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Three Keys Revisited – Army at EMU

Army finally got their first win of the season on Saturday night when they beat Eastern Michigan 58-36 in Ypsilanti. Army was just six points ahead of EMU to open the fourth quarter, but three touchdowns (one with a two point conversion) in the period saw the Black Knights blow the game wide open.

It was a much needed win for a Black Knights team which has been improving all year and now will look to kick on and improve as the season continues.

With that being said here is a look back to the three keys to Army’s win over the Eagles:

1) Stop the fast start – Pass

Eastern Michigan had jumped out to double digit leads in each of their first three games, but the Black Knights halted that streak and never allowed the Eagles to take so much as a one point lead. After an EMU three and out, Army scored three plays later with a 63-yard rushing touchdown from Joe Walker. A two point conversion later and the Black Knights were up 8-0 less than five minutes into the game. Every time the Eagles punched, Army had an answer in the Black Knights more complete performance so far this year.

2) Ahmad Bradshaw must keep up his pace - Incomplete

This is impossible to judge seeing as quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw went down with an undisclosed injury during the game. The good news was that the fullbacks put the game on their broad shoulders and for the first time this year the option was working in the traditional sense. A.J. Schurr came in and scored on a pair of keepers in relief of Bradshaw, but it was the work of Aaron Kemper (13 carries for 147 yards) and Matt Giachinta (13 carries for 88 yards) which really allowed Schurr to control the game in the way he did. This showed in the fourth quarter as the Army option mauled the tired Eastern Michigan defense.

3) Keep Darius Jackson out of the end zone - Fail

Darius Jackson continued his 2015 tear by somehow improving on his 6.2 yards per carry which he entered the game with against Army. Jackson rushed 16 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, which is an average of almost 9-yards per carry. Thankfully the Army offense was able to keep scoring points and keep Jackson off of the field for spells, because the senior running back certainly had the beating of the Army defense on the day.

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