NEW HAVEN, CT – Army fullback Larry Dixon had a rather modest game, rushing the ball seven times for 13 yards and one touchdown. Nevertheless, those few yards moved him up the academy’s statistical ladder. He is now fifth all time in rushing. His 2,706 yards passed Gerald Walker for fifth place. Walker rushed for 2,700 yards from 1979-82. Dixon also moved into the top 10 in academy history as his rushing touchdown was his 21st, tying him with Pat Uebel (1953-55) and Bob Anderson (1957-59).
Before leaving the game with an injury, quarterback A.J. Schurr, making only his second all-time start – and first this year – hit Edgar Poe with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first half, Army’s first scoring pass this season. Schurr also rushed for a career-best 135 yards on 15 carries. It was his first 100-yard rushing game. He also completed 6 of 12 passes for 94 yards.
Angel Santiago came in for Schurr in the third quarter and ended with 88 yards rushing and 117 yards passing. His 53-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a career best. It was also the third time he passed for over 100 yards in a game. The last came against Morgan State last season.
Santiago also hit Kelvin White for a two-point conversion in the third quarter, Army’s first two-point conversion since a Santiago rush last season against Eastern Michigan.
Army’s first scoring drive took 6:59, its longest drive by time this season.
It’s a good thing Yale’s offense continues to fire away at high octane, because it’s defense can definitely use a tune up. Yale is 2-0, despite giving up 86 points.
“For the second week in a row, it wasn’t pretty, but the perseverance of these guys came through,” Yale coach Tony Reno said. “We continue to follow the process, taking it one play at a time. This is an incredible group of young men that has limitless potential.”
Particularly if they could eventually succeed on both sides of the ball.
Yale’s victory was its first ever over an FBS team and the first time an Ivy League team has beaten an FBS team since 1986, when Penn beat Navy. It was also Yale’s first victory over Army since 1955.
Army linebacker Jeremy Timpf returned an interception for a 45-yard touchdown, the first of his career. The last time an Army player returned an interception for a score was when Geoffery Bacon scored on a 70-yard return at Vanderbilt Oct. 22, 1011. Timpf now has an interception in two straight games, and a fumble recovery.
The loss left Army with an all-time 6-3 overtime record. Its last OT game was a 23-20 loss to Rutgers in 2010.
General Raymond Odierno, a 1976 graduate of the academy and the current Chief of Staff of the Army, tossed the coin prior to the game.