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Army Black Knights vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles football recap: Eagles can't stop the run, lose 58-36

The Black Knights had over 400 rushing yards before the fourth quarter even started.

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One team can't stop the run. The other team only runs the ball. When you get the two on a football field, everything just becomes a huge mess. The Army Black Knights racked up 556 yards on the ground (654 total) to get their first win of the season over the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

It was just that bad for the Eagles defense, plain and simple. Army ran the ball, held onto the ball, sustained drives, made third and fourth down conversions, and ran the ball some more. With seven rushing scores, the Black Knights managed to run 80 offensive plays and had a time of possession of 41:11. The one thing about Army's triple option offense is that just about everybody gets involved, which is why five players were able to record scores on the ground and only backup quarterback A.J. Schurr and freshman Drue Harris scored two times each.

Not giving the ball to senior running back Darius Jackson in the second half of last week's loss to Ball State played a hand in the Eagles giving away a 17-point lead and into a loss. But with a scoring margin so wide, Jackson wasn't able to run the ball more than four times in the second half of this game. Minus one fumble in the first half, Jackson still performed as well as Eagle fans could have hoped. With two rushing touchdowns, Jackson had 16 total carries for 141 yards along with two catches for 14 yards.

The offense overall wasn't too bad for the Eagles. They were 3-for-10 on third down conversions, but Roback still 28-for-40 through the air for 291 yards with a 23-yard score to Kris Strange and a 45-yard touchdown throw to freshman Eddie Daugherty (120 receiving yards for his day).

Army's offense was led by running back Aaron Kemper, who had 13 handles for 149 yards, while Matt Giachinta also had 13 carries for 88 yards.