Rutgers runs past Army, 41-6

Ray Rice ran, boy did he ever run, and Army's troubled offense couldn't run anything at all. The result? Rutgers embarrassed the Black Knights 41-6 tonight at soggy Michie Stadium on a game nationally televised on ESPN2.

"That was a very disappointing loss. We got our butts kicked on offense, defense and special teams," Army coach Stan Brock said. "We didn't play well and I'm embarrassed for the Corps and the way we represented the U.S. Military Academy. Rutgers is a good football team, but none the less, we played horribly anywhere we could play."

Is this rock-bottom point of the season? Because it sure feels like it. Army's offense didn't score a point and put up just 152 total yards. Meanwhile, Rice rushed for a school-record 243 yards and two touchdowns. The Black Knights managed just 97 rushing yards as a team. They haven't scored a rushing touchdown in 30 quarters.

That's insane!

"(Rice) is very good," Brock said. "They have a good offensive line and came off the ball and swallowed our defense up and spit them out. They came off the ball and did whatever they want." Some other sad Army stats have to be mentioned: The Black Knights converted just six first downs. Army didn't get its fourth first down until Ian Smith carried the ball for 12 yards with just under five minutes left in regulation. Quarterback Carson Williams converted just 5-of-16 passes for 44 yards.

"We just didn't execute on offense," Williams said. "Any time you don't execute, it's not going to be a good night. We had a slow start. From the very first play we didn't execute." Army falls to 3-7 this season and has lost four in a row. The Black Knights have scored just 49 points during the stretch. Army hopes to avoid a replay of last year when it lost its last six games of the year.

Next up: Tulsa. Army hosts the Golden Hurricane, who enter Saturday's game against Houston 6-3, next weekend. It's a game that seemed winnable at the start of the year.

It won't happen if it's Rutgers all over again. The only saving grace is that this season could end on a positive note. Beat Tulsa, beat Navy and Army fans don't have anything to complain about.

Maybe we all will even forget about this stinging loss to Rutgers.

Extra points: Army is now 3-1 at Michie Stadium this year ...... Rice broke the school record of 232 yards set by Terrell Willis against Temple in 1994. Rice left the game early in the fourth quarter Said Rice of running all over the Black Knights: "I never plan on it but I always come out thinking I'm going to run the ball. They played tough. They are team that isn't ever going to quit and they play with a lot of enthusiasm so to have a career day on them is special." ...... The Scarlet Knights (6-4) are bowl-eligible for the third straight year ...... The lone bright spot for Army last night: Josh Mitchell's 62-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was the first pick of his career ...... Rutgers had possession of the ball for an astonishing 41:56 ...... Army leads the all-time series with Rutgers 18-16, but has lost the last four games by a combined score of 148-42 ....... The Black Knights are 5-3 all-time in night games at Michie Stadium ........ Kicker Adam DeMarco missed wide left on Mitchell's touchdown. It served as the first missed extra point by Army since 2005.


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