WEST POINT, N.Y. Senior fullback Collin Mooney rushed for a career-best 229 yards and sophomore quarterback Chip Bowden scored his first career touchdown as Army beat Eastern Michigan, 17-13, Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
Mooney carried 29 times, including runs of 67 and 54 yards, as Army snapped a five-game losing streak at Michie Stadium in front of a crowd of more than 27,000 on Homecoming.
Bowden rushed 12 times for 32 yards, including a nine-yard run in the fourth quarter that put the Black Knights ahead to stay. Senior Wesley McMahand carried three times for 36 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
Junior defensive end Victor Ugenyi blocked a field goal for the second consecutive week and the Army defense kept Eastern Michigan out of the end zone in the second half as Army improved to 2-4.
Mooney, coming off a 187-yard performance a week ago, followed that up by rushing for the fourth-highest total in Academy history.
The Army defense limited Eastern Michigan to just three first downs in the second half and protected the four-point lead three times in the final quarter.
Senior linebacker Frank Scappaticci led the way for the Black Knights defense with a pass breakup and nine tackles. Lowell Garthwaite posted seven tackles and broke up a pass while Stephen Anderson recorded a sack and was credited with three pass breakups.
Dwayne Priest rushed for 118 yards for Eastern Michigan while Andy Schmitt connected on 12 of 29 passes for 138 yards.
Army won the toss and elected to receive. On the first play from scrimmage, McMahand scampered 28 yards. A pair of penalties preceded McMahand’s 13-yard touchdown run. Matthew Campbell kicked the PAT for a 7-0 Army lead with 13:47 left in the first quarter.
Eastern Michigan, coming off an upset of Bowling Green, scored all of its points in the second quarter. Joe Carithers kicked a 43-yard field goal early in the stanza and then Terrence Blevins rushed for five-yard touchdown and a 10-7 Eagles lead.
Following an Army fumble, Carithers converted his second field goal of the half, a 38-yard attempt, for a 13-7 Eastern Michigan lead at halftime.
Army trimmed the deficit on its first possession of the second half. Mooney rushed for four yards on first down and then burst up the home sidelines for a 54-yard gain. He carried three more times for three yards before Matthew Campbell kicked an 18-yard field goal to close the gap to 13-10.
Eastern Michigan, looking to add to its lead, attempted a 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter but Ugenyi got his hand on the kick and Army took over at the 20-yard line. Eighty yards and 14 plays later, Army was back on top.
Mooney carried for 22 yards on the first two plays and then rushed five consecutive times for 22 yards following an incomplete pass. An offsides call on the defense was followed by back-to-back four-yard runs by Mooney. Bryson Carol carried for five yards and a first down, Ian Smith gained five yards, then Mooney picked up four more to put the ball inside the 10. Bowden then bulled his way in from the nine. Following Campbell’s PAT, Army led 17-13 with 13:42 left in the contest.
Eastern Michigan went three-and-out on its next possession but Army turned the ball over on downs.
Richard King and Ted Bentler teamed for a sack on Eastern Michigan’s next possession and the teams exchanged punts.
The Eagles got the ball back with 3:22 left in the contest. Following two complete passes for 19 yards, Schmitt threw incomplete on three straight passes. Scappaticci and Anderson each broke up a pass and forced the change of possession.
Army turned the ball over on downs on its next possession but again the defense kept the advantage. Anderson broke up another pass and Schmitt threw incomplete on fourth down, allowing Army to run out the clock.
The Black Knights will travel to Buffalo for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.