Army Running Game Too Strong For Leopards
WEST POINT, N.Y. --Army's triple-option offense was too much for the Leopards in Lafayette's first meeting with an FBS opponent since 1997. The Black Knights rushed for 537 yards in a 62-7 final on Saturday at Michie Stadium.
Army scored on its first five possessions of the game, including two scores in the first half and three in the second quarter. On the Black Knights' fourth play from scrimmage, QB Ahmad Bradshaw broke off a 60-yard touchdown run down the home sideline for the 7-0 advantage.
When Army got the ball back after a Lafayette punt, Jordan Asberry ran it in from 20 yards out to cap an eight-play, 50-yard drive over four minutes.
Chris Carter (19-yard run) and Jeff Ejekam (7-yard pass from Bradshaw) added second-quarter scores for the hosts who led 28-0 with nine minutes left in the half. Three minutes later, Carter did it through the air, throwing for a 59-yard pass to Asberry for the 35-0 lead.
Drew Reed's five-yard run got the Leopards on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half. The offense advanced the ball with the pass. Reed hit Dylan Wadsworth for 26 yards and then two more completions to Nick Franzese for 13 and 29 yards, taking the Leopards to the Army five-yard line. Two plays later Reed ran the bootleg into the end zone for his first rushing touchdown of the season. Reed ended the day 21-of-36 for 205 yards with two interceptions.
The Leopards had another solid scoring chance late in the first half. Army had the ball 4th-and-44 at its own 30-yard line and went for the fake punt. The Lafayette defense (and perhaps karma) intervened when Dmitry Smith jarred the ball loose from Nick Schrage before Franzese returned it to the Army 11-yard line.
The Maroon and White offense took over and began with an eight-yard completion to Matt Mrazek that was wiped away by an offensive pass interference penalty. The scoring chance stalled when Reed was intercepted by Marcus Hyatt in the end zone for the 35-7 halftime score.
Mrazek finished the day with nine catches for 85 yards and leading the team on the season with 51 grabs for 539 yards and eight scores. The Illinois native has 121 career grabs and surpassed Jeremy Burkes '04 (120) for ninth spot on Lafayette's career receptions list.
The Army offense continued to roll in the second half, as it scored on four straight possessions to push the final to 62-7. Fifteen different Army players carried the ball led by Cole Macek who had 11 yards and a TD. Bradshaw added 109 rushing yards with a score.
Lafayette will have Patriot League play the rest of the way, next travelling to Bucknell for a 1 p.m. kick on Oct. 22.