Army Edges Sprint Football 35-26

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Trailing by a two-score margin with 2:04 to play, Penn nearly made a miraculous come back, marching down the field to the Army 9-yard line before throwing a costly interception that sealed the 35-26 win for Army. Penn Quarterback Todd Busler had a spectacular game, throwing 429 yards for two touchdowns as the Quakers fell to 3-1, 1-1 on the season.

With Army leading 7-6 after the second of four field goals, including a 45-yarder, from Penn's Raiam DosSantos, both offenses got back on track over the final four minutes of the first half and continued to move the ball at will for the remainder of the contest.

The Quakers took their first lead of the game at the 3:25 mark of the second stanza after a 76-yard TD connection from Bussler to Whit Shaw, who frustrated the Black Knights' secondary for 274 yards on just nine receptions.

Just 2:33 later, Army answered and regained the lead, 14-13, on Benjamin Johnson's second touchdown of the evening from quarterback Tim Meier, capping a five-play, 62-yard drive. Not to be outdone, Penn drove 56 yards in just 36 seconds to take a 16-14 lead into the locker room after Santos' 31-yard field goal split the uprights.

After the break, Army's offense marched 10 straight to find the end zone on a nine-yard run. However, Penn pulled to within two, 21-19, after another field goal from Santos, but saw the lead grow back to nine, 28-19, after an Army six-yard run with 7:55 remaining in the game.

Again, Penn surged back, as Bussler found a wide-open Shaw for Penn's final score of the game from 43-yards out to trim the lead to just two at 28-26. Army freshman running back Marquis Morris burst through the line for a 68-yard TD scamper up the sidelines just two plays to extend the Black Knights' lead.

Although Busler out-threw Army 429-151, the Black Knights' running game produced 304 yards compared to the Quakers' 50.

Michael McMullen, six tackles, and Ted Rawlings, five, led Penn's defense .

The Quakers return to Franklin Field for 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday, taking on Cornell in their second meeting of the season. In the 2009 season opener Penn defeated the Big Red 20-14.

Download: SFB Army-Penn Stats.pdf