The Black Knights had every chance to open their season win account last time out against Wake Forest, but were unable to make the right plays at the right time to seal the victory. Losing on a last second field goal is obviously crushing, but Army must find a way to get over the defeat and come out strong on the road this weekend.
With that being said here are the three keys to Army’s clash with the Eagles:
1) Stop the fast start
Eastern Michigan is 1-2 on the season, but that is nothing to do with the way in which the Eagles have started games. EMU has been ahead by double digits in each of their three games so far before failing to close for a variety of reasons. This includes the game from last weekend where Eastern Michigan raced out to a 17-0 lead over Ball State, before losing their way offensively and allowing the Cardinals to score 28 straight points. Army has not exactly proven to be an offensive juggernaut in 2015, so allowing the Eagles their customary double digit lead at any point would be a disaster.
2) Ahmad Bradshaw must keep up his pace
Ahmad Bradshaw has brought an excellent level of explosion to the Army offense. He leads the team with 333 yards on 57 carries, good for an average of over 5-yards per tote. He is still not getting the support needed from the rest of the rushing attack, specifically the fullbacks, but the offense as a whole is definitely benefiting from having the sophomore under center. Bradshaw must continue to find gaps and break tackles for Army to score points. He is a dynamic athlete who does not get brought down by just one defender often and his continued success on the ground will push Army forwards.
3) Keep Darius Jackson out of the end zone
EMU senior running back Darius Jackson has been carrying a big load for the Eagles so far in 2015. He is running the ball at an average of 6.2 yards per carry and, despite sharing time with Shaq Vann, he has rumbled for five touchdowns in the opening three games. The Eagles like to run a balanced offense with both their rushing and passing attacks moving the ball equally. Their points though often come on the ground and if Army can bottle up Jackson and stop him near the goal line then they will be in good shape..