6:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005
6:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Army coach Bobby Ross has a new hero.
It's Carlton Jones, who ran for 162 yards to pass Heisman winner Glenn Davis on Army's career rushing list and the Black Knights snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 20-0 victory over Akron on Saturday night.
"Glenn Davis was my hero," the 69-year-old Ross said. "I think that Carlton, when he has time to get over the excitement of this victory, will be able to look at what he has done as an unbelievable accomplishment."
The senior running back carried a career-high 38 times, scored two touchdowns and moved into second place at West Point with 3,065 yards rushing, behind only Mike Mayweather's 4,299 yards from 1987-90.
"I'm honored to be mentioned with such a great man," Jones said of Davis. "You see his highlights on film and it is amazing."
Army players are wearing a small No. 41 emblem on the front of their uniforms this season to honor Davis, who passed away in March at the age of 80.
Sixty years ago, he teamed with fullback Felix "Doc" Blanchard as one of the most heralded backfields in college football history. He was "Mr. Outside" to Blanchard's "Mr. Inside." He won the 1946 Heisman Trophy and ran for 2,957 yards on only 358 carries. His 8.26 average per carry remains an NCAA record. Blanchard won the Heisman in 1945.
Army (1-6) won for the first time since a 42-35 victory over South Florida on Oct. 16, 2004. Akron (3-4) has lost three of four.
"We got whipped," Zips coach J.D. Brookhart said. "This might have been one of the most frustrating days of my career. There was a lot that didn't go right."
The Black Knights notched their first shutout in 142 games, the last coming when they beat Colgate 30-0 on Sept. 11, 1993.
They limited the Zips to 44 yards on 22 carries and pressured quarterback Luke Getsy into several hurried throws -- one of which set up Army's first score.
Getsy, trying to avoid a blitz, overthrew his receiver and safety Caleb Campbell returned his fourth interception of the season 22 yards to the Zips 22 early in the second quarter.
Then it was all Jones, who played through a pulled stomach muscle and slightly sprained right ankle that needed care during practice all week. He carried three straight times, gaining 11, 3 and 9 yards to give Army a 7-0 lead.
Justin Koenig, helped by a strong wind, kicked a 49-yard field goal with 42 seconds left in the half to make it 10-0.
"Justin was actually sick before the game, but took a little medicine and came up with his best performance," Ross said.
Akron drove to the Army 25 on its first possession of the second half, but turned the ball over on downs.
"We were moving the ball well, the wind was against us, and I wanted to keep the momentum," Brookhart said about not attempting a field goal. "I felt comfortable with the decision."
The Black Knights then drove 58 yards in 12 plays to set up a 35-yard field goal by Koenig.
Army kept possession of the ball for most of the fourth quarter, adding a final score on a 32-yard pass from Zac Dahman to Jones with 5:14 to play.