Fourth-Quarter Rally Carries Tulane Past Army, 17-16




WEST POINT, N.Y. - Ross Thevenot kicked a field goal with 2:20 left in the game as Tulane rallied for a 17-16 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon in front of 26,076 fans at Michie Stadium.

Thevenot, who missed a field in overtime at West Point two years ago, 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, though, responded with a short scoring run from Andre Anderson and Thevenot's field goal for the victory. Thevenot attempted a 34-yard field goal in 2007 that would have sent the game into a second overtime but missed. Saturday, he had no such trouble, converting the opportunity late in the game at the same end of the field.

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.

For the fourth time this season, Army scored on its opening possession. Dean Lisante blocked a Thevenot punt at the Tulane 31-yard line and Christopher Swain recovered the loose ball.

Patrick Mealy picked up a yard and Steelman carried for eight. Steelman then bulled in from the one to give Army an early 7-0 lead following Carlton's conversion kick.

The Black Knights extended the lead on their next possession. Following a Tulane punt, Steelman rushed for 16, Smith picked up 16 yards and Ehie ran for four on two carries. Carlton's 37-yard field was good and made it 10-0 Army with four minutes left in the first quarter.

Tulane got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter following a 10-play, 54-yard drive that took more than four minutes. Kemp hit Jeremy Williams for a 23-yard gain and on the first play of the second quarter went back to Williams for a 15-yard touchdown.

Army built on its lead early in the fourth quarter with a 12-play, 53-yard drive that drained more than five minutes off of the clock. After a Tulane punt, Steelman rushed for 21 yards and then picked up five three plays later. Ehie carried for 14 yards to get the ball at the 15 where Carlton booted a 32-yard field goal.

Josh McNary recovered a fumble on Tulane's next possession and Army kicked its third field goal. McNary recovered the fumble at the Tulane 38 and a 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the 18. Carlton followed with his third field goal, this time from 36 yards, for a 16-7 Army lead.

Tulane strung together a 61-yard drive on seven plays, capped by a one-yard scoring run from Anderson with nine minutes left in the game.

Army was in punt formation on its next possession but a bobbled snap forced Jonathan Bulls to run for a short gain as the Black Knights turned the ball over on downs at the Tulane 39.

Tulane's Anderson had his biggest rush of the game, getting outside for a 42-yard pickup to move the ball to the Army four-yard line. The Army defense stiffened on three tries from the four but Thevenot kicked a 23-yard field goal.

Hunter returned the ensuing kickoff 46yards, giving Army possession at the Tulane 41 with 2:13 left in the game. Steelman and Hunter connected for 15 yards on the first two plays. Three rushing yards picked up little before Carlton came on to try the 37-yard field goal, which missed wide right.

Army will conclude its brief two-game homestand, Saturday at noon against Vanderbilt. The first 5,000 fans through the gates of Michie Stadium will receive a Felix "Doc" Blanchard bobblehead as the Army Athletic Association honors one of its top running backs.

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