Scores

Final

North Texas 0

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Army 24

(2-1, 1-1 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 18, 2010

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 0 0 0 00
ARMY 7 7 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: R. Dodge (MCNS) - 63 YDS

Rushing: T. Steelman (ARMY) - 11 CAR, 68 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Dunbar (UNT) - 5 REC, 44 YDS

Army 24, North Texas 0

Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
ARMY
1st Downs1122
Total Yards201337
Passing10645
Rushing95292
Penalties8-592-15
3rd Down Conversions4-136-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers20
Possession25:2534:35

Passing Leaders

North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dodge8/17633.700
ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steelman5/10454.500

Rushing Leaders

North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunbar12423.5013
Hamilton5244.806
ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cobbs77510.7029
Steelman11686.2120

Receiving Leaders

North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dunbar5448.8019
Jackson4307.509
ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barr2189.0012
Brooks11212.0012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNTARMY
TD11:01Patrick Mealy 9 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUNTARMY
TD04:57Malcolm Brown 2 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 014
THIRD QUARTERUNTARMY
TD05:52Trent Steelman 20 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 021
FOURTH QUARTERUNTARMY
FG12:24Alex Carlton 23 Yd 024