West Point, NY - Flying high on giving Oklahoma hell, Army welcomed Eastern Michigan into Miche Stadium looking to dominate. In the end, it turned into a shootout. Both teams took their opening drives to the house to knot the score at 7-7. The two long drives exhausted the opening stanza.
In the second, Army took the ball down to score...wait a minute, they were called for holding as they punched the ball in on 3rd and goal and had to settle for a field goal, to go up 10-7. Army then jumped on the Eagles as the Black Knights took advantage of a tipped pass and Stephen Anderson picked the ball out of the air and trotted down the field 80 yards for the score to go up 17-7. Before the half, Eastern Michigan marched down the field to score to go in the half down 17-14. Freshman defensive end Blake Brown abused the Eagle quarterback, ending the half with 3 sacks.
In the second half it there was no defense. The Eastern Michigan offense began having their way with the Black Knight defense. Army did manage to put a touchdown on the board, but the 3rd quarter ended all knotted up at 24. Army starting quarterback Chip Bowden was knocked of the game near the end of the fourth. Eastern Michigan running back Priest took over the game, running for two LONG touchdowns, one in each the third and fourth quarter. Army was able to keep up on offense in the fourth quarter despite a touchdown by Priest and a kickoff return.
As the clock wound down, the Army team got a stern talking to from Coach Shaun Mason, reporters over heard something about only giving up twenty one to Oklahoma and this running back making them look like a JV defense.
Army came out ready to play in overtime, holding Eastern Michigan to a three and out, with Eastern Michigan kicking a field goal. Once the offense went onto the field, backup quarterback Chase Johnson took the team on his back and got down to inside the five where freshman running back Tyler Brigham ran around the end to score and deliver the win.
Coach Mason was so irritated at his defense that he declined all post game interviews.