Ball State Holds Off Army, 30-22

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

Oct. 27, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Ball State's Keith Wenning threw for two touchdowns and Steven Schott kicked three field goals as the Cardinals held off Army, 30-22, Saturday at an overcast Michie Stadium.

Army fell behind 14-0 and 27-13 but rallied both times to keep it close. Ball State answered each time with another score and improved to 6-3.

Wenning completed 18-of-27 passes for 189 yards and Jahwan Edwards rushed 30 times for 148 yards to pace the Cardinals.

Army senior quarterback Trent Steelman rushed 17 times for 101 yards and completed 3-of-5 passes for 38 yards. Junior fullback Hayden Tippett carried 20 times for a career-best 100 yards and a touchdown.

Junior legacy captain Jarrett Mackey led the Black Knights defense with 13 tackles while sophomore linebacker Geoffrey Bacon made 11 stops and freshman linebacker Alex Meier 10.

Ball State won the toss and elected to receive. A nine-play drive covered 75 yards and the Cardinals led 7-0 following a six-yard scoring toss from Wenning to Jamill Smith.

Army punted on its first possession and Ball State increased its lead to 14-0 with a two-yard scoring run by Edwards to cap a 12-play drive.

The Black Knights got on the scoreboard on their next possession. Tippett rushed three-straight times for 33 yards, sophomore running back Trenton Turrentine picked up three and Steelman 12 to keep the chains moving. Tippett's seven-yard scoring jaunt concluded the nine-play, 76-yard scoring drive late in the first quarter.

Schott's first field goal, from 49 yards away, opened the scoring in the second quarter and gave Ball State a 17-7 lead.

Army inched back within a touchdown later in the quarter with a 12-play, 72-yard drive. Junior running back Raymond Maples picked up 23 yards on the first play and Steelman scampered for 14 yards later in the drive. Rookie Dan Grochowski then kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 contest at halftime.

The Black Knights received the second-half kickoff and Grochowski punched in his second field goal of the game to get Army within four, 17-13. Turrentine rushed for 33 yards on the first two plays of the drive, and Maples later gained five to set up Grochowski's 45-yard field goal.

Ball State answered with a 16-play drive, milking 6:45 off of the clock on the way to a 20-13 lead on a 29-yard field goal from Schott.

Army punted on its next possession and Ball State took advantage with an eight-play drive culminating in a 13-yard scoring pass from Wenning to KeVonn Mabon.

The Black Knights, though, put together a 73-yard drive in under four minutes to close to within a touchdown. Steelman gained 35 yards on a third-down play and Brown went up the home sidelines for a 15-yard touchdown to cut Ball State's lead to 27-20.

After the two teams exchanged punts, Ball State put the game away with a three-minute, 11-play drive and a double-digit lead. Scott kicked his third field goal, from 37 yards out, and a 30-20 Ball State advantage with less than five minutes remaining.

Army missed a 43-yard field goal and Ball State took a safety, rather than punt, to provide the final 30-22 margin.

Army will return to Michie Stadium and host service academy rival Air Force at noon on Nov. 3.

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