Postgame Notes - Army vs. Tulane (Oct. 3, 2009)




TEAM
Army and Tulane squared off for the 17th time on Saturday, with the Green Wave extending their series lead to 9-7-1 with a 17-16 defeat of the Black Knights.

Army won the last Michie Stadium meeting between the teams in 2007 on a field goal in overtime after the Black Knights had forced the game on a successful "Hail Mary" pass play for a touchdown on the final play of regulation. Saturday's outcome was not decided until Alex Carlton missed a 37-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining.

With Saturday's loss, the Black Knights fell below the .500 mark for the first time this season. It also marks the first time Army has dropped consecutive contests this fall after alternating wins and losses through the first four games.

Saturday's loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Black Knights over the Green Wave.

A win over Tulane would have provided Army with its best five-game start to a season since 1996.

Army drew a season-best crowd of 26,076 to a soggy Michie Stadium on Saturday. Light rain fell throughout much of the first three quarters before the sun poked through heavy cloud cover late in the game.

Tulane took its only lead of the game when K Ross Thevenot hit a 23-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining in the contest.

OFFENSE
Army was held to a season-low 222 total yards versus Tulane on Saturday. The Black Knights managed 196 yards rushing and 26 yards passing.

For the fourth time in five games, Army registered a touchdown on its first offensive possession.

Freshman QB Trent Steelman recorded a season high with 95 rushing yards versus Tulane. He and junior FB Kingsley Ehie were the only two Army players to rush for more than 23 yards.

Trent Steelman scored his second touchdown of the season when he plunged in from the 1-yard line three minutes into Saturday's game. Army would not find the end zone the remainder of the day.

Trent Steelman made his fifth start of the season, setting a record for most starts by an Army freshman quarterback.

Senior WR Damion Hunter equaled his season best with three catches versus Tulane. He finished with 26 receiving yards on those three catches. Hunter accounted for all three receptions for Army on Saturday.

Freshman SB Malcolm Brown saw his first collegiate action versus Tulane after missing the season's first four games due to injury. Brown carried twice for two yards in his collegiate debut.

Senior WR Alejandro Villanueva saw his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception streak snapped at three.

DEFENSE
Army's defense limited the high-powered Tulane offense to 17 points and 292 total yards.

The Black Knights held standout Tulane RB Andre Anderson to 70 yards rushing on 17 carries. Forty-two of those markers came on Tulane's game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. Discounting that run, Anderson was limited to 28 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Junior LB Stephen Anderson topped Army with eight tackles, including two for loss.

Junior DE Josh McNary finished with two tackles (both for loss) and one fumble recovery.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Sophomore K Alex Carlton hit 3 of 4 field goals on the day. He set a career best with his three field goals. He has hit on 7 of 10 field goal attempts this season. Carlton connected on field goals of 37, 32 and 37 yards versus Tulane. His lone miss came from 37 yards with 12 seconds remaining.

Senior KR Damion Hunter enjoyed his finest day of the season returning kickoffs. He returned three kickoffs for 100 yards. His season-best 46-yard return following Tulane's go-ahead field goal helped to provide Army with outstanding field position as the Black Knights tried to navigate their way toward a game-winning field goal in the final moments.

Senior LB Dean Lisante registered his first career punt block in the first quarter, leading to a fast Army touchdown. It marked the second straight year that a blocked punt led to an early Black Knight touchdown versus Tulane.

 

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