Army football: The worst of 2012

Army football 2012 was full of disappointing moments. Look inside to see a list of the five worst moments during the 2012 Black Knights football season.

Not again against Navy
Just fourteen yards away. That's how close Army was to ending Navy's decade of dominance over them. In what was a microcosm of Army's struggles this year, quarterback Trent Steelman and fullback Larry Dixon botched a hand off on the mesh and Navy's Barry Dabney recovered. Navy prevailed for the eleventh consecutive year defeating the Army Black Knights in the 113th meeting in football's greatest rivalry. Navy's plebe quarterback Keenan Reynolds made plays with his legs and his arm on the final drive as he ran for an eight-yard touchdown to give the Midshipmen a 17-13 victory over Army. Steelman responded with a 70-yard drive that ended with the fumble at the Navy 14-yard line. All Army fans felt for Trent Steelman, after losing for a record fourth time to Navy, as he became emotional during the singing of the Alma Maters. The Mids' 11-game winning streak is the longest in series history by either team. Navy now holds a 57-49-7 series lead.

Getting trampled by Temple
The Temple Owls ran over the Army Black Knights for the third straight year amassing 534 rushing yards and nine scores in a 63-32 rout. Temple running back Montel Harris ran for a Big East record 351 yards and seven touchdowns against the Black Knights over-matched defense. Army's offense was unable to keep pace with the Temple's attack. The fact is the Army's defense struggled this season allowing over forty points in half their games and too many long runs to mention. However, the Temple game wasn't just Army's undersized defense struggling. It was an embarrassment. Temple's big, physical offensive line, which wasn't as talented as previous years, just lined up with no splits and pushed Army's defensive line back as if they were a pee-wee football team. If this was a fight the referees would have stopped it.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights make the Black Knights see Red
Army Black Knights played one of their best defensive games of the season against the No. 23 ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Army opened the game with a 76-yard touchdown march to take a 7-0 lead. Army moved the ball on their three subsequent possessions in the first half. Plebe field goal kicker Dan Grochowski experienced a meltdown in this game and lost his job. First Grochowski's 43-yard field goal was blocked by Rutgers Marcus Cooper. The next series Army drove 58 yards inside the twenty only to see Trent Steelman fumble the ball after a big hit. On their final series Steelman hit Chevaughn Lawrence for an apparent touchdown reception but it was ruled incomplete. Grochowski then had his 30-yard field goal attempt blocked by Rutgers Jamal Merrell just before the end of the first half. The game was still tied 7-7 midway through the fourth quarter. The Black Knights helped beat themselves with three more lost fumbles in the second half and had a fumble returned for a touchdown to lose 28-7. Army made four trips inside the red zone and somehow came away with no points.

Losing to FCS Stony Brook
Army opened the season with three straight losses. Despite the slow start they averaged 38.5 points against eventual Sugar Bowl bound Northern Illinois and ACC Wake Forest in the two previous games. The Black Knights returned home to face a good FCS team in Stony Brook and Army fans expected a big effort. What they received was a dull, listless performance were Army was held to a season low three points. The Army Black Knights lost to Stony Brook 23-3. Miguel Maysonet rushed for a career-high 220 yards and scored twice to lead the Seawolves to the victory. Army's offense lost four fumbles including three inside the twenty yard line. The loss dropped the Black Knights record dropped to (0-4) for the first time since 2008. With their season on the brink too many Army players mailed it in. Stony Brook was a good FCS team but if you had told me before the game that Army would allow 23 points and average over six yards a carry and lose I wouldn't have believed it. This loss ended any practical hopes of a winning season. Top Stories