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October 10th, 2012

Black Knights run past Boston College, 34-31

Army senior QB Trent Steelman ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns as the Black Knights topped Boston College, 34-31, in front of a sell-out crowd at Michie Stadium. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WEST POINT - Senior quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 45 seconds left, as Army defeated Boston College, 34-31, Saturday at a sold-out Michie Stadium.

A crowd of 39,492 was on hand as three Army players rushed for more than 100 yards in the Black Knights’ first victory of the season.

Steelman picked up 141 yards and those three touchdowns, junior running back Raymond Maples collected a career-best 184 yards and sophomore running back Larry Dixon bulled his way to 128 yards and a score as Army dominated time of possession, 37:38-22:22. Steelman completed 5-of-12 passes for 79 yards, three of those to junior wide receiver Patrick Laird for 42 yards.

Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig connected on 16-of-29 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Andre Williams rushed 21 times for 191 yards and a pair of scores.

The Eagles, now 1-4, had the ball with 44 seconds left but Army senior linebacker Nate Combs secured a fumble to end the game.
Army opened the scoring in the first quarter. After forcing a Boston College punt on the opening possession, the Black Knights went 72 yards in nine plays for an early 7-0 lead.

Maples rushed for 23 yards on the first four plays of the drive, Steelman ran for five, sophomore running back Stephen Fraser picked up nine and Dixon went up the home sidelines for a 34-yard gain. Steelman capped the drive with a one-yard scoring plunge. Rookie Daniel Grochowski kicked the PAT.

Boston College tied the game on its next possession with a 75-yard drive, culminating in Williams’ one-yard scoring run.

Army went back on top, scoring on its second straight possession. Steelman ran for 11 yards on second down and then connected with Laird for 14 yards. Maples collected 18 yards on two carries and Steelman ran 27 yards to pay dirt and a 14-7 Army advantage.

The Eagles knotted the game at 14 early in the second quarter when Williams blew through the line for a 99-yard scoring run.

Boston College took advantage of an Army fumbles for its first lead of the game when Nate Freese kicked a 25-yard field goal.

The Black Knights again fumbled on their next possession and Boston College turned it into a 24-14 lead when Rettig connected with Alex Amidon for a 20-yard score.

Army cut its deficit at the end of the first half when Grochowski was good on a career-long, 46-yard field goal attempt to make it a 24-17 Boston College lead at halftime.

The Black Knights received the second-half kickoff and tied the game at 24-24. Steelman broke off a 27-yard gain for the big play of the drive, which ended on a six-yard touchdown run by Dixon. The 12-play, 75-yard drive took 6:08.

Army went back on top early in the final quarter when Grochowski nailed a 20-yard field goal.

Boston College needed eight plays to go 77 yards and re-take the lead with a 24-yard scoring run by Amidon to give the Eagles a 31-27 advantage.

Army was driving for a potential game-winning touchdown but the Eagles came up with a huge stop and took over at their one-yard line with 2:03 left to play.

Three Williams rushes were not enough for a first down, and Boston College punted back to Army out of its own end zone.

The punt sailed out of bounds and Army took over at the Boston College 38-yard line with 1:03 left in the game.

Steelman threw an incomplete pass on first down, and Maples picked up nine yards on the next snap. On third-and-one, Steelman went over a tackle and blew through the secondary for a 29-yard touchdown run. Grochowski added the PAT with 45 seconds left as Army took a 34-31 advantage.

Boston College picked up a first down as time was winding down. Rettig then completed a pass to Bobby Swigert. Swigert tried to lateral the ball to a teammate, but Combs caught the lateral to end the game.

Army, now 1-4, will host Kent State to complete a three-game homestand.

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