Boston College - Army Matchup

The 18th ranked Boston College Eagles will make their 2005 Alumni Stadium debut on Saturday when they face the Black Knights of Army. This will be the season opener for Army, which was 2-9 last season. Here is a look at the top players and their 2004 stats.

The Quarterbacks
Quinton Porter ('03) -- 56% comp, 1,764 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT
Zac Dahman -- 54.7% comp, 1,767 yards, 9 TD, 7 INT

Top Rushers
Andre Callender -- 637 yards, 4.6 ypc, 2 TD
  L.V. Whitworth -- 623 yards, 4.4 ypc, 5 TD
Carlton Jones -- 1,268 yards, 6.1 ypc, 17 TD

Top Receivers
Larry Lester (WR) -- 35 catches, 515 yards, 2 TD
  Will Blackmon (WR) -- Converted CB
  Chris Miller (TE) -- 20 catches, 228 yards, 2 TD
Jacob Murphy (WR) -- 26 catches, 357 yards, 2 TD
  Jeremy Trimble (WR) -- 20 catches, 349 yards, 2 TD
  Jared Ulekowski (TE) -- 25 catches, 272 yards, 1 TD

Top Defenders
Mathias Kiwanuka (DE) -- 67 tackles (24.5 for lost yardage), 11.5 sacks
  Brian Toal (LB) -- 77 tackles
  Ray Henderson (LB) -- 75 tackles, 6 INT
Cameron Craig (DE) -- 51 tackles, 4 sacks
  Caleb Campbell (SS) -- 54 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
  Dhyan Tarver (CB) -- 83 tackles, 2 FF

The Kickers
Ryan Ohliger -- 13/19 FG, 31/34 PAT
Austin Miller or Justin Koenig

The Punters
Johnny Ayers -- 39.3 yards per kick
Owen Tolson -- new starter

The Kick Returners
Will Blackmon -- 27.2 yds per KO return (1 TD),
11.3 yds per punt return (1 TD)
Scott Wesley -- 23.1 yards per KO ret,
6.7 yds per punt return

Final Analysis

This could be nice opportunity for the Eagle offense to pad their stats a bit. Army ranked dead last in the NCAA last year in total defense. The Knights gave up an average of 490 yards per game against pretty weak competition even with the nation's leading tackler, Greg Washington. Washington has graduated, leaving Army with little to stop BC or any other offense.

On the other side of the ball, Army has the potential to make some noise. Senior quarterback Zac Dahman needs only 463 yards passing to become the all-time passing leader in Army history. Senior back Carlton Jones is only 446 yards away from moving into second place in Army's all-time rushing list. Jones averaged 6.1 yards per carry last season and scored 17 touchdowns.

BC should have a very easy time moving the ball on Saturday. BC has the speed, the skill and most importantly the size to dominate this game. BC's offensive line outweighs the Army defensive line by an average of 50 pounds per man. Even if BC has trouble early, the size advantage will take its toll by the second half. Offensively, Army could give BC some problems. Army will likely have more success with the run than the pass so it is important for them not to let BC take a big lead early. This is an opportunity for BC to improve its tackling, the one big weakness in an otherwise solid victory over BYU last weekend.

Final Score: Boston College 38 Army 10

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Army by the Numbers

Army is 0-5 in season openers on the road.

BC was 0-9 against Army prior to 1970. They are 22-3 against Army since.

Statistic (2004) BC Army
Offense - Run 74 36
Offense - Pass 32 70
Defense - Run 33 115
Defense - Pass 25 91