Army 50, EMU 25: how low can you go?
It looks like EMU fans will have the chance to find out this fall. Surely the Eagles reached a new low in their 50-25 loss to a not-very-good Army team today.
Yes, you read that right. Let’s put that score in perspective.
The 50 points were the most in a game for Army this fall. Their previous high 35 against Louisiana Tech. Their high before that was just 28, against Morgan State. That’s the Morgan State Bears, a 1-5 FCS team. In fact, the last time the Black Knights topped the half-century mark against an FBS team was 1999, when they edged out Louisville, 59-52, but 14 of their points came in overtime. The last time they scored 50+ points against an FBS team in regulation was more than 20 years ago.1
Against FBS opponents, the Eagles have now been outscored 216-76 so far this fall. That’s an average loss of 43-15.
That’s an offensive failure. It’s a defensive failure. It’s a failure all around.
How thoroughly did Army dominate EMU today?
EMU’s offense gained 417 yards on 61 plays, for an average of 6.8 yards per play. Not bad…if you ignore the two turnovers.
The Black Knights happened to also run 61 plays, gaining 140 yards more than the Eagles, for an average of more than nine yards per play. EMU was absolutely pwned by Army’s running game. Trenton Turrentine carried 8 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, an average of 11.5 yards per carry, while Terry Baggett went 18 times for an astounding 304 yards (yes, that’s nearly 17 yards per carry) and four touchdowns.
— Lance [Clevelove™] (@LogiCLEV) October 12, 2013
So here we are again. Another embarrassing loss. Another losing season all-but-assured. Scouring the rest of the season to try to spot one or two winnable games,2 in the hopes of staying out of the MAC West cellar.
And here we are again, waiting for word — any word — from the athletic director. Will Ron English be gone in two weeks when that losing season goes from all-but-assured to assured? Will he finish out the season? Or will he be gone this week? I think we can all stop pretending that there’s even the slightest chance of him getting an extension.
I leave you with this final thought:
@TheEasternEcho I dont think the splits for home & road matter much when he is 11-43
— Thomas Bieszk (@TommyBeeswax) October 12, 2013