WEST POINT, N.Y. Jeremy Trimble became Army’s all-time leading receiver in yardage and touchdowns and Carson Williams threw for a career-best 328 yards but Tulsa racked up 622 yards of total offense and beat the Black Knights, 49-39, Saturday afternoon in front of more than 27,000 people at Michie Stadium.
Trimble was among a group of 37 seniors who were playing their final home game and he etched his name into the record books. He caught 11 passes for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the afternoon.
Trimble, who already holds the career record for receptions (now at 175) now has 2,335 yards in his career, edging past Clennie Brundidge who had 2,279 from 1975-78. Trimble passed Glenn Davis and Brundidge for the career touchdown reception mark with his 15th.
Williams, a sophomore, completed 12 of his first 13 passes, and concluded the day with 328 yards. Williams completed 26-of-38 passes and threw three touchdowns.
Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith connected on 22-of-32 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Tarrion Adams rushed 17 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Tulsa improved to 8-3.
Army scored its most points of the season and had a season-best 491 yards of total offense but fell to 3-8.
Tony Dace rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown and Ian Smith picked up 48 yards on 14 carries but Tulsa forced a turnover on downs late in the game and then added an insurance touchdown in its first visit to Michie Stadium.
Army wasted little time in taking an early lead. After a Tulsa punt, Williams connected with Trimble for a 57-yard gain on the first play of scrimmage. Williams then hit Justin Larson for a 37-yard touchdown. Adam DeMarco’s PAT gave Army a 7-0 lead with 12:44 left in the first quarter.
Tulsa responded with a five-play drive over 91 yards. Adams capped the drive with a three-yard run to tie the game.
The Black Knights went back ahead on their next possession. Patrick Mealy rushed for five yards, Williams hit Larson for seven and Mike Viti picked up four yards. Four plays later, Williams connected with Trimble for a 35-yard touchdown and 14-7 advantage.
The Golden Hurricane, the No. 2 offense in the country, knotted the game on their next possession. Adams threw a touchdown this time, finding Clay Clemons for an 18-yard score with less than four minutes left in the first quarter.
Army retook the lead early in the second quarter when Owen Tolson kicked a 33-yard field goal, capping a 13-play drive that took nearly six minutes.
The Black Knights extended their advantage to 10. After forcing Tulsa to turn the ball over on downs, they went 60 yards in seven plays. Corey Anderson ended the drive with a 24-yard rushing touchdown at the 7:26 mark of the second quarter.
Tulsa trimmed its deficit to three on its next possession when A.J. Whitmore rushed for a 14-yard touchdown.
The Golden Hurricane took the lead again late in the first half. Tolson missed wide left on a 40-yard attempt with 35 seconds remaining. Smith completed three straight passes to take the team down the field, capped by a 50-yard touchdown to Brennan Marion with 10 seconds left for a 28-24 lead.
Army received the ball to start the second half and went back on top. Williams hit Anderson for 10 yards and three plays later, found Trimble for a nine-yard score and the career touchdown mark. The 10-play, 46-yard drive made it 31-28 with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Tulsa went ahead to stay on its next possession. Following an exchange of punts, Tulsa took advantage of a short field with a 36-yard drive. Adams scored for the second time, from seven yards out, for a 35-31 lead.
The Golden Hurricane opened the fourth quarter when Smith connected with Trae Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown with 13:42 left in the game.
Army made it a three-point game again with a seven-play, 63-yard drive. Dace rushed in from nine yards out and then Williams found Larson for the two-point conversion with seven minutes remaining.
The Black Knights got the ball back with 3:04 remaining but four incomplete passes sealed the Tulsa victory. Smith rushed in from the one for the final scoring.
Army will conclude its season Dec. 1 in Baltimore, Md., against service academy rival Navy. Gametime is noon.