Sept. 24, 2011
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Army vs. Ball State Final Statistics
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, while Jahwan Edwards rushed for 64 yards and three scores to lead the Cardinals to a 48-21 victory over Army at Scheumann Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights dropped to 1-3, including two road losses, while the Cardinals improved to 3-1.
The Black Knights, who entered the game ranked first in the nation with more than 38 minutes of possession time per game, had the ball for only 28:48. Army committed five penalties for 55 yards, including a chop block call that took what would have been a game-tying touchdown off the board.
The Black Knights rushed for 402 yards, led by a career-high 125 yards and two touchdowns from sophomore SB Raymond Maples. Junior FB Jared Hassin also reached the 100-yard mark with 111 yards on 17 carries. It was his first 100-yard effort of the season and the fifth of his career. Junior QB Trent Steelman ran for 81 yards on 11 carries.
Army has now run for at least 300 yards in four straight games for the first time since an eight-game streak to start the 1996 season. It was the first time two Black Knights reached the 100-yard mark in the same game since last season's loss to Rutgers.
Freshman SB Terry Baggett made his collegiate debut, rushing for 36 yards and his first career touchdown on only four carries.
Army did not complete a pass in the game, misfiring on four attempts, including an interception.
The Cardinals outgained Army, 546-402. Willie Snead was Wenning's favorite target, catching 10 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Jamill Smith and David Schneider also caught touchdown passes.
Senior LB Steven Erzinger led the Army defensive effort with 17 tackles, his second double-digit game of the season. Junior DT A.J. Mackey made six tackles, including a career-best 1.5 for loss. Tony Martin paced the Cardinals with 13 stops.
The Black Knights have now lost 35 straight games when allowing 40-or-more points.
The Cardinals took the lead on the game's first possession, marching 80 yards on 12 plays. Edwards plowed his way into the end zone from three yards out, and the extra point gave Ball State a 7-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first quarter. Scott rushed five times for 28 yards on the drive.
The two teams traded punts before Army drove deep into Cardinals' territory on its second drive. Brown appeared to score from six yards out, but an illegal chop block penalty took the points off the board and pushed the Black Knights back 15 yards. Army moved the ball back to the Ball State 14-yard line, but Alex Carlton's 32-yard field goal attempt was off the mark, keeping the score at 7-0 with two seconds left in the first quarter.
Following the miss, the Cardinals embarked on their second 80-yard scoring drive of the game. A 43-yard pass from Wenning to Jamil Smith moved the ball from the BSU 15-yard line to the Army 42-yard line. Ball State was flagged for a holding penalty on the next play, but Wenning hit Snead for a 22-yard pickup and a first down inside the Army 30-yard line. Two plays later, Edwards scored his second touchdown of the game, a 12-yard jaunt. The extra point extended the Ball State lead to 14-0 with 12:38 to go in the first half.
Army moved the ball back into Ball State territory on a big gain by Steelman, but the run was wiped out by another chop block call and put the Black Knights in a 2nd-and-21 from their own 22-yard line. Army could not recover and was forced to punt for the second time.
Ball State scored its third touchdown of the half on the ensuing possession, marching 59 yards in 11 plays. Wenning hit Smith on a five-yard fade route in the back corner of the end zone to cap the drive. The extra point pushed the Cardinals' lead to 21-0 with 4:39 left in the second quarter.
Army committed its first turnover on the first play of its next possession when Steelman threw his second interception of the season. Sean Baker returned the ball 18 yards to set up the Cardinals' offense at the Black Knights' 18-yard line. Wenning appeared to hit Snead for a six-yard touchdown pass, but an offensive pass interference call pushed the ball back to the 21-yard line. The flag only prolonged the drive by one play as the Ball State duo hooked up again to convert the 3rd-and-goal from the 21-yard line. The PAT gave the Cardinals a 28-0 lead with 2:38 left in the opening half.
The Black Knights nearly turned the ball over on their next play, but Brown recovered an errant option pitch for a 12-yard loss. Army could not convert a first down and punt the ball away with 1:40 left in the half. The Cardinals took over at their own 40-yard line and drove the ball inside the Black Knights' 5-yard line, and Steven Schott drilled a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half to send the Cardinals into the locker room with a 31-0 lead.
The Cardinals outgained the Black Knights 333-101 in the opening half. All of Army's first-half yards came on the ground. Wenning completed 21-of-27 passes for 254 yards and two scores, while Edward took two of his seven carries into the end zone. Hassin led the Black Knights with 45 yards on seven first-half carries.
Army took the ball to start the second half and drove inside the Ball State 40-yard line, but after a false start penalty, the possession stalled and ended when Steelman was sacked on fourth down. Aided by Army's fourth personal foul penalty of the game, the Cardinals went 62 yards on six plays for their fifth touchdown of the game. Edwards punched in his third score from one yard out with 8:12 left in the third quarter. The extra point extended the Cardinals' lead to 38-0.
The Black Knights snapped their scoring drought with a 77-yard touchdown drive on the ensuing possession. The march was highlighted by a 40-yard jaunt by Steelman that moved Army to the Ball State 10-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Maples plowed his way into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Carlton's PAT cut the Black Knights' deficit to 38-7 with 4:11 left in the third quarter.
The Cardinals responded with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Wenning to David Schneider to cap a five-play 60-yard drive. The extra point re-established the Cardinals' lead at 38 points with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
Army continued to move the ball, driving 80 yards on 10 plays for its second touchdown of the half. Maples did the honors again, taking an option pitch around the left end for a 19-yard touchdown run. The score marked the first time in his career that Maples reached the end zone twice in one game.
The Black Knights forced Ball State to punt, but Army's next drive was snuffed out on 4th-and-2 from the Cardinals' 16-yard line. BSU scored its final points on the next drive. Backup QB Kelly Page hit Snead for a 45-yard pass down the right sideline. Army held on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line and after a delay of game penalty, Schott hit a 22-yard field goal to stretch the Ball State lead to 48-14 with 2:50 left in the game.
Army got on the board one more time when Baggett went in from seven yards out for his first career touchdown. Carlton's PAT set the final margin at 48-21 with 1:07 left. Baggett ran three times for 33 yards on the drive.
Saturday marked the third straight game the Army defense did not record a takeaway. Army dropped to 3-14 under head coach Rich Ellerson when on the short end of the turnover battle.
The Black Knights return home next week, hosting Tulane on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. The game is Army's annual homecoming contest. The first 5,000 fans through the gates at Michie Stadium will receive an Earl "Red" Blaik bobblehead.