Throwback Thursday: 2012 Army-Air Force

Senior cornerback Chris Carnegie is only starter remaining from the last Army team to win a Commander in Chief’s trophy game.

Carnegie made two tackles and had a pass breakup in Army’s 41-21 win over Air Force on Nov. 3, 2012. Cadets stormed the field in the Black Knights first victory over the Falcons since 2005.

“The win my freshman year is absolutely one of the highlights of my career,” Carnegie said. “There’s no way to describe that feeling, just extreme euphoria. You beat one of your rivals and the Corps was behind you and everyone was in good spirits for weeks.”

Only three other current Army players – kicker Dan Grochowski, quarterback A.J. Schurr and nose tackle T.J. Atimalala – played in the win. Atimalala started but not record a tackle. Grochowski kicked two field goals in the game.

Carnegie, Atimalala, Grochowski and Schurr won their very first Commander in Chief’s trophy game and have not won another since, dropping the last five against Navy and Air Force.

“It seems just like yesterday,” Grochowski said. “We got a win here at Michie and we were hoping to start things off the right way. Some things don’t always go the way you plan. You start have to keep fighting like we have all year.”

Army’s starting offense for the 2012 Air Force game was: QB Trent Steelman, FB Larry Dixon, RB Raymond Maples, RB Trenton Turrentine, WR Chevaughn Lawrence, WR Patrick Laird, LT Dere Bisgard, LG Frank Allen, C Ryan Powis, RG Steve Shumaker, RT Momo Kime.

Army’s starting defense for the 2012 Air Force game was: DE Zach Watts, DE Bobby Kough, NT Richard Glover, DT T.J. Atimalala, LB Nate Combs, LB Geoff Bacon, LB Alex Meier, CB Josh Jackson, CB Chris Carnegie, S Justin Trimble, S Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires.

Combs played a great game, scoring a touchdown on a fumble, picking up Air Force in the end zone and making eight tackle. He was also a great quote.

Here’s my game story from Army’s win:


Trent Steelman:

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