Scores

Final

Army 45

(6-4)

Kent State 28

(4-6, 3-3 MAC)

2:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Dix Stadium, Kent, OH

1 2 3 4 T
ARMY 14 14 7 1045
KENT 0 7 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: G. Morgan (KENT) - 122 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Cobbs (ARMY) - 9 CAR, 64 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Goode (KENT) - 7 REC, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Army 45, Kent St. 28

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Trent Steelman guided Army's run-oriented offense to perfection and helped the Black Knights become bowl eligible for the first time in 14 years.

Steelman and Brian Cobbs each had two of Army's six rushing touchdowns in a 45-28 win at Kent State on Saturday. The Black Knights (6-4) continued their best season since going 10-2 in 1996 -- they were 35-115 over the next 13 years.

"It's an awesome feeling," linebacker Stephen Anderson said. "It means a lot to the seniors in our last go-around to (perhaps) play one more game. That's incredible."

All three service academies have winning records now, and only twice since 1960 have all three finished above .500: in 1963, Army was 7-3, Air Force 7-4 and Navy 9-2, and in 1996 it was Army at 10-2, Navy at 9-3 and Air Force at 6-5.

This year, Navy is assured of the Poinsettia Bowl against a Mountain West team on Dec. 23, while Air Force likely is headed to the Independence Bowl. That could mean Army is headed for the Armed Forces Bowl if evertyhing falls into place.

Army will play Notre Dame next Saturday at Yankee Stadium, then finish with its traditional rivalry game with Navy on Dec. 11 in Philadelphia.

Army allowed 410 yards of offense, but forced four turnovers by the Golden Flashes (4-6), a big reason the Black Knights had little trouble on Saturday.

"That's 24 (turnovers) for the season," Kent State coach Doug Martin said. "Until our players grasp the idea of taking care of the football, we're not going to win."

The Black Knights place a priority on protection. Steelman has thrown only one interception among Army's 10 turnovers while watching the defense take the ball away 22 times.

"We take pride in forcing turnovers," said defensive tackle Mike Gann, whose fumble recovery late sealed Army's fourth double-digit victory of the season.

Army amassed 233 yards on the ground against Kent State, which came in leading the nation in rushing defense at 69.4 yards allowed a game, but yielded 233. Army averages 272 yards rushing.

"That was a good game by them against a team that runs the triple option like us," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "Frankly, we think we needed to be more productive."

Steelman scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards and went 9 of 10 passing for a season-high 149 yards. Cobbs scored from 2 and 3 yards. Jared Hasin and Raymond Maples also scored TDs and Alex Carlton kicked a 49-yard field goal for Army.

"That's what we do. We run," Steelman said. "We're not going to change a thing."

Martin, however, kept changing quarterbacks. He benched starter Spencer Keith after an interception led to an Army touchdown and 21-7 lead late in the second quarter.

"That throw was inexcusable," Martin said.

Kent State's highlight was a 72-yard TD pass from Giorgio Morgan to Tyshon Goode. Morgan completed five passes for 122 yards, but also threw two interceptions. Sal Battles was 1 of 4 passing and lost a fumble.

"All four turnovers from the quarterback position," Martin said. "That will get you beat every time."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARMY
KENT
1st Downs2019
Total Yards382410
Passing149225
Rushing233185
Penalties2-106-41
3rd Down Conversions9-175-9
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers04
Possession38:0221:58

Passing Leaders

ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steelman9/1014914.900
Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morgan5/912213.622

Rushing Leaders

ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hassin23753.3112
Cobbs9647.1245
Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis10717.1125
Morgan5489.6028

Receiving Leaders

ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brooks24723.5041
Jordan44611.5019
Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goode715522.1172
Kirkland23718.5030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARMYKENT
TD08:09Jared Hassin 12 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 70
TD02:03Trent Steelman 2 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERARMYKENT
TD12:46Eugene Jarvis 19 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 147
TD04:25Brian Cobbs 2 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 217
TD02:00Trent Steelman 3 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 287
THIRD QUARTERARMYKENT
TD11:43Jacquise Terry 2 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 2814
TD07:32Raymond Maples 5 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 3514
TD04:23Justin Thompson 2 Yd Pass From Giorgio Morgan (Freddy Cortez Kick) 3521
FOURTH QUARTERARMYKENT
TD13:07Brian Cobbs 3 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 4221
TD12:16Tyshon Goode 72 Yd Pass From Giorgio Morgan (Freddy Cortez Kick) 4228
FG06:29Alex Carlton 49 Yd 4528

Research Notes

With Army becoming bowl eligible today (and Navy and Air Force already bowl eligible), assuming they each participate in a bowl, it will be the FIRST time that each of the 3 service academies have played in a bowl in the SAME season.

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