NCAAF Game Recap - Army at Eastern Michigan
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
59
FlaSt
10
F
ND
44
Navy
22
F
Tex
35
OkSt
38
F
Fla
17
UGA
36
F
K St
14
Okla
51
F
KY
15
Mizzu
14
F
Bayl
14
WVU
58
F
WaSt
41
Stan
38
F
Wash
10
Cal
12
F
TxAM
13
MisSt
28
F
Iowa
24
PSU
30
F
Oreg
15
Ariz
44
F
Wisc
17
NW
31
F
SoFL
36
Hou
57
F
NCSt
41
Syr
51
F
Utah
41
UCLA
10
F
App
14
GaSo
34
F
Troy
38
SoAl
17
F
Toled
51
WestMI
24
F
Ball
14
Ohio
52
F
GATec
49
VaTec
28
F
LaTec
21
FlAtl
13
F
MiaFL
14
BC
27
F
Ind
31
Minn
38
F
Wyo
34
ColSt
21
F
B-C
9
Neb
45
F
TxTch
31
IASt
40
F
Vand
45
Ark
31
F
Purd
13
MSU
23
F
Wake
56
Lou
35
F
Army
37
E Mi
22
F
UMass
22
UConn
17
F
C Mi
10
Akr
17
F
UNC
21
UVA
31
F
CoCar
37
GASt
34
F
SMiss
17
Char
20
F
OreSt
41
Colo
34
F OT
TCU
26
Kans
27
F
AzSt
38
USC
35
F
NIU
7
BYU
6
F
Cin
26
SMU
20
F OT
Duke
45
Pitt
54
F
MidTN
51
OD
17
F
Ill
33
MD
63
F
NM
19
UtSt
61
F
Rice
17
NorTx
41
F
UNLV
37
SJSU
50
F
Boise
48
AF
38
F
ArkSt
43
ULLaf
47
F
Tul
24
Tuls
17
F
NMSt
20
TxSt
27
F
UAB
19
UTEP
0
F
FLInt
38
W Ky
17
F
Tenn
24
SCar
27
F
SDSU
24
Nev
28
F
Hawaii
20
Fres
50
F

Oct 27, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Army (6-2)

3

13

7

14

37

Eastern Michigan (4-5)

0

0

14

8

22

Army bowl eligible again, tops E Michigan 37-22
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:13 PM

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) After battling through a 2-10 season as a freshman, Jordan Asberry knows the depth of where the Army football program was when coach Jeff Monken took over in 2014.

Now bowl eligible after Saturday's rainy 37-22 win at Eastern Michigan, the senior running back should close his career in the postseason for a third straight year.

"Coach Monken and the staff have turned this program around," said Asberry, who caught a touchdown and ran for another. "We worked real hard, but we didn't really see the fruit of our labor (in 2015).

"That sets the stage for finishing this year strong, but also the next season for the guys that are going to be playing next year."

The streak of three bowl-eligible seasons is the longest in program history for Army, who controlled the clock against Eastern Michigan by outgaining the Eagles 289-34 on the ground, earning its fourth straight win.

Army (6-2), which led the nation averaging 39 minutes of possession per game, had the ball for 45 minutes, 42 seconds on Saturday.

Eastern Michigan (4-5) did not have a first down in the first half of its homecoming game, going three-and-out on its first four possessions and running one play on its fifth before halftime.

"That's definitely our game plan, that's definitely what we do," said quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., who missed last week's double-overtime win against Miami (Ohio) with a hip injury. "But we couldn't finish drives early, which kind of hurt us."

Army took a 16-0 lead at halftime on three field goals by John Abercrombie and Asberry's first score, a 3-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the half.

Eastern Michigan closed the deficit to 16-14 on touchdown passes from Tyler Wiegers to Mathew Sexton and Blake Banham in the third quarter. Wiegers finished 19-of-29 passing for 201 yards.

Asberry's 26-yard touchdown reception from Hopkins, and a Kell Walker 2-yard touchdown catch put Army up 30-14.

After Army took a 23-14 lead on Asberry's second touchdown, the Black Knights got the only turnover of the game, as Chandler Ramirez recovered a Wiegers fumble that was forced by James Nachtigal.

Hopkins was 7-of-8 passing for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 23 times for 105 yards.

Banham added a 1-yard touchdown for Eastern Michigan, which was outgained 415-235 in total offense.

Army's Darnell Woolfolk had a 9-yard touchdown run in the game's final minute. He had 89 yards on 24 carries.

Army had 27 first downs compared with 10 for Eastern Michigan.

"We made it a football game, but in the end, just didn't have enough," Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said. "Offensively we couldn't get a first down."

MAC CHAMPS?

The win gives Army a 3-0 record against Mid-American Conference teams this season. The Black Knights have won five straight games against MAC teams.

STILL PERFECT

Abercrombie, a senior from Phoenix, is perfect during his career, going 5 for 5 on his field goals and 26 for 26 on extra points.

FOURTH-DOWN FUN

Army was 4 for 4 on fourth down and are now 26 of 29 (89.7 percent) on the season.

HARD HOMECOMING

Eastern Michigan has not won on homecoming since 2014.

QUOTEABLE

"In that locker room in there is a bunch of soldiers," Monken said. "Soldiers don't care what the weather is, they don't care what the conditions are, they are trained to fight. And I think that's what our guys do. No matter what, they show up and they fight. They're soldiers. I think it's just one of those things that, maybe other people assume that when it's wet and rainy that somehow our attitude is going to change, our effort is going to change. But that's not going to change for the American soldier."

THE TAKEAWAY

Army: Army is playing typical Black Knights football headed into Air Force week. The Dec. 8 game against Navy also looms.

Eastern Michigan: Creighton should have his team's attention as three winnable Mid-American Conference games remain. Two wins would make the Eagles eligible for a bowl game. The Eagles have played in two bowls since joining Division I in 1976.

UP NEXT

Army: Hosts Air Force next Saturday in the first of a three-game home stand. Army has a 10-game home win streak and will defend the Commander In Chief's trophy.

Eastern Michigan: Hosts Central Michigan next Saturday in the second of a three-game home stand. Central Michigan has won seven of the last nine rivalry matchups.

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Passing

Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 8 7 87.5 2 126 39 0 158.3
E Mi Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Wiegers 29 19 65.5 2 201 58 0 108.5

Rushing

Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Slomka 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Hopkins Jr. 23 100 4.3 13 0
E Mi Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Wiegers 5 26 5.2 17 0
S. Vann 3 7 2.3 4 0

Receiving

Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Asberry 2 57 28.5 31 1
C. Hayes 2 45 22.5 39 0
E Mi Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Banham 7 104 14.9 58 1
L. Latu 4 52 13.0 25 0

Fumbles

E Mi F FL
T. Wiegers 1 1

Returning

Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Walker 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
E. Riley 0 - 0 0 1 8.0 0 8

Punting

Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
N. Schrage 1 26 26.0 26
E Mi Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Julien 4 201 50.3 71

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Army E Mi
Points For 37 22
Total Yards 415 235
Rushing Yards 289 34
Passing Yards 126 201
Passing Completions / Attempts 7/8 19/29
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 27 10
Penalties - Yards 3/25 8/75
Time Of Possession 42:42 18:18
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/19 1/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 4/4 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 2/20 4/50

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Army E Mi
Army 12:04 FG John Abercrombie 24 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter Army E Mi
Army 6:23 FG John Abercrombie 23 yd FG 6 0
Army 12:35 FG John Abercrombie 27 yd FG 9 0
Army 14:42 TD Jordan Asberry 3 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 16 0
3rd Quarter Army E Mi
E Mi 3:40 TD Mathew Sexton 4 yd pass from Tyler Wiegers (Tyler Wiegers 2pt pass from Isaac Holder) 16 8
E Mi 6:00 TD Blake Banham 58 yd pass from Tyler Wiegers (failed 2pt pass) 16 14
Army 11:20 TD Jordan Asberry 26 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (John Abercrombie kick) 23 14
4th Quarter Army E Mi
Army 3:34 TD Kell Walker 2 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (John Abercrombie kick) 30 14
E Mi 7:57 TD Blake Banham 1 yd run (Blake Banham 2pt pass from Tyler Wiegers) 30 22
Army 14:15 TD Darnell Woolfolk 9 yd run (John Abercrombie kick) 37 22

Game Information

Stadium: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Attendance: 22,627
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