In the history of Army football, which dates back to 1890, there had never been a Black Knight who ran for more than 300 yards in a single game.
That all changed today.
Junior running back Terry Baggett had a record-setting day, racking up a school single-game record 304 yards on the ground on just 18 attempts and four touchdowns in Army’s come-from-behind 50-25 win over Eastern Michigan in West Point. Three of his four touchdowns were longer than 20 yards, including scampers of 34, 67, and 96 yards as he averaged an amazing 16.9 yards per run on the afternoon.
“People keep telling me, ‘Man, you just broke the Army record for a single game,’” Baggett said. “It hasn’t hit me yet.”
Baggett, who returned to action this year after a devastating knee injury ended his 2012 campaign, broke Michael Wallace’s Army single-game milestone of 269 rushing yards set in 1999 against Louisville.
After today’s record-setting performance, Baggett has averaged nearly 10 yards per carry (9.66) for the season, accumulating 744 yards on 77 carries for the 3-4 Black Knights.
Army, with its trademark option offense, has a long and somewhat forgotten history of prolific runners. In fact, three Black Knights – Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946), and Pete Dawkins (1958) – won the Heisman Trophy before serving their country.
Baggett, a native of Chicago, had rushed for just 191 yards in his first two seasons as a Black Knight. He started the first two games of the 2012 season, including a 100-yard performance against San Diego State, before being sidelined with injury.
And now after Saturday’s performance, his name will be among the greats of the Army record book.