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Army shut outs North Texas, 24-0

Sep 18, 2010 - 9:23 PM WEST POINT, N.Y.(AP) -- Army bounced back from a tough loss by putting its triple-option offense in gear and getting its first shutout since 2005.

Army quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for 68 and a touchdown as the Black Knights shut out North Texas 24-0 on Saturday.

The Mean Green started backup quarterback Derek Thompson after losing Nathan Tune, probably for the year, to a dislocated right hip in last week's loss to Rice. But Thompson's leg was broken early in the second quarter when he was hit hard on a keeper.

Former receiver Riley Dodge (8 of 17, 63 yards) replaced Thompson, but couldn't generate much offense. The Mean Green (0-3) lost their seventh straight, dating back to last season.

"I don't care who you're playing," Army coach Rich Ellerson said after the Black Knights' first shutout since beating Akron 20-0 in 2005. "Keeping them out of the end zone for 60 minutes is hard to do."

North Texas entered the game 23rd in the country in passing, but was held to 106 yards - a far cry from its 282.5-yard average. Army senior DE Josh McNary had two sacks, tying the school record for 42 career tackles for loss.

"We stayed hungry. We stayed in hot pursuit," McNary said.

Seven Army players ran for 292 yards, including short TD runs by Patrick Mealy (9 yards) and Malcolm Brown (2 yards) to put the Black Knights up 14-0 at halftime.

Army (3-0) added another score midway through the third quarter on Steelman's nifty 20-yard run. Alex Carlton's late 23-yard field goal made it 24-0, as the Black Knights rebounded from a last-minute loss to Hawaii last week.

"We're back," linebacker Stephen Anderson said. "It just feels good to have things click the way we practiced all week. Yeah, Army's back."

North Texas was badly hampered by losing Thompson, who was 6 for 11 in his first career start before getting hurt.

"I could never have imagined our two guys that competed for the job during camp would be out by week three," North Texas coach Todd Dodge said.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTH TEXAS 0 0 0 0 0
    ARMY 7 7 7 3 24 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARMY - TD, PATRICK MEALY 9 YD RUN (ALEX
    CARLTON KICK), 3:59. ARMY 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: ARMY - TD, MALCOLM BROWN 2 YD RUN (ALEX
    CARLTON KICK), 10:03. ARMY
    14-0
    3RD QUARTER: ARMY

    Sep 18 3:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 24 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Sep 18 3:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 24 12:24 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    North Texas 0, Army 24  4th - 12:24Sep 18 2:48 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 21 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Sep 18 2:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 21 5:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    North Texas 0, Army 21  3rd - 5:52Sep 18 2:19 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 14 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Sep 18 1:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 14 4:57 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    North Texas 0, Army 14  2nd - 4:57Sep 18 1:18 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 7 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Sep 18 12:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTH TEXAS 0
    ARMY 7 11:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    North Texas 0, Army 7  1st - 11:01Sep 18 12:13 PM