Scores

Final

Army 38

(1-6)

E Michigan 48

(1-6, 0-3 MAC)

1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2012

Rynearson Stadium, YPSILANTI, MI

1 2 3 4 T
ARMY 10 7 7 1438
EMU 14 14 3 1748

Top Performers

Passing: T. Benz (EMU) - 369 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Steelman (ARMY) - 16 CAR, 212 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Hoskins (EMU) - 7 REC, 158 YDS, 1 TD

E. Michigan 48, Army 38

Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Army brought the nation's best rushing game to Eastern Michigan on Saturday but Tyler Benz and the Eagles topped it with variety.

Benz, in just his fourth start, threw a career-high five touchdown passes and Eastern Michigan won its first game of the season, beating the Black Knights 48-38.

The redshirt sophomore had four scoring passes this season before Saturday and matched that total before intermission. He finished with a career-high 369 yards on 19-for-31 passing.

"Coming in we knew we would get to throw the ball a decent amount," said Benz, who found several open receivers against a defense seemingly intent on stopping the Eagles' ground game.

"If we got good opportunities we felt our receivers and tight ends could outrun them."

Hill, a week removed from a 283-yard effort against Toledo, rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries as the Eagles rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense.

Eastern Michigan (1-6) got its first touchdown on the game's third play when Benz found a wide-open Javonti Greene for a 39-yard strike. Army muffed a punt snap on the ensuing drive and Benz threw his second touchdown to Garrett Hoskins five plays later.

Benz added scoring passes to Hill and Christian Menet in the second quarter to give Eastern Michigan a 28-17 halftime lead. He connected with Ryan Brumfield early in the fourth quarter. Hill put the game out of reach when he scored the Eagles' lone rushing touchdown three minutes into the final period.

Hoskins, one of seven Eastern Michigan players to catch a pass, had seven receptions for a career-high 158 yards.

"It always feels good to get the ball," the tight end said. "Against that defense they run, we were able to get a lot of guys in one-on-one coverage."

Dylan Mulder added a pair of field goals to help the Eagles stop an eight-game skid. Their last win was Nov. 12 against Buffalo.

Poor tackling on both sides aided long plays but it most hurt Army, which never got closer than four points after surrendering the two early touchdowns.

"At every turn we're finding something to frustrate us," coach Rich Ellerson said. "If it was just the offense, defense or special teams, I could understand, but it's all those things."

Army (1-6) got a pair of long touchdown runs from quarterback Trent Steelman, including a 75-yard dash late in the third quarter.

His career-high 212-yard day on 16 carries made him the first Black Knights player to rush for 200 yards since 2008 and the first quarterback to do so since Tory Crawford in 1986.

Malcolm Brown and Trenton Turrentine added touchdown runs and Anthony Stevens caught a scoring pass from A.J. Schurr in the closing minutes of the game. Army rushed for 412 yards, 27 more than its FBS-leading average.

The loss was the Black Knights' second straight and their first in five meetings with Eastern Michigan.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARMY
EMU
1st Downs1827
Total Yards478577
Passing65369
Rushing413208
Penalties6-487-58
3rd Down Conversions4-128-17
4th Down Conversions0-22-2
Turnovers21
Possession24:2435:36

Passing Leaders

ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schurr2/6467.710
Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Benz19/3136911.951

Rushing Leaders

ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steelman1621213.3275
Tippett9748.2025
Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill261857.1142
Benz5163.2011

Receiving Leaders

ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stephens24623.0135
Lawrence11919.0019
Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoskins715822.6144
Hill36722.3141

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARMYEMU
TD13:34Javonti Greene 39 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 07
TD09:30Garrett Hoskins 1 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 014
FG05:44Dan Grochowski 42 Yd 314
TD00:58Malcolm Brown 55 Yd Run (Dan Grochowski Kick) 1014
SECOND QUARTERARMYEMU
TD11:33Bronson Hill 41 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 1021
TD10:49Trent Steelman 73 Yd Run (Dan Grochowski Kick) 1721
TD00:13Christian Menet 1 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 1728
THIRD QUARTERARMYEMU
FG05:45Dylan Mulder 34 Yd 1731
TD05:34Trent Steelman 75 Yd Run (Dan Grochowski Kick) 2431
FOURTH QUARTERARMYEMU
TD14:21Ryan Brumfield 11 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 2438
TD11:59Bronson Hill 42 Yd Run (Dylan Mulder Kick) 2445
TD07:18Trenton Turrentine 9 Yd Run (Dan Grochowski Kick) 3145
FG04:26Dylan Mulder 23 Yd 3148
TD02:10Anthony Stephens 35 Yd Pass From A.J. Schurr (Dan Grochowski Kick) 3848