POSTGAME NOTES -- ARMY VS. TULANE (10-6-07)
Army snapped a three-game losing streak to Tulane with Saturday’s 20-17 overtime defeat of the Green Wave at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights are now 5-3 all-time versus Tulane at Michie Stadium.
Saturday marked Army’s second overtime contest of the season and fifth in the history of the program. The Black Knights remained perfect in overtime contests, running their all-time record to 5-0 in such contests. Army has participated in two overtime contests each of the last two years.
Army has held its opponent scoreless in its last five overtime sessions. The only team to score against Army in overtime was Louisville when the Cardinals scored a touchdown during their first possession against the Black Knights in 1999. Army won the game in double-overtime after holding Louisville scoreless in the second overtime.
Saturday marked just the sixth night game (kickoff after 6 p.m.) in the history of Michie Stadium and only the third Saturday night affair at West Point. Army is now 3-0 in Saturday night contests at West Point and 4-2 in night home games overall. Prior to Saturday, Army had not played a Saturday night contest at Michie Stadium since 1985.
Army leveled its overall record at 3-3 with its 20-17 overtime defeat of Tulane. The Black Knights stood at 3-3 following six games last fall, but finished the year with sixth consecutive defeats.
Coupled with last week’s victory over Temple, Army has now notched back-to-back wins over teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time since topping Akron and Air Force in consecutive weeks in 2005.
The Black Knights remained undefeated at home this season (3-0) with Saturday’s defeat of Tulane. Army has now won seven of its last 10 games at Michie Stadium dating back to 2005.
With Saturday’s defeat of Tulane, Army equaled its victory total from a year ago.
Tulane held a 401-240 advantage in total offense in the contest. It marked the second straight week that the Black Knights were outgained, but still managed a victory.
With five catches for 55 yards senior WR Jeremy Trimble drew closer to the top of Army’s career lists in receptions and receiving yards. Trimble now stands two receiving yards (1,819) shy of moving into second place on Army’s career list in that category. He also needs just four receptions to become the Black Knights’ career leader in that category as well.
Senior QB Kevin Dunn came off the bench to engineer Army’s late-game comeback against Tulane. Dunn had attempted just one pass in his career prior to Saturday, completing a 12-yard aerial last year against VMI in reserve duty. Dunn hit on 6 of 7 attempts for 80 yards. He entered the game after Williams suffered an injury late in the fourth quarter.
Freshman RB Patrick Mealy registered his first career start against Tulane. He was joined in the lead unit by freshman offensive guard Mikel Weich, marking the first time this year that Army has started two freshmen in a game. Mealy led Army’s rushers with 41 ground yards on 15 carries.
Saturday’s win over Tulane marked the first time Army has failed to commit at least one turnover in a game since a 2005 loss to Navy, 19 games prior. The Black Knights had committed at least two turnovers in each of their previous five contests this season.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble pulled down his 10th career touchdown reception in the first quarter against Tulane, moving into sixth place on Army’s career receiving touchdowns list. Trimble stands four shy of Army’s career record of 14, shared by Glenn Davis and Clennie Brundidge.
Army held Tulane to 17 points during Saturday’s 20-17 overtime victory. The Black Knights have yielded more than 22 points in just one game this year.
Senior DB Jordan Murray registered a team-high 11 tackles in the Black Knights’ win over Tulane. It marked Murray’s third double figure tackle showing of the season.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Senior P-K Owen Tolson enjoyed another outstanding outing. He averaged 45.0 yards on five punts, dropping five punts inside the Tulane 20-yard line and two punts inside the Green Wave 5-yard line. He also drilled a 36-yard field goal with 1:40 remaining to bring Army within 17-10, then hit the game-winning 25-yard field goal in overtime. It marked the first time that Tolson has hit two field goals in a game during his Army career.
Senior PR Jeremy Trimble averaged 15.7 yards on three punt returns. He entered the game ranked seventh nationally in punt returns with a 20.0 average after finishing last season ranked second nationally in the category. Trimble closed the game with 102 all-purpose yards.