Sep 2, 2013
Army at Ball State Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team will play its first road game of the season Saturday when the Black Knights travel to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium.
The Black Knights opened the season with a 28-12 victory over Morgan State at Michie Stadium.
The Cardinals dispatched Illinois State 51-28 in their home opener a week ago.
Army and Ball State are meeting for the fifth time with each team winning a pair of games in the series.
MORGAN STATE LEFTOVERS
The Last Meeting
October 27, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Ball State Holds Off Army, 30-22
Ball State's Keith Wenning threw for two touchdowns and Steven Schott kicked three field goals as the Cardinals held off Army, 30-22, Saturday at an overcast Michie Stadium.
Army junior quarterback Angel Santiago
made his second career start against Morgan State and established career highs in most categories.
Santiago rushed 16 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns and completed 4-of-8 passes for 101 yards and a score. In all, he accounted for four touchdowns and 221 yards.
Junior running back Larry Dixon aided the rushing attack with 107 yards on 12 carries, his fifth career game topping the century mark.
Army did not turn the ball over and did not commit a penalty opposite the Bears.
Geoffery Bacon paced the Army defense with 16 tackles. Alex Meier made 11 as the Black Knights limited Morgan State to 116 yards passing.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS
Ball State opened its season with a 51-28 victory over Illinois State on August 29. The Cardinals fell behind 21-9 late in the second quarter and then ran off 42 consecutive points.
Quarterback Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more. He completed 34-of-40 passes for 340 yards.
Jahwan Edwards ran for 49 yards and a score while Horactio Banks picked up 43 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Willie Snead caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Ball State held Illinois State to 74 yards rushing as Brian Jones registered 10 tackles. Ball State had a pair of sacks and 10 tackles for losses.
LAST TIME AGAINST BALL STATE
WEST POINT, N.Y. (10/27/12) Ball State's Keith Wenning threw for two touchdowns and Steven Schott kicked three field goals as the Cardinals held off Army, 30-22 at Michie Stadium.
Army fell behind 14-0 and 27-13 but rallied both times to keep it close. Ball State answered each time with another score and improved to 6-3.
Wenning completed 18-of-27 passes for 189 yards and Jahwan Edwards rushed 30 times for 148 yards to pace the Cardinals.
Army senior quarterback Trent Steelman rushed 17 times for 101 yards and completed 3-of-5 passes for 38 yards. Junior fullback Hayden Tippett carried 20 times for a career-best 100 yards and a touchdown.
Junior legacy captain Jarrett Mackey led the Black Knights' defense with 13 tackles while sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon made 11 stops and freshman linebacker Alex Meier 10.
Michael Kime, Thomas Holloway and Jarrett Markey will serve as team captains for the season, head coach Rich Ellerson announced to the squad before breaking camp.
Mackey, a linebacker from Snellville, Ga., was named the team's "legacy captain" by the 2011 seniors. He will continue in that role and also add special teams captain responsibilities.
Holloway, a linebacker and defensive back from Birmingham, Ala., was chosen as the defensive captain.
Kime, a versatile offensive lineman from Zionsville, Ind., will serve as the offensive captain.
The team captains were chosen in a vote by the players.
Army welcomes back six of its top eight rushers from last season's squad, which led the nation with 369.8 yards per game.
Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon, Hayden Tippett, Trenton Turrentine, Terry Baggett, A.J. Schurr and Stephen Fraser helped Army establish Academy records for yards per game, total rushing yards (4,438), total offensive yards (5,235) and first downs (283) during the 2012 season.
Geoffery Bacon, who led the Black Knights with 136 tackles last season, moved from mike linebacker to free safety in spring practice. Bacon started all 12 games in 2012. In his first game at free safety, Bacon made a career-high 16 tackles against Morgan State.
RUSHING TO THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Raymond Maples is one of just three players to run for 1,000 yards in two straight seasons and will attempt to become the second to do it for three straight seasons. Mike Mayweather and Carlton Jones each rushed for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, but only Mayweather did it three times.
Raymond Maples and Larry Dixon, who combined for 2,182 yards last season with 1,773 rushing yards and 459 receiving yards last season, are among the most dynamic returnees this season.
Maples and Dixon together boast the sixth-most yards of those expected back for the 2013 season. Kent State's Dri Archer and Trayion Durham (3,487 yards), Tulsa's Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas (2,394), Syracuse's Jermome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley (2,366), Georgia's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (2,352) and Kansas' James Sims and Tony Person (2,232) are the only pairs ahead of Maples and Dixon.
Last season, Army rushed for a school-record 4,438 yards, just the second time in school history the Black Knights have topped the 4,000-yard mark. The 2011 squad rushed for 4,158 yards.
The Black Knights will wear only one uniform patch this year, the patch of the U.S. Army.
In past years, the uniforms have featured a different patch each week. Instead, the team will carry out a flag of a unique unit each week.
The Army jersey patch will remain for the season and helmet stickers to reflect the flag will be utilized.