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Carter Breaks Single-Season Sack Record as Army Wins On Senior Day

by Erin Summers

Playing their second one-win team in two weeks, Army's play on the field wasn't anything like a week ago, as UMass hung tough until a fourth quarter surge by Army put the Black Knights past the Minutemen 33-17.


The victory secured Army's sixth-straight season with a winning record at home, and for the 27 seniors that took plays in Army's Senior Day, it game them a 23-3 record at Michie Stadium.


"I'm proud of our seniors," Army Head Coach Jeff Monken said, "and getting a win on Senior Day, they sure meant a lot to the program over the last four years and I was just happy that we were able to get a victory for them. It was a hard-fought victory."


UMass struck first, getting into scoring position after a recovered fumble, but the Black Knights held the Minutemen to a field goal and then responded quickly.


Running back Tyrell Robinson cashed in on a career-long 87-yard touchdown run, and a successful 2-point conversion made it 8-3, Army.


I saw [senior running back] Brandon Walters get a nice little cut back in front of me," Robinson said of the big play, "and then [sophomore wide receiver] Isaiah Alston was down the field, just blocking for a long time, blocking his tail off for me. So I'm glad they're on our side right now."

Army linebacker Andre Carter, II carries the football during a football game at Michie Stadium on the campus of the US Military Academy at West Point against the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts on November 20, 2021.
Army linebacker Andre Carter, II carries the football during a football game at Michie Stadium on the campus of the US Military Academy at West Point against the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts on November 20, 2021.

The teams traded touchdowns to open the second quarter, and then the Army defense stepped up. Linebacker Andre Carter, II came up with his third sack of the day and forced a fumble. Army's Nolan Cockrill recovered to set up a field goal to take a 19-10 halftime lead.


The sack by Carter broke the record for most sacks in an Academy season at 13.5 and puts Carter back on top of the NCAA leaderboard.


"So happy for Andre Carter," Monken said, "setting the new record for sacks in the season at Army that's been around for a good while. And he's a good player and I was happy to see him make some plays this afternoon. [We] came up with some plays and turnovers defensively, which were big and certainly made a difference in the game."


The previous Army single-season sack record was 12.5, set by defensive end Josh McNary (USMA, 2011) in 2009.


After a scoreless third, a UMass touchdown brought the Minutemen to within two points, at 19-17, but then Army locked in, putting together two touchdown drives that ate up eleven minutes of clock in the final quarter for the 33-17 win.


In the victory the Black Knights rushed for 377 yards --137 by Robinson -- on just nine carries. However, Monken said they'll need to establish more of a passing game next week at Liberty. The 7-4 Flames are coming off of a 42-12 loss at home to #21 Louisiana. That loss broke a program-record 15-straight home winning streak.


Monken did announce on Monday that Army lost senior cornerback Julian McDuffie for the season to a leg injury during the UMass game. Playing in just eight of the Black Knights' ten games this season, McDuffie was the team's fifth leading tackler.


The victory over UMass was the 56th win of Monken's Army career, just two shy of tying Charles Daly (58-13-3; 1913-16, 1919-22) as the second-winningest coach in Army football history. The legendary Earl Blaik notched 121 wins at West Point in his 18 seasons as Army's Head Coach.



edited for web by Joe Harman