Army blasts VMI, 62-7

WEST POINT– Army defeated VMI 62-7 in front of 31,069 spectators on Homecoming in West Point Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights racked up 426 yards en route to their third win of the season, evening up their record at 3-3 while VMI falls to 1-5 on the year.

Sean Mizzer collected his 17th career 100-yard rushing outing and fourth of the season, as he ran up 114 yards on 13 carries. Sixty-eight of those yards came on one rush, as his career-long rush stood as the Keydets' lone score of the contest. On the day, VMI ran for 170 yards on 37 carries.

A Mizzer fumble on the Keydets' second play from scrimmage set up Army for their first score of the afternoon, as Wesley McMahand scampered for a 25-yard touchdown run on the ensuing play to make the score 7-0 just 61 seconds into the contest.

After a three-and-out on the next drive for the Keydets, the Black Knights again found themselves with excellent field position, beginning their second scoring drive from the VMI 36 yard-line. The nine-play drive was capped by a two-yard touchdown rush from Tony Moore, making the advantage 14-0 in favor of the hosts.

Army's Jeremy Trimble hauled in a 15-yard touchdown catch with 2:36 remaining in the opening quarter to make the score 21-0, which is how the score would remain into the second quarter.

A fumble by Army's Jamal Robinson gave the Keydets momentum just three plays into the second period, as VMI took over at their own 25 yard-line. However, one play later, Mizzer fumbled after a four-yard gain, and the Black Knights were back in business deep in VMI territory. After driving down to the 10 yard-line, Terrel Allen tackled McMahand for a five-yard loss, causing Army to attempt a 22-yard field goal, successfully converted by Austin Miller to make the score 24-0.

Following a three-yard rushing touchdown by Mike Viti gave the Black Knights a 31-0 advantage, Mizzer broke loose for a career-long 68-yard rushing touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive. His 24th career touchdown cut the score to 31-7 with just under four minutes remaining in the second quarterback.

After forcing Army's first punt of the day, the Keydets took over on their own 16 yard-line with just 1:17 left on the halftime clock. A pair of completions by quarterback Kyle Hughes gave VMI a first down at their 28, but following a four-yard scamper by Hughes, Joey Robinson committed the team's third turnover of the afternoon, fumbling after catching a ten-yard pass. Army's Kevin Opoku returned the fumble to the six yard-line with just three seconds remaining, and Miller converted the 24-yard field goal attempt to make the halftime margin 34-7.

McMahand added his second touchdown of the day in the Black Knights' opening possession of the second half, a six-yard rush to cap an eight-play, 68-yard drive.

Army's next score would not take nearly as long to come about, as Trimble collected his second punt return for a touchdown of the season on a 76-yard run to bring the score to 48-7. Trimble became just the third Army player to return two punts for touchdowns in one season for the Black Knights. Collin Mooney then collected his first career touchdown to bring the third-quarter scoring to a close at 55-7.

Carlo Sandiego scored his first career touchdown from 20 yards out with 11 minutes remaining in the contest, capping the scoring at 62-7. Army's point total also marked their highest offensive output in 48 years.

Army travels to Connecticut next. VMI return to action next Saturday afternoon, as the Keydets host Coastal Carolina.


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