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December 4th, 2013

Army Comeback Falls Short At Hawai’i

Terry Baggett crossed the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career.
HONOLULU, Hawai’i - Army (3-8) fought back from a three-touchdown halftime deficit to tie the game less than nine minutes into the third quarter, but Hawai’i (1-11) was able to come away with a 49-42 victory Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Sophomore quarterback A.J. Schurr came off the bench after halftime and accounted for four of the Black Knights five second-half touchdowns.
Army trailed 28-7 at intermission, but a turnover, an onside kick recovery and a defensive stop allowed the Black Knights to score three times in the first eight minutes, 43 seconds of the third quarter. Schurr accounted for all three touchdowns on the ground.

Hawai’i responded with back-to-back touchdowns and never let their lead slip below seven for the remainder of the game.

Schurr accounted for 169 yards of offense, passing for 122 yards and running for 47 and four scores, all career highs. Terry Baggett crossed the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career. His 81 yards improved his season total to 1,072, the 11th-best single-season total in Army history. Fullback Matt Giachinta, who made his first career start, rushed for a touchdown, as did starting quarterback Angel Santiago. Xavier Moss led the Black Knights with three catches for 72 yards.

Defensively, Chris Carnegie made a career-high 13 stops and intercepted his first career pass. Colby Miller also made 13 tackles. Shaquille Tolbert registered eight tackles, including one for loss, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Rookie corner Josh Jenkins made his first career fumble recovery, returning it 19 yards and setting up Army’s first touchdown of the second half.

Hawai’i outgained the Black Knights, 608-406. Sean Schroeder completed 23 of his 33 throws for 322 yards and three scores. Joey Iosefa and Steve Lakalaka led the Rainbow Warriors ground attack with 154 and 104 yards, respectively, and one touchdown each. Iosefa also threw for a touchdown.  Chris Gant made eight catches for 116 yards, while Scott Harding had five receptions for 94 yards and a score. Marc Langkilde, Vasquez Haynes and Harold Moleni also caught touchdowns.

The Black Knights dropped to 0-3 all-time versus Hawai’i, including a 0-2 mark on Oahu.

Army moved the ball 29 yards on just four plays on the game’s first possession, but a fumble snuffed the drive and set up the Rainbow Warriors at their own 46-yard line. Hawai’i took advantage of the miscue, covering the 54 yards in five plays capped by a 26-yard pass from Schroeder to Harding. The PAT gave UH a 7-0 lead with 11:45 left in the first quarter.

The Black Knights went three-and-out, including two sacks on their next possession, punting the ball to the Rainbow Warriors. Hawai’i started at its own 26-yard line and marched 74 yards in seven plays for their second touchdown. Schroeder threw for his second score, a one-yard completion to Marc Langkilde on 3rd-and-goal. The big play of the drive was a Schroeder to Stutzmann connection that covered 42 yards. The extra point pushed the lead to 14-0 with 7:45 to go in the opening quarter.

Army went backward on its first two plays of its next drive, setting up a 3rd-and-17 from the 18-yard line. Santiago connected with Moss on a 16-yard gain, and the Black Knightsoffense stayed on the field on fourth down. After a time out, Santiago was stopped for no-gain, giving the Rainbow Warriors possession at Army’s 34-yard line. Hawai’i moved the ball inside the 15-yard line, but Carnegie’s interception in the end zone thwarted the drive.

The Black Knightsoffense settled in, marching 80 yards in 13 plays. Trenton Turrentine had the longest play of the drive with a 16-yard run.  A one-handed circus catch while falling down by Lawrence converted a third down inside the Warriors20-yard line, and a roughing the passing penalty gave the Black Knights a 1st-and-goal at the 6-yard line. Santiago did the honors on the next play, posting his ninth rushing score of the season. Daniel Grochowski’s extra point was good despite an illegal formation penalty that placed the ball at the 8-yard line to cut Army’s deficit to 14-7 with 13:37 to go in the half.

The Rainbow Warriors answered right back with an 80-yard scoring drive of their own. Schroder connected with Vasquez Haynes for a 10-yard touchdown pass, his third of the game, and the extra point made the score 21-7 with 9:52 showing on the second quarter clock.

Army went three-and-out on its next possession, and a 16-yard punt set up Hawai’i at the Black Knights42-yard line. On second down, Schroeder hit Stutzmann for a 27-yard gain to the Army 9-yard line. Iosefa ran for eight yards on first down, but was stopped at the 1-yard line on each of the next two plays. On fourth down, Iosefa lined up in the shotgun, took the direct snap and headed toward the end zone. He pulled up just short of the line of scrimmage and lofted a pass to Harold Moleni who was open in the end zone. The extra point extended the Rainbow Warriorslead to 28-7 with 6:03 left in the half.

Army again went three-and-out, but the defense limited the Warriors to a 51-yard field goal try. The kick was short, giving the Black Knights a first down at the Hawai’i 33-yard line with just more than two minutes to go. Army moved into Hawai’i territory, but the drive stalled forcing another punt, this one fair caught at the Rainbow Warriors12-yard line with 10 seconds left in the half. Hawai’i ran two plays, but could not move into scoring possession.

The Rainbow Warriors held a 320-135 edge in total yards in the first half, including a 115-105 edge in rushing yardage. Giovannelli led Army with five carries for 41 yards through two quarters. Santiago was 3-for-10 for 30 yards through the air and ran 15 times for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Schroeder connected on 14 of his 19 throws for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the first two quarters. Lakalaka ran 12 times for 60 yards, while Gant and Harding each caught four passes.

Army’s defense forced its second turnover on Hawai’i’s first possession of the second half when Shaquille Tolbert forced a fumble and Josh Jenkins scooped it up, returning it 19 yards to the Rainbow Warriors28-yard line. Schurr came in at quarterback and guided the Black Knights to their second touchdown. He completed an eight-yard pass to Matt Giachinta on 3rd-and-2 that gave the Black Knights a first down at the 2-yard line. On the next play, Schurr carried up the middle, crossing the goal line for his first career rushing touchdown. Grochowski’s extra point trimmed Army’s deficit to 28-14 with 11:38 left in the third quarter.

The Black Knights special teams executed a surprise onside kick with Andrew King recovering at the Hawai’i 38-yard line. Army needed just three plays to score their second touchdown in 59 seconds. After a dive by Giachinta, Schurr went around the right side for a 34-yard gain to the 2-yard line. On 1st-and-goal he again went up the middle for the score. Grochowski’s PAT made it a one possession game at 28-21 with 10:39 left in the quarter.

The Army defense forced the Rainbow Warriorsfirst punt of the night, and the Black Knights took over at its own 32-yard line. Schurr went to work through the air, completing two of his three passes for 64 yards. He and Lawrence hooked up for a 16-yard gain on 3rd-and-10, and Schurr went deep to Moss for a 48-yard gain to the 4-yard line. Two plays later Schurr crossed the goal line for the third time in the quarter. The extra point tied the score at 28-28 with 6:17 left in the third stanza.

Hawai’i answered right back with a five-play drive that covered 80 yards in just 1:33. The big play was a 36-yard connection from Schroeder to Harding. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the Army –yard line, and on the next play, Iosefa took it in for the Rainbow Warriorsfirst rushing touchdown of the night. The PAT made it 35-28 with 4:40 left on the third quarter clock.

After Army went three-and-out on its next possession, the Warriors regained a two-touchdown lead on a one-yard run by Lakalaka. A 32-yard scamper by Iosefa put Hawai’i in scoring position, and Lakalaka covered the final 29 yards. The extra point stretched Hawai’i’s advantage to 42-28 with 1:27 left in the quarter.

On the Black Knightsnext possession, Army moved the ball into Warrior territory after a four-yard run by Baggett, and two dead ball fouls against Hawai’i advanced the ball 30 yards to the 16-yard line to end the third quarter. Baggett went for five more, and Giachinta accounted for the final 11 yards for his second touchdown of the season. Grochowski’s extra point trimmed Army’s deficit to 42-35 with 14:21 left in the fourth quarter.

Schroeder found paydirt with his legs on the Rainbow Warriorsnext possession, converting a 3rd-and-goal from the 6-yard line. All but 23 yards of the 75-yard march came on the ground. Hawai’i ran 13 plays and took 4:31 off the clock. The extra point made it 49-35 with 9:50 left in the contest.

Army moved the ball into Hawai’i territory on the next possession, but a fumble by Baggett gave the Rainbow Warriors the ball at their own 48-yard line with less than nine minutes to go. The Black Knights forced a punt and took over at their own 16-yard line with 6:43 left.  A 42-yard catch and run by Baggett highlighted Army’s 84-yard, 11-play drive that took 4:13 off the clock. Schurr scored his fourth touchdown of the night, plunging in from two yards out. Grochowski’s PAT made it 49-42 with 2:30 left on the fourth quarter clock.

The Black Knights attempted their second onside kick of the night, but the Rainbow Warriors recovered at Army’s 43-yard line. Iosefa ran to the 23-yard line, but a personal foul penalty backed it up to the 38-yard line. Hawai’i was forced to punt and the 26-yard punt was downed at the Army 5-yard line with 13 seconds left.  Schurr scrambled for a first down on the first play and was able to spike the ball with three seconds left. The long pass down the right side was knocked down on the final play of the game.

Army is off until Dec. 14 when it travels to Philadelphia for the 114th Army-Navy Game.

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