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Army holds off Eastern Michigan 28-27

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Army coach Jeff Monken made a beeline across the Michie Stadium turf for the Corps of Cadets, picked up a green folding chair and slammed it on the ground, a big smile creasing his face.

That the chair was green and Eastern Michigan's school colors are green and white made for a poignant moment after Army's 28-27 victory over the Eagles on Saturday.

A week after winning for the first time on the road, Army (5-2) kept its record perfect at home after four games.

''Every win is important. Every time you have a chance to get a victory it means something,'' Monken said. ''To be able to overcome adversity, that to me is really important. We were able to find a way to make a play.''

The play was by junior safety James Gibson. He atoned for a mistake moments earlier by making a game-saving tackle at the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute. Quarterback Brogan Roback had moved the Eagles within a point with a pretty 8-yard fade to Sergio Bailey in the left corner of the end zone.

Then came the fateful decision.

''We needed to score, and we decided that ... we would go for two,'' EMU coach Chris Creighton said.

After two timeouts, Roback's two-point conversion pass into the end zone was batted away by Army's Mike Reynolds and the Black Knights jumped on one another in celebration. But Creighton had called his final timeout before the snap, giving the Eagles another chance.

''We were out there celebrating and all of a sudden the bubble is burst,'' Monken said. ''Our guys just regrouped.''

Gibson then foiled the two-point conversion on Roback's pitch left to Ian Eriksen. Gibson dove low as Eriksen approached the goal line and sent him somersaulting up and forward, but his shoulders landed inches short.

''At that point it was just me and him. I didn't know what happened,'' Gibson said. ''I knew I would have a chance to make the tackle and I got it.''

The gamble was understandable. Eastern Michigan (2-4) has lost four straight, and all have been one-possession games.

''There's nobody excited about anything in our locker room right now,'' Creighton said. ''We've played six games, and five of them have essentially come down to the last play. We've won one, but we've been on the short end of the stick on the other ones. Our guys believe that we're going to win, so these sting pretty good.''

Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 171 yards and one touchdown and Darnell Woolfolk broke a fourth-quarter tie with a 13-yard run as Army's triple option kept the ball for more than 37 minutes and racked up 413 yards rushing, depriving Roback of more chances.

Roback finished 19 of 27 for 229 yards and four touchdowns, while Bailey had eight catches for 99 yards and Eriksen finished with 107 yards rushing.

''They just bleed you for three or four yards, then get some chunk plays and go for it on fourth down,'' Creighton said. ''They're a well-oiled machine.''

That was never more apparent than on the winning drive. Bradshaw guided the Black Knights 83 yards on 16 plays, converting a fourth-and-1 at midfield on a drive that took 8:59 off the clock in the fourth quarter. Bradshaw's 13-yard run set up Woolfolk's touchdown run with 5:06 left.

''Just grit and guys playing together,'' Bradshaw said. ''It was a great effort.''

On the Eagles' last drive, Roback backpedaled against the Army rush and somehow completed a 17-yard pass to Jaron Johnson along the right side on a fourth-and-3 play. A pass interference call against Gibson gave the Eagles a first down at the Army 23 and four plays later Roback pulled the Eagles within a point with the pass to Bailey.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles have to find a way to win the close ones. Five of their six games have been one-possession contests, and they've won just one (16-13 at Rutgers).

Army: The Black Knights rank last nationally in passing, but Monken said afterward that the ineffective passing game doesn't matter as long as the Black Knights can run the ball. Three quarterbacks went 0 for 5 against the Eagles, the third game this season that Army did not complete a pass.

ALMOST

The Eagles had a touchdown pass nullified by a holding penalty in the third quarter and had to punt. Bradshaw, who posted his ninth 100-yard game and fourth this season, then broke a 69-yard run and Connor Slomka completed the drive with a 2-yard scoring run to put Army up 21-14.

UP NEXT:

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles host Western Michigan next Saturday on Homecoming.

Army: The Black Knights host Temple on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:49
25-I.Eriksen to ARM 1 for 1 yard.
plays
yds
pos
27
28
Touchdown 0:49
4-B.Roback complete to 2-S.Bailey. 2-S.Bailey runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
90
yds
04:17
pos
27
28
Point After TD 5:06
18-B.Wilson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 5:06
33-D.Woolfolk runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
83
yds
08:59
pos
21
27
Point After TD 14:11
18-P.Fricano extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 14:11
4-B.Roback complete to 87-M.Sexton. 87-M.Sexton runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
83
yds
04:19
pos
20
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:03
18-B.Wilson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 5:03
25-C.Slomka runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
94
yds
03:51
pos
14
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:17
18-B.Wilson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 8:17
5-K.Walker runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
75
yds
06:12
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:29
18-P.Fricano extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 14:29
4-B.Roback complete to 21-A.Porter. 21-A.Porter runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
97
yds
01:46
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:37
18-B.Wilson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:37
17-A.Bradshaw runs 9 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on EMC 8-L.Maclean Offside declined.
16
plays
98
yds
08:49
pos
7
6
Point After TD 11:38
18-P.Fricano extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:38
4-B.Roback complete to 2-S.Bailey. 2-S.Bailey runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
03:22
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 21
Rushing 7 21
Passing 13 0
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 3-7 9-13
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-3
Total Net Yards 364 413
Total Plays 53 66
Avg Gain 6.9 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 135 413
Rush Attempts 26 61
Avg Rush Yards 5.2 6.8
Net Yards Passing 229 0
Comp. - Att. 19-27 0-5
Yards Per Pass 8.5 0.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-34 4-32
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 0 4
Passing TDs 4 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 2-34.5 1-39.0
Return Yards 46 49
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-46 4-42
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-7
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
E. Michigan 2-4 7701327
Army 5-2 777728
229 PASS YDS 0
135 RUSH YDS 413
364 TOTAL YDS 413
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Roback 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.4% 229 4 1 183.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 1509 9 7 125.3
B. Roback 19/27 229 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
I. Eriksen 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 107 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 249 4
I. Eriksen 20 107 0 23
B. Turner 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 79 0
B. Turner 5 27 0 14
B. Roback 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 -34 0
B. Roback 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Bailey II 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 99 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 518 4
S. Bailey II 8 99 2 23
A. Porter 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 45 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 303 3
A. Porter 1 45 1 45
M. Sexton 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 43 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 201 1
M. Sexton 4 43 1 14
J. Johnson 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 126 0
J. Johnson 4 40 0 17
E. Daugherty 40 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 16 0
E. Daugherty 1 2 0 2
B. Turner 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 10 0
B. Turner 1 0 0 0
I. Eriksen 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 70 0
I. Eriksen 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Crosby 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Crosby 2-0 0.0 0
L. Maclean 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Maclean 1-0 0.0 0
D. Williams 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
J. Harris 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
J. Beck 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
J. Beck 0-1 0.0 0
K. Figueroa 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Figueroa 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. Fricano 18 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
7/9 11/13
P. Fricano 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
I. Oraha 53 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 34.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 34.6 2
I. Oraha 2 34.5 2 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sexton 87 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.3 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 17.0 21 0
M. Sexton 3 15.3 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Bradshaw 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
23.3% 116 1 2 53.5
A. Bradshaw 0/3 0 0 0
K. Hopkins Jr. 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
K. Hopkins Jr. 0/1 0 0 0
Z. Potter 17 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
Z. Potter 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Bradshaw 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 171 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 818 7
A. Bradshaw 19 171 1 69
K. Walker 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 115 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 435 4
K. Walker 14 115 1 26
D. Woolfolk 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 51 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 311 5
D. Woolfolk 9 51 1 13
A. Davidson 40 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 365 2
A. Davidson 7 37 0 10
C. Slomka 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 168 4
C. Slomka 8 34 1 12
J. Trainor 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 31 1
J. Trainor 2 3 0 2
C. Holt 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 199 1
C. Holt 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Harrison 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Harrison 0 0 0 0
J. Ejekam 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 24 0
J. Ejekam 0 0 0 0
J. Adams 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
J. Adams 0 0 0 0
J. Trainor 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Trainor 0 0 0 0
J. Thomas Jr. 9 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Thomas Jr. 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Christiansen 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Christiansen 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Wilson 18 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/4 26/26
B. Wilson 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Schrage 38 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 39.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 43.5 0
N. Schrage 1 39.0 0 39
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Walker 5 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 21.5 18 0
K. Walker 3 14.0 18 0
J. Voit 59 DL
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. Voit 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 EMICH 25 3:22 8 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:26 EMICH 8 1:46 8 92 TD
8:09 EMICH 28 2:35 6 30 Punt
2:40 EMICH 33 1:05 3 15 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:09 EMICH 43 2:04 6 15 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:53 EMICH 22 4:19 14 78 TD
5:06 EMICH 25 4:17 12 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:26 ARMY 7 8:49 16 93 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:29 ARMY 25 6:12 11 75 TD
5:27 ARMY 9 2:38 4 19 Punt
1:26 ARMY 48 1:21 7 19 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 ARMY 26 3:38 7 31 Downs
8:54 ARMY 6 3:51 7 94 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 ARMY 17 8:59 16 83 TD
0:07 EMICH 47 0:00 1 -1
0:08 EMICH 41 0:01 2 -1 Game