WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Bobby Ross would have preferred Army's
best offensive performance in 48 years to come against a different
The Black Knights scored on five of their first six possessions
and beat VMI, their coach's alma mater, 62-7 on Saturday.
"I've got some real mixed feelings, not about winning, that's
for sure," said Ross, who improved to 3-4 against VMI.
"But I have to tell you, I hated to see that score going like
it was going, to be very honest. Not that I didn't want us to
score. I'm never going to tell our players not to try to do what
they've got to do. That's what we teach them to do. I felt for
their team. ... I'm glad to get the win."
The Black Knights (3-3) are off to their best start since 1996,
when they won their first nine and finished 10-2. Army's last
60-point victory was a 68-6 win over Colgate in 1958, the year
before Ross graduated from VMI.
Jeremy Trimble returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and
caught a TD pass as the Black Knights quickly put last week's
embarrassing 48-14 home loss to Rice behind them. That was the
Owls' second victory in 22 games.
"I think everyone took that sour taste we had in our mouths
from last week and used it as motivation," Trimble said.
Army took control from the beginning against VMI (1-5), a
Division I-AA opponent that lost its fifth consecutive game and is
4-23 since 2004.
"This game was definitely a big confidence builder,"
linebacker Barrett Scruggs said. "We were all frustrated and
aggravated after the loss to Rice. To come out here today and play
the way we did reinforces the fact that we know we're a good
Scruggs forced Sean Mizzer to fumble on the Keydets' second play
of the game, with Charlie Rockwood pouncing on the loose ball. On
the next play, Wesley McMahand broke through the middle, slipped a
leg tackle and ran into the end zone for a 25-yard score, the first
of two touchdowns for the sophomore.
Army did not begin a drive any farther back than VMI's 40-yard
line until its sixth possession. Meanwhile, VMI did not cross
midfield until Mizzer broke through for a 68-yard TD run with 3:44
remaining in the second quarter.
Trimble, a junior, became the first Army player to return two
punts for touchdowns in one season since Omari Thompson in 2000.
His touchdown gave Army a 48-7 advantage midway through the third
"He's been a real weapon for us back there," Ross said.
"Moving him back there has been a good, solid move for us."
With his blockers aligning perfectly, Trimble caught the high
punt, took a few steps to the right and then cut toward the left
sideline. Frank Scappaticci took out VMI punter Adam Peters,
Trimble made another player miss and then saw an open field ahead
"I give all my credit to my blocking. They've been doing great
all year," Trimble said. "The big thing is, I'm not the fastest
guy, so I'm just like, don't get caught. That's my theory."
The Black Knights totaled 426 yards of offense, while holding
the Keydets to 191 yards. Five players scored rushing TDs for Army.
Army's David Pevoto was 9-for-13 passing for 114 yards.
"Our big focus was to put the Rice game behind us and come out
and play well and execute," Pevoto said.
Mizzer rushed 13 times for 114 yards for VMI.