Oct. 20, 2012
EMU 48, Army 38
YPSILANTI, Mich. -
Tyler Benz passed for 369 yards and five touchdowns, and Bronson Hill accumulated 252 yards of total offense and two scores as Eastern Michigan defeated Army, 48-38, Saturday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium.
Benz threw touchdowns to five different receivers, including Garrett Hoskins, who caught seven passes for 158 yards and one TD. Hill rushed for 185 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries and added 67 yards and another score on three receptions.
Eastern Michigan (1-6) jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the first six minutes of the first quarter and the Eagles never trailed en route to their first victory of the season.
Army quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for a career-high 212 yards and a pair of long touchdowns to spark the Black Knights (1-6). Steelman scored on runs of 74 and 75 yards. Hayden Tippett also established a career high, rushing for 74 yards on nine carries. Malcolm Brown added 71 yards on four totes to bolster the Army ground attack, which finished with 413 rushing yards.
Eastern Michigan set the tone for the contest as the Eagles took the opening kickoff and quickly marched 68 yards in three plays to take a 7-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the game. Benz found Javonti Greene down the seam with a 39-yard touchdown pass to cap the scoring march.
EMU then forced a three-and-out by Army on its first offensive possession, and the Eagles got set up inside the Black Knights' 20-yard line after punter Chris Boldt lost 13 yards on fourth down. Benz drilled a one-yard TD pass to Hoskins moments later to give the Eagles a 14-0 edge with 9:30 to play in the first quarter.
Army responded on its next two offensive series, scoring 10 unanswered points to pull to within 14-10 with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Black Knights first cracked the scoreboard on Daniel Grochowski's 42-yard field goal to make it 14-3, and Army scored its first touchdown of the day on Brown's 55-yard run down the right sideline. Brown's dash to paydirt capped a six-play, 91-yard drive and made it a one-possession game.
Eastern Michigan reclaimed its 11-point cushion on its next possession as the Eagles drove the ball 75 yards in nine plays to open up a 21-10 lead with 11:33 to play in the second quarter. Benz hit Hill with a 41-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-11 play to culminate the drive.
Army wasted little time trimming EMU's lead to 21-17 as Steelman took off on a 74-yard touchdown run around the right side of the offensive line. Steelman faked the pitch and sprinted untouched down the right sideline for the TD at the 10:49 mark of the first quarter.
The Black Knights snuffed out Eastern Michigan's next offensive possession when Alex Meier intercepted Benz at the goal line and returned it 65 yards to the Eagles' 34-yard line. Army was unable to cash in the game's first turnover, however, as the Black Knights fumbled the ball back to Eastern Michigan inside the EMU 10-yard line.
Eastern Michigan capitalized Army's miscue by driving the ball 93 yards in 11 plays to take a 28-17 lead with 13 seconds to play before halftime. Benz tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Christian Menet on a fourth-and-goal play to give the Eagles an 11-point halftime cushion.
EMU tacked on a field goal with 5:45 to play in the third quarter to extend its advantage to 31-17. The Eagles drove 70 yards in 13 plays and took more than six minutes off the clock.
Army struck quickly on its ensuing possession as Steelman darted around the left side of the offensive line and ran for a 75-yard touchdown. The TD scamper trimmed the Black Knights' deficit to 31-24 midway through the third quarter.
Following an exchange of punts, Benz tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Brumfield, increasing Eastern Michigan's lead to 38-24 with 14:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hill then gave EMU its largest lead of the game at 45-24 with 11:59 to play in the fourth when he broke off a 42-yard TD run.
Army drove down the field on its next offensive series and drew to within 45-31 at the 7:18 mark of the fourth quarter on Trenton Turrentine's nine-yard touchdown run. Turrentine's TD, which was his first of the season, capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive.
Eastern Michigan added a field goal with 4:26 remaining on the fourth quarter clock as Dylan Mulder converted a 23-yarder to make it 48-31.
Army refused to go quietly, though, as freshman quarterback A.J. Schurr directed an eight-play, 72-yard march to cut EMU's lead to 48-38. Schurr found Anthony Stephens with a 35-yard TD pass deep down the right sideline to cap the drive.
The Black Knights recovered the ensuing onside kick, but they turned the ball over on downs and Eastern Michigan ran out the clock.
Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires led the Army defense with a game-high 14 tackles. Geoffery Bacon chipped in 14 stops for the Black Knights, tying his career high.
Army returns to the friendly confines of Michie Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 27, when the Black Knights host Ball State. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.