YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -Rich Ellerson has Army playing option football again and the initial results were promising.
ran for two touchdowns and Army beat Eastern Michigan 27-14 on Saturday night as the new
' coach became the first to win his debut with the academy in 18 years.
rushed for 308 yards as
, who rushed for 109 yards on five carries, and
also had touchdowns runs.
''No doubt, we're a triple option team and that's where it starts for us,'' Ellerson said.
' coach to win in his first contest on their sidelines was Bob Sutton in 1991.
The Eagles were also debuting a new coach in Ron English, who was the defensive coordinator at Louisville last season after
spending the previous five years at Michigan.
''The thing about (defending) the triple option,'' English said, ''If you stay out there long enough, they're going to figure
out what you're doing.''
's 20-yard TD pass to
for EMU cut the lead to 13-7 with 13:58 left in the fourth quarter.
But Army came right back with an seven-play, 79-yard drive that culminated in Ehie's 10-yard touchdown run with 10:22 left
in the fourth quarter. Ehie carried the last four plays for 42 yards.
ran it in for the 2-point conversion to make it 21-7.
' next possession, Mealy's 74-yard run set up Ehie's 5-yard TD run with 6:53 remaining. The extra point was no good.
''This is the ultimate team game,'' Mealy said. ''This was my week and next week it could be one of the other slot's week.''
Ehie had 75 yards on 12 carries.
Ellerson said his team had not played well early in the second half, but was happy about the way the
' responded to the Eagles' touchdown.
''I'm most pleased by the way we righted ourselves at the end,'' he said.
ran a yard for a score with 3:31 left.
The Army defensive line pressured Schmitt all game long, tackling him behind the line of scrimmage seven times for 53 yards
and Josh McNary each had 2 1/2 sacks. The
limited the Eagles to 40 yards rushing on 29 carries.
''One of the things we do as a football team is play well on the defensive line,'' Ellerson said.
Army led 13-0 at halftime.
opened the scoring with 6:12 left in the first quarter on Mealy's 6-yard run around right end. Kicker
missed the extra point.
Army capitalized on a botched exchange between EMU center
and Schmitt inside the Eagles' 10 as
recovered on the 7 for the
After a false start penalty and a run for no gain, Carter took a pitch from quarterback
and scampered into the end zone untouched for a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:56 left in the half. Campbell hit the extra point
for the 13-0 lead.