17 • Noon • CBS Sports Network
CBS College Sports — Ben Holden and Randy Cross
WPHT-AM 1210 (flagship)
Saturday’s game is the 10th meeting between Temple and Army … The teams have met each year since 2007 after playing four times between 1943 and 1994 … Temple has a 5-4 series lead after last year’s 42-14 win in Philadelphia … Army’s last win in the series was a 37-21 decision in 2007 at Michie Stadium … Temple has won four straight in the series, including its last two trips to West Point.
TEMPLE (3-6, 2-4 BIG EAST)
Steve Addazio (Central Connecticut ’81)
12-9, second season
Temple fell to 2-4 in BIG EAST play after a 31-10 loss to Cincinnati … The Owls won their first two BIG EAST games for the first time in league history, defeating USF and Connecticut, but have dropped four straight since … RB Montel Harris ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing (74.6 yards per game) … Harris has rushed for 597 yards and five touchdowns, but left last week’s game against Cincinnati with an apparent knee injury … RB Matt Brown leads the BIG EAST in all-purpose yardage (149.0 ypg) … QB Chris Coyer ranks eighth among BIG EAST players in total offense (154.4 yards per game ) … Coyer has completed 84 of 164 passes for 946 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions and is the Owls’ second-leading rusher with 444 yards and two touchdowns on the ground… WR Jalen Fitzpatrick is the leading receiver with 24 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns … TE Cody Booth has a team-high four touchdown receptions … LB Tyler Matekevich, a true freshman, has started each of the last six games and had five straight games with double-figure tackles before finishing with eight stops against Cincinnati …Matekevich is fourth in the BIG EAST in tackles (74, 8.2 per game) … K/P Brandon McManus leads the BIG EAST in punting with an average of 45.0 yards per punt … McManus is also one of the top kickers in the conference and is fifth in the league in scoring (6.3 points per game).
Rich Ellerson (Hawaii ’77)
17-30, fourth season at Army
77-71, 13th season as collegiate head coach
Army plays the second of back-to-back games against BIG EAST opponents after the Black Knights dropped a 28-7 decision at Rutgers last week … Army played Rutgers to a 7-7 tie through three quarters before allowing 21 points in the fourth period … Two weeks ago, the Black Knights snapped a 13-game losing streak, dating to 2005, in the annual Commander In Chief’s Trophy series against Air Force and Navy with a 41-21 win against Air Force … Army’s triple-option offense leads the nation in rushing … The Black Knights average 366.1 rushing yards per game … Conversely, Army is 119th nationally in passing, averaging just 66.1 yards per game … QB Trent Steelman is ranked 32nd among individual players in rushing at 101.3 yards per game … Steelman tied a program record for consecutive 100-yard performances after his fourth straight triple-figure effort against Rutgers last week … Steelman has rushed for 1,013 yards and 13 touchdowns.