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Defense breakdown: Ball State

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Safeties Marquel Broughton and Cedrick Cunningham and linebacker Arik Smith and Andre Carter played all 54 defensive snaps in a 28-16 loss to Ball State.

Andre Carter’s 7.5 sacks through five games ties Alex Aukerman (2016) for fourth all-time on Army’s single-season sack list. Josh McNary is No. 1 with 12.5 sacks in 2009. He is the only player in Army history to reach double-digit sacks in a season.

Arik Smith led the team with nine tackles. The senior linebacker and captain is nine tackles away from 200 in his career.

Turnovers created: 0

Third-down defense: Ball State converted 3-of-11 attempts

Penalties: 3.

Ball State 3-and-outs: 3

Ball State starting field position: Ball State 37

Ball State plays of 20 yards or more: 3. (45-yard TD pass, 23-yard pass, 27-yard pass)

Here’s a player breakdown of the 54 snaps (based off DVR)

*S Marquel Broughton (54 snaps): 4 tackles, 17th career start
*LB Andre Carter (54 snaps): 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback hurries, 7th career start
*S Cedrick Cunningham (54 snaps): 3 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 2 pass breakups, 25th career start
*LB Arik Smith (54 snaps): 9 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 28th career start
*CB Julian McDuffie (51 snaps): 5 tackles, 8th career start
*Apache Malkelm Morrison (50 snaps ): 5 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 25th career start
*NT Nolan Cockrill (45 snaps): 4 tackles, 0.5 sack. 0.5 tackle for loss, 17th career start
*DE Kwabena Bonsu (41 snaps): 1 tackle,18th career start
*LB Spencer Jones (40 snaps): 3 tackles, 5th career start
*DE Chris Frey (36 snaps): 4 tackles, 3rd career start
CB Cam Jones (34 snaps): 2 tackles
*CB Jabari Moore (23 snaps): 1 tackle, 17th career start
DE Nate Smith (19 snaps): 1 tackle, 0.5 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup, 1 quarterback hurry
LB Leo Lowin (16 snaps): 2 tackles
LB Jaylen Jacobs (10 snaps): 3 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss
NT Darius Richardson (9 snaps): 1 tackle
Apache Jimmy Ciarlo (4 snaps)

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