Army Powers Past Tulane, 45-6

Trent Steelman

Trent Steelman

Oct. 1, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore SB Raymond Maples rushed for a career-best 141 yards and a touchdown and junior QB Trent Steelman accounted for three scores as Army rolled to a 45-6 victory over Tulane on Saturday afternoon in front of a Homecoming crowd of 31,235 at Michie Stadium.

Maples carried 15 times on the way to his career-high, Steelman completed all three of his passes for 70 yards and rushed for 54 yards and the Black Knights forced four fumbles and improved to 2-3.

Army rushed for 353 yards and picked up 423 yards of total offense and the Black Knights limited Tulane to 199 yards of total offense to win its second home game of the season.

While Maples went over the century mark, Steelman carried eight times, sophomore FB Hayden Tippett rushed seven times for 37 yards late in the game and junior SB Malcolm Brown collected 35 yards on five carries. Eleven different players accounted for Army's 62 carries.

After not completing a pass a week ago, Steelman was a perfect three-for-three with a 40-yard scoring pass.

Freshman LB Geoffrey Bacon paced the Army defense with nine tackles while sophomore DB Tyler Dickson added eight. Sophomore DB Thomas Holloway and sophomore DL Holt Zalneraitis recovered Tulane fumbles. Juniors Josh Jackson and Ty Shrader both recorded interceptions.

Tulane, now 2-3, wasted little time in jumping out ahead, using just three plays to go 80 yards for a 6-0 lead. Orleans Darkwa rushed for 67 yards on the second play and then scored from three yards out.

Army answered on the next possession and took a lead it would never relinquish. Maples picked up 19 yards on the first two plays and Steelman later scrambled for 16 yards. That set up a two-yard rushing touchdown by freshman RB Larry Dixon, the first of his career, to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive following senior Alex Carlton's extra point.

The Black Knights added to the lead after Jackson returned his interception 36 yards. Maples gained 11 yards and then Steelman bulled in from two yards out.

Army made it a 21-6 advantage at halftime with a 10-play, 70-yard drive later in the second quarter. Steelman scurried for 29 yards on the second play, Dixon and Maples both posted 10-yard runs and Steelman ended the drive with a one-yard scoring plunge.

Holloway recovered a fumble on Tulane's first possession of the second half and Steelman found a wide open Davyd Brooks for a 40-yard scoring play and a 28-6 lead. It was Army's first passing touchdown of the season.

Zalneraitis recovered a fumble on the next possession and Carlton drilled a 23-yard field goal to make it 31-6 Army with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

Maples broke off a 23-yard scoring run on the first play of the final quarter and junior SB Kelechi Odocha rushed for as 14-yard score to close the scoring.

Army will look for its first road victory of the season, Saturday at Miami, Ohio. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.

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