Army Football Game Notes: The Tulane Game

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team will try to stay unbeaten (2-0) away from West Point this season when it travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane on Saturday. Kickoff at the Louisiana Superdome is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

There is no television coverage for the Tulane game.

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Alma Mater: Hawai'i, 1977
2nd Season at Army (8-9, .471)
11th Season Overall (68-50, .576)
Record vs. Tulane: 0-1

Alma Mater: San Francisco State, 1968
4th Season at Tulane (11-29, .275)
17th Season Overall (89-97, .478)
Record vs. Army: 1-2

The Black Knights have not won three games on its opponents' home fields in a season since 1967.

The Black Knights had their two-game winning streak snapped last week versus Temple, 42-35, despite matching its season high offensive output. Army has scored 35 points in consecutive games for the first time since the 2004 season and has posted at least 24 points in each of its first five games.

Not even halfway through the season, the Black Knights have already reached the end zone more than they did in 12 games in 2009. Army scored 18 offensive touchdowns (13 rush, 5 pass) last season. In the first five games of 2010, the Black Knights' offense has found paydirt 21 times, including 18 rushing scores. Army's offensive touchdown total is already the most since the 2006 squad scored 26 times on offense (16 rush, 10 pass). The Black Knights' 18 rushing touchdowns are the most since the 2004 team ran for 21 scores.

Army enters the game ranked ninth in the nation at 266.8 rushing yards per game. The Black Knights' offense leads the nation in time of possession at 35:00 per game.

Sophomore QB Trent Steelman has been responsible for the Black Knights' last seven touchdowns. After throwing touchdown passes to account for Army's last two scores in the win at Duke, Steelman scored four rushing touchdowns and passed for another versus Temple. Steelman leads the team with 270 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for a team-high five scores all of last season.

Versus Temple, Army suffered its first loss of the Rich Ellerson Era when winning the turnover battle (1-0). The Black Knights rank second in the nation in turnover margin (+2.00). They are just one of two teams in the nation that have yet to throw an interception (Oregon State) and are third in the country in turnovers lost (3).

Army has not turned the ball over in three games. It is the first time in the modern era of Army football (since 1946) that the Black Knights have gone three games in a row without committing a turnover.

• Be Army's third straight road win this season and fourth consecutive win on an opponent's home field.
• Be the first time since 1967 that Army won three road games in the same season.
• Mark the first time Army did not lose consecutive games during its first six outings since 2006.
• End Army's two-game losing streak in the Louisiana Superdome.
• Be the Black Knights' second straight win in New Orleans. Army scored a 44-13 win at Tad Gormley Stadium in 2008.
• Be the Black Knights' ninth win in the last two seasons, its largest win total in back-to-back years since the 1996 (10) and 1997 (4) teams totalled 14 victories.
• Be the Black Knights' second win of the season against an opponent that defeated them in 2009.
• Be the 646th win in the 121 seasons of Army football (645-458-51; .581).

Tulane coach Bob Toledo is in his fourth season with the Green Wave, his fourth head coaching job. Toledo has also guided the programs at Cal Riverside (1974-75), University of the Pacific (1979-82) and UCLA (1996-2002). He has coached in 13 bowl games during his career.

The Green Wave is coming off a 17-14 win at Rutgers last week that snapped their six-game road losing streak. The Scarlet Knights scored first on a 91-yard touchdown run by Mohamad Sanu on the second play of the game, but Tulane limited the Rutgers' offense to only 80 yards for the remainder of the half. The Green Wave scored 17 straight points to lead by 10 and hung on for the victory. Alex Wacha intercepted a Rutgers pass at the Green Wave 24-yard line with 36 seconds left.

Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin connected on 17 of his 28 throws for 140 yards. Receivers D.J. Banks and Joe Kemp, a converted quarterback, combined to go 3 for 5 for 68 yards and a touchdown through the air. Payten Jason led the Tulane ground game with 28 yards and a score on 15 carries. Casey Robottom and Cody Sparks each caught six passes.

The Green Wave comes into Saturday's game ranked 112th in the nation in total offense at 285.00 yards per game. Tulane is averaging 89.75 rushing yards and 195.25 passing yards per contest while scoring 20.00 points a game.

Griffin, the starter in each of Tulane's first four games, has completed 64.1 percent of his passes (59-92) for 500 yards and two interceptions. Kevin Moore is 12 for 26 for 156 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Albert Williams tops the Tulane rushing list with 174 yards on 38 carries. Appropriately named Orleans Darkwa has 139 yards on 29 carries and has scored four of the Green Wave's six rushing touchdowns. Robottom has 23 catches for 218 yards and is tied for 31st in the country with 5.75 catches per game.

Tulane's defense enters this weekend's game ranked 46th in the nation, allowing 335.50 yards per contest. The Green Wave is allowing 119.75 rushing yards per game, 215.75 passing yards per game and 26.00 points per contest.

The Green Wave is one of the nation's top units in making plays behind the line of scrimmage. Tulane is 14th in the nation with an average of 7.75 tackles for loss per game and tied for 11th at 3.00 sacks per contest.

Trent Mackey leads the team with 48 total stops. His 12.0 tackles per contest is tied for sixth in the nation. He also has 5.0 tackles for loss. Shakiel Smith and Alex Wacha are next at 31 tackles each.

Justin Adams leads the team and is tied for ninth in the nation with 4.5 sacks. He also paces the Green Wave and is tied for 10th in the country with 7.5 tackles for loss. Phillip Davis leads the team with two interceptions.

Placekicker Cairo Santos is 6 for 7 on field goal tries and has made all eight of his extra point attempts.

Tulane leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 9-7-1. The first meeting between the two teams came back in 1953, a 0-0 tie in New Orleans.

The Green Wave snapped a two-game Army winning streak in the series with a 17-16 win at Michie Stadium last season.

Seven of the 17 meetings came during Army's membership in Conference USA. The Green Wave won four of seven meetings with the Black Knights between 1998-2005.

The Green Wave has won five of the seven meetings in New Orleans.

Tulane is the only member of Conference USA on the Black Knights' schedule this season. It is the fifth straight year that Army has played at least on C-USA squad.

Army was a member of Conference USA from 1998-2004. The Black Knights posted a 7-36 record in their seven seasons as a member of the league.

The Black Knights are 2-5 against C-USA schools since leaving the league.

Ross Thevenot kicked a field goal with 2:20 left in the game as Tulane rallied for a 17-16 victory over Army. Thevenot, who missed a field in overtime at West Point in 2007, split the uprights from 23 yards out to give the Green Wave their first lead of the game.

Army had a chance to win the game but a field goal attempt from 37 yards missed with 12 seconds remaining in the game.

Tulane, which threw for 166 yards, scored 10 fourth-quarter points and improved to 2-2. Army rushed for 196 yards but fell to 2-3 when the field goal from Alex Carlton sailed wide right.

The Black Knights led 10-7 at halftime and built the advantage to 17-6 as Carlton kicked three field goals and signal caller Trent Steelman rushed for a touchdown.

The Green Wave responded with a short scoring run from Andre Anderson and Thevenot's field goal for the victory.

Steelman, who rushed 20 times for 95 yards, scored a first quarter rushing touchdown. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 26 yards but threw his first career interception. Kingsley Ehie carried 16 times for 47 yards while Ian Smith gained 22 yards.

Damion Hunter, who sent up a potential game-winning field goal with a long kickoff return, caught all three passes for the Black Knights.

Stephen Anderson made eight tackles to pace the Army defense while Steve Erzinger and Brad Marren each posted a sack.

Tulane quarterback Joe Kemp connected on 14-of-24 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while Anderson rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown to pace Tulane.

Saturday's game versus Tulane is the third in a four-game stretch against opponents that defeated the Black Knights in 2009. Army is 1-1 in the first two games, defeating Duke and losing to Temple.

Army plays a total of six teams that defeated the Black Knights last season. The other two are service-academy rivals Air Force and Navy.

Army's game versus Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans Saints) is one of four Army games at pro venues this season. Army will play Rutgers in the New Meadowlands Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets), versus Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) and versus Navy at Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles).

Army has lost 11 straight games in stadiums that call professional franchises home. Army's last win in such a facility was on Oct. 16, 2004 when they defeated South Florida, 42-35 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The slotback trio of starters Pat Mealy and Malcolm Brown along with reserve Brian Cobbs combined to rush for 209 yards on 27 carries in the win at Eastern Michigan. The trio averaged 7.7 yards per carry while accounting for 67.6 percent of Army's total rushing yardage.

It is the most production by the slotback position during the 17 games of the Rich Ellerson Era. In 12 games last season, the slotbacks averaged 95.3 rushing yards per game. The group's high-water mark was 169 yards against VMI.

Since the start of last season, Army is 6-2 when the slotbacks can account for at least 100 yards.

Senior DE Josh McNary made 1.5 tackles for loss against Temple to extend his Academy record to 44.0 career tackles for loss. The old mark of 42.0 had stood since 1979. He leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss in 2010.

The tackles for loss mark is another in a long line of record-book entries for McNary. The Houston native is Army's all-time leader with 23.0 career sacks and holds the Academy's single-season record with 12.5 in 2009 and the single-game mark with 4.0 versus Temple last season.

In 26 games since moving from linebacker to defensive end, McNary has five multi-sack games, includinkg two this season (3.0 vs. Hawai'i; 2.0 vs. North Texas). He is tied for 13th in the nation with 1.00 sacks per game this season.

Honored with three All-America citations in 2009 - third-team by, fourth-team Phil Steele's College Football Preview and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated - McNary has caught the attention of the college football world in 2010. McNary is on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the 2010 Lott Trophy and the 2010 Lombardi Award.

Army plays its second straight game away from West Point when it takes on Rutgers at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Black Knights and Scarlet Knights have met each of the past three seasons. Rutgers has won the last six meetings in the series. Army's last victory over the Scarlet Knights was during the 1997 campaign.

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