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Ball St. needs more than execution to beat Army

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 6, 2013 at 4:31 am •  Published: September 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ball State coach Pete Lembo can draw up any game plan he wants for Army.

He already knows it's going to take more than strategy and execution to beat the Black Knights on Saturday. In plain English, that means Ball State (1-0) must match Army's effort and passion — or suffer the consequences.

It's a lesson Lembo has learned over the years, especially against a foe the Cardinals know as well as Army (1-0).

This marks the third time since 2009 that the schools have met, including Ball State's 48-21 rout a year ago, and Lembo knows it won't be that easy this weekend.