POSTGAME NOTES ARMY VS. TULANE (OCT. 4, 2008)
After opening its season with three straight home games, Army took to the road for the second time this season on Saturday, visiting Tulane at Tad Gormley Stadium. It marked the Black Knights’ eighth visit to New Orleans and first trip to Tad Gormley Stadium.
Army improved to 1-4 on the season, taking a 44-13 decision to Tulane on Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. The Black Knights are now 7-8-1 all-time against the Green Wave and have won two straight meetings.
The Black Knights’ snapped their 10-game losing streak that dated back to last year. Prior to today, Army’s last win was a 20-17 overtime defeat of Tulane on Oct. 6, 2007 at Michie Stadium.
Army’s win snapped a 12-game skid in games played away from West Point. Before today, the Black Knights’ most recent victory away from Michie Stadium was Sept. 23, 2006, when Army posted an overtime victory at Baylor.
When Army scored the game’s first points with 11:16 remaining in the first quarter, it marked only the second time the Black Knights have enjoyed a lead this season. The Black Knights took their only other lead of the season when they scored first against New Hampshire with 2:35 in the first quarter on Sept. 6. That lead proved short-lived as UNH returned the ensuing kickoff for a game-tying touchdown. Army did not lead in any of its other three contests.
Army never trailed in the game. It was the first time the Black Knights did not play from behind since a 37-21 win versus Temple on Sept. 29, 2007.
After managing just 37 points through their first four games, the Black Knights scored 20 points in the opening 17:30 of play versus Tulane on Saturday. Army finished the first half with 23 points. The Black Knights 44 points in the game surpassed its total output in the first four games (37 points).
The Black Knights held a 23-7 lead at halftime versus Tulane on Saturday, marking the first time Army has led at halftime in a game since topping VMI 34-7 at the break on Oct. 7, 2006, 23 games prior. It also marked Army’s first halftime lead against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since the Black Knights led Kent State 14-7 at the break on Sept. 9, 2006, 27 games earlier (24 FBS opponents prior).
Army’s 31-point win was its largest margin of victory since a 62-7 win against VMI on Oct. 7, 2006. It was its largest margin of victory against a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team since a 49-7 win at Boston College on Oct. 21, 1995.
Senior FB Collin Mooney ran for four touchdowns, marking the first Army player to reach the end zone four times on the ground since Carlton Jones had an Academy record five scores against South Florida on Oct. 16, 2004. Mooney's first touchdown was his first score since the VMI game in 2006.
Collin Mooney ripped off a career-long 55-yard run in the fourth quarter, setting up the Black Knights’ final offensive touchdown of the game, a Mooney 10-yard run.
Collin Mooney ran for 187 yards, the most by a Black Knight since Carlton Jones had 187 yards versus Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.
Sophomore QB Chip Bowden reeled off a career-long 28-yard run in the second quarter, setting up a 22-yard field goal by Matt Campbell.
Army finished with a season-high 291 rushing yards, marking the first opponent to rush for at least 100 yards opposite Tulane’s defense this year. Alabama finished with 99 ground yards versus the Green Wave earlier this season. It was the most yards by the Black Knights since going for 300 against Arkansas State on Nov. 19, 2005.
Sophomore Stephen Anderson returned a fumble 81 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter against Tulane, providing Army with an early 14-0 lead. It provided the Black Knights with their largest lead of the year. It also marked Army’s first fumble return for a score since Ryan Kent returned a fumble 88 yards for a touchdown versus Louisville on Sept. 21, 2002. Army’s Jordan Murray recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown opposite Temple on Sept. 29, 2007. Saturday’s turnover also marked Anderson’s first career fumble recovery.
After holding Texas A&M scoreless for the final 28:44 of last week’s game, Army shut out Tulane over the first 27:41 on Saturday. In all, the Black Knights’ defense did not allow a point over a stretch of 56:25 spanning the two games.
Senior LB Frank Scappaticci registered his second and third interceptions of the season (and third in two games. He returned the second pick 35 yards for a touchdown, his first career score. Scappaticci now has four career interceptions.
Scappaticci’s score marked the first time since Sept. 16, 2000 versus Houston that the Black Knights scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game.
Sophomore LB Rod Murray recorded his first career interception, picking off a Tulane pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Freshman LB Steve Erzinger recorded his first career sack on Tulane’s second to last play of the game.
Freshman LB Steve Erzinger blocked a punt following Tulane’s first possession of the game, setting up Collin Mooney’s 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. It marked Army’s first blocked punt since Rod Murray did so against Central Michigan on Oct. 13, 2007. Senior WR Joe LeForte recovered the punt leading to Army’s score versus Tulane.
Sophomore K Matt Campbell drilled a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, marking his fourth consecutive successful field goal try to open his Black Knight career. Campbell was also 3 for 3 on PATs, his first career extra point attempts.
Junior DE Victor Ugenyi blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Tulane’s Ross Thevenot with 12:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. It marked Army’s first blocked field goal attempt since Tony Fusco accomplished the feat against Texas A&M in the AT&T Corps Classic on Sept. 16, 2006.