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Army beats Buffalo 47-39 to get new coach Jeff Monken off to a flying start

  • Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata (16) runs the ball while being defended by Army linebacker Jeremy Timpf, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

    Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata (16) runs the ball while being defended by Army linebacker Jeremy Timpf, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)  (The Associated Press)

  • Army running back Larry Dixon (26) runs for a touchdown against Buffalo during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

    Army running back Larry Dixon (26) runs for a touchdown against Buffalo during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)  (The Associated Press)

  • Army head coach Jeff Monken instructs his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Buffalo, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

    Army head coach Jeff Monken instructs his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Buffalo, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)  (The Associated Press)

Larry Dixon ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns, Raymond Maples scored on a 4-yard run and had two receptions for 69 yards, and Army held off Buffalo 47-39 on a sweltering Saturday at Michie Stadium to start the Jeff Monken era on a positive note.

Monken, who served as an assistant coach to Paul Johnson at Navy and Georgia Tech, was hired last December after a four-year stint as head coach at FCS power Georgia Southern.

Army (1-0) overcame a lost fumble on the game's second play from scrimmage and too many careless penalties to snap a five-game losing streak.

Some timely runs against a stacked Buffalo line, a conservative-but-flawless passing game that surprised the Bulls (1-1) more than once, and a defense that stiffened when it had to and forced a critical turnover helped stake Army to an 18-point halftime lead that was too much to overcome.