— Whether Army was kicking off or punting, its goal was to keep the ball away from Janarion Grant. To do so meant making squib kicks on kickoffs and doing its best on punts to avoid Grant. The Black Knights were able to do so. It helped that they punted only once, a 50-yarder from Alex Tardieu that Grant still managed to return 21 yards. On four kickoffs, Grant only touched the ball once, making a 6-yard return at the end of the third quarter.
“We tried our best not to let him hurt us,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. Grant entered the game leading the nation in kick-off return yardage and was seventh in punt-return average.
Of course, Grant has other ways to inflict pain. He caught three passes for 31 yards and rushed twice for 40 yards. Afterwards, Grant was more pleased with his team having broken its four-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights’ last victory was 55-52 over Indiana Oct. 17. “It feels great,” he said. “It’s been awhile since we got a win and that’s what we’ve been wanting to do all along. We’re proud. I’m very proud of my team, proud of what we did to come out here and get the win. It’s a great feeling.”
— Since 2001, Rutgers has played against the triple-option offense 15 times, all against Army and Navy. Rutgers has gone 13-2. Its two losses were to Navy, in 2004 and 2008. This was Army’s 40th game against Rutgers. The first came in 1891, a 27-6 Rutgers victory. The teams’ last met in 2012; the Scarlet Knights have won 10 straight, dating to 1998.
— Freshman Chris Carter, making his first appearance, threw for 140 yards and ran for 111 more. It was the first time an Army quarterback passed the 100‐yard mark in both categories since Ahmad Bradshaw did so against Fordham in this season’s opener. Carter’s 140 passing yards were the most for an Army quarterback since Trent Steelman threw for 149 yards at Kent State Nov. 13, 2010. Edgar Poe led Army with 95 yards receiving and made his fifth touchdown catch of the year. The 65‐yard score was his seventh‐career touchdown reception. He is the first Army wideout to have five touchdown catches in a season since Alejandro Villanueva in 2009.
— Army tight end Kelvin White is one of 23 seniors who played their last game at Michie Stadium. “It still hasn’t hit me that I will never play at Michie again, but I wanted to empty the tank today,” he said. “There’s not many emotions that I have left. I have probably had every emotion that you could think of today. Joy and excitement, especially when you have a freshman quarterback who starts his first game and plays so well.
“We had a great week of practice and I got my first choice at Branch Night; Infantry. You can’t mock us for our effort. I am very fortunate to play alongside these guys, they are all brothers. I had all the emotions I could have, and unfortunately we did come up short. Rutgers is over, but we have three weeks to prepare for the team down in Annapolis and that is all us seniors have last. When you ask how big this game is coming up, this is everything we have. It is everything that I have and I have to empty the tank.”
— Army surpassed its total yardage average; it’s 401 yards surpassed its season average of 331. Ten different players ran the ball for the Black Knights, totaling 261 yards. Carter led with 111 yards; kicker Dan Grochowski was last. He lost five yards running on a fake field goal.