Army Falls To Arkansas State, 14-6, In Season Opener




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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)
 - Arkansas State's Reggie Arnold ran for 140 yards and a touchdown as the Indians defeated Army 14-6.

Arkansas State, from the Sun Belt Conference, traditionally opens on the road, but opened in Jonesboro for only the second time since 1988, and for the first time since 1995.

Army, playing it its earliest opener in the 117 years of Army football, opened on the road for only the seventh time; its first road opener was in 1965. It has lost each of those games.

Army (0-1) benefited early from good field position following an Arkansas State punt - taking a 3-0 lead on Austin Miller 's 26-yard field goal - but then the Indians dominated.

By halftime, Arkansas State (1-0) had 242 yards of offense to the Black Knights' 75, but the Indians fumbled twice after moving inside the Army 15. The Indians finished with 319 yards of offense to Army's 164.

Arnold scored on a 17-yard run with 3:52 left in the second quarter - one of only two Arkansas State possessions that didn't result in a turnover, missed field goal or untimely penalty.

The game grew difficult for Army in the second half. Chase McCoy slipped at the 18 as he fielded the third-quarter kickoff, three consecutive plays lost yardage and Owen Tolson punted only 16 yards to the Army 27.

Arnold carried 17 yards to the right to move the ball to the 10, and quarterback Travis Hewitt ran the final 10 yards for the Indians, hitting the goal line pylon with the ball to push the Indians' lead to 14-3 three minutes into the third quarter.

Hewitt was 7-of-11 passing for 75 yards.

The Black Knights gained only 30 yards on their next two drives and punted twice more in the third quarter. Miller added a 36-yard field goal with 6:41 left in the game after Arkansas State's Daylan Walker muffed a punt and Army's John Laird recovered at the 10. It marked Laird's second career fumble recovery. He first recovery came late in the first half when he plucked a loose ball out of the air.

Arkansas State's Koby McKinnon intercepted David Pevoto's pass at the Indians' 20 and returned it 51 yards to end an Army drive in the last two minutes.

Pevoto, making his first collegiate start, finished with a career-high 12 completions on 23 attempts and 95 yards passing. Running back Wesley McMahand rushed for a team-high 35 yards on 13 carries.

Cameron Craig recorded two sacks during the game to become Army's career leader in sacks with 12, surpassing Jim Slomka, Zac Hurst and Clarence Holmes for first place on Army's all-time list.

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