Thursday, October 4, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 31


Cougars joust with Black Knights

By Tom Carpenter
The Daily Cougar

Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson,
Douglas MacArthur and Norman Schwarzkopf; these names
belong to West Point's "Long Gray Line" of graduates who
have brought honor and glory to the Academy in their nation's

Fortunately for the Cougars, these famous graduates of West
Point won't be digging in across the line of scrimmage from the
Cougar offense when Houston invades Blake Field at Michie
Stadium to take on the Black Knights on Saturday in a
Conference USA "Battle of the Cellar Dwellers." Both teams
stand at 0-3 a fourth of the way through the season.

"Whoever comes out of this one at 0-4 has a long road ahead,"
said Cougar head coach Dana Dimel. "They will have to work
to keep their kids tight and together the rest of the season."

Unless the Cougars become awestruck by the sheer beauty
and grandeur of Michie Stadium or intimidated by the
legendary Army teams of the past, UH should finally win a
battle in the war of respectability.

The Black Knights rank No. 15 in the country in total defense,
but they have a minor problem moving the ball, averaging 291
yards a game.

The Cougars are just the opposite. They sport a porous
defense and a potent air attack, although the Cougar ground
game stands at No. 111 out of a total of 116 Division I-A teams.

Head coach Todd Berry assumed command of Army last
season as the 32nd head coach in West Point history and
endured a dismal 1-10 campaign.

Senior quarterback Chad Jenkins leads the Army offense,
ranked 75th, but Jenkins has had problems throwing the ball.

His 46-84 for 458 yards ranks him near the bottom, statistically,
in a pass-happy conference. He's tossed two touchdowns
while suffering six interceptions.

Junior Josh Holden took over for All-C-USA running back
Michael Wallace. The 6-0 Hudson, Ohio, native has rushed for
180 yards on 32 attempts.

The Army's innovative one-back multiple set offense could
give the Cougar defense problems.

Believe it or not, this should be one of the most exciting games
the Cougars will play this year. It will be a repeat of last year's
barn-burner, when it took a blocked field goal attempt as time
expired to put a lock on the Cougar win.

"The first road game is always a chance to start something
new and our guys need something like that," Dimel said. "They
need a spark to get things going."

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