ARMY: The Black Knights improved to 2-1 with Saturday's 24-0 win over North
Texas. It marked the program's first shutout since blanking Akron 20-0 in
2005, and Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since 1993. The Army defense
limited North Texas to just 11 first downs and 201 yards of total offense.
Jordan Trimble was the headliner, posting nine tackles, an interception at the
goal line and a pair of pass breakups. Meanwhile, the Black Knights churned
out 292 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) as a team. Trent Steelman, Patrick Mealy and
Malcolm Brown all found the end zone for Army. Brian Cobbs finished with a
team-high 75 yards on seven carries, while Steelman carried 11 times for 68
yards. Army held a nine-minute edge in time of possession. Army travels to
Duke this weekend.
NAVY: The Midshipmen finally got their offense going in Saturday's 37-23 win
at Louisiana Tech. In the previous two games, Navy had managed just 14 and 13
points, respectively. This time around, quarterback Ricky Dobbs did most of
his damage through the air rather but was still plenty effective in the option
game. Dobbs threw for a career-high 219 yards and a touchdown, with most of it
coming in the first half. However, Navy trailed 23-16 at intermission and went
to the trusty triple-option attack in the second half to take control. In the
second half alone, Navy rushed for 239 yards. The bulk of that yardage came on
three lengthy scoring drives that took the wind out of Louisiana Tech's sails.
Dobbs added 67 yards and a score on the ground for Navy. The Mids are off this
coming weekend, then travel to Air Force on October 2nd.
NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish suffered a second straight narrow defeat, as
they were upended at Michigan State in overtime, 34-31. The Spartans won it
when Aaron Bates completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt on a fake
field goal in OT. A year ago, Notre Dame had beaten Michigan State at home,
33-30. Dayne Crist had a solid day under center for the Irish, throwing for
369 yards and four TDs. Theo Riddick was his favorite target, hauling in 10
passes for 128 yards and a score. Kyle Rudolph (eight rec, 80 yds, one TD) and
Michael Floyd (six rec, 81 yds, two TDs) were also heavily involved.
Defensively, the Irish had trouble with the Spartans' rushing tandem of
Le'Veon Bell (114 yds, one TD) and Edwin Baker (90 yds, one TD), while three
different players caught touchdowns for MSU. Notre Dame is back in action this
Saturday at home against No. 16 Stanford.