WEST POINT, N.Y. Owen Tolson kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime as Army scored the final 16 points and beat Tulane, 20-17, Saturday night at Michie Stadium.
Army scored 13 points in the final 1:40 to force overtime. Tolson’s split the uprights on the first possession of overtime and then watched as Tulane kicker Ross Thevenot was wide left on his attempt giving the Black Knights their second overtime win of the season.
Kevin Dunn, the Black Knights' No. 3 quarterback, put the game in overtime with a dramatic last-second pass. Dunn, who entered the game with less than six minutes remaining, connected with Mike Wright for a 36-yard score on the last play of regulation. Dunn scrambled, and then threw the ball deep into the end zone where it was tipped by a Tulane defender. Wright made a tremendous play to drag his feet and caught the carom. Adam DeMarco kicked the PAT to set up the extra session.
Tulane won the toss in overtime and chose to go on defense. Freshman Patrick Mealy ran for 10 yards on the first play but the drive stalled and Tolson came in to kick. Tolson, who missed a 47-yard attempt and made a 36-yard attempt earlier, was true on his overtime attempt, giving Army its first lead of the game.
Army’s Victor Ugenyi tackled running back Matt Forte short of the first down on Tulane’s possession, forcing the game-tying field goal. Thevenot, who made a 46-yard attempt and missed a 50-yard try during regulation, was wide left, sending the Corps of Cadets onto the field in celebration.
The Black Knights are now 3-3 on the season, including a 3-0 mark at Michie Stadium. Tulane fell to 1-4.
Dunn completed 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards and a score. Starting quarterback Carson Williams completed 15 of 21 attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown before being injured.
Mealy rushed for 41 yards while Wright hauled in two passes for 63 yards. Jeremy Trimble had five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.
“It was an ugly football game,” said Army head coach Stan Brock. “Offensively, it was not real good. We gave up a lot of sacks and put ourselves in bad situations. We didn’t do a very good job taking advantage of turnovers. But, getting away from all the negatives and looking at the positives, the kids never quit. They hung in there and kept fighting. They believed they could win the football game there at the end.
“I really think that Kevin Dunn came in and did a really great job,” continued Brock. “We had players step up and make plays. When you walk on the field, all you are looking for is the opportunity to win the football game. The kids hung in there and made some plays and got it to the point where we did have the opportunity to win the game. “
Tulane running back Matt Forte led all rushers with 32 carries for 202 yards and a pair of scores. Anthony Scelfo completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards. Forte caught five passes for 45 yards while Avery Williams had four receptions for 52 yards.
Safety Jordan Murray led the Black Knights with 11 tackles while linebacker Frank Scappaticci had 10 stops and forced a fumble.
Adam Kwentua had two of five Tulane sacks and finished with three tackles. Joe Goosby had eight stops.
Tulane, playing its first road game of the season, opened the scoring in the second quarter. A 12-play, 80-yard drive took nearly five minutes off the clock and culminated with Forte scoring on a two-yard score.
Army tied the score on the ensuing possession. Mealy ran for 13 yards on the 10-play drive. Fullback Mike Viti rushed for two yards for a key first down to keep the drive alive. Williams hit Trimble with a 27-yard score on third and nine to tie the game at 6:39 after DeMarco kicked the PAT.
Tulane took a 10-7 lead one possession later after Thevenot kicked a 46-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the first half.
The Green Wave made it a 10-point advantage on their second possession of the second half. Forte capped the eight-play, 90-yard drive by rushing for a 33-yard touchdown at the 7:48 mark of the third quarter.
Tulane missed a field goal with nine minutes left in the contest when Thevenot was wide left on a 50-yard attempt.
Dunn entered the contest at the 5:39 mark after a Tulane punt. Trimble returned the punt 18 yards to put the ball at the Tulane 30. Viti rushed for a first down but Dunn was sacked forcing the field goal. Tolson was true from 36 yards out after an Army timeout and made it 17-10 Tulane with 1:40 left in the contest.
Army tried an onsides kick but Tulane recovered. The Green Wave attempted three rushing plays but Ugenyi and Murray stopped Scelfo short on third and 11, forcing a punt.
Following the touchback on the punt, Dunn led the Black Knights onto the field with 29 seconds left in the contest. He connected with Wright for a 27-yard gain on first down after scrambling to avoid the rush. He threw an incomplete pass and then hooked up with Mike Evans for a 17-yard gain one play later. Following a spike to stop the clock, Dunn dropped back, side stepped the pass rush and threw to the back of the end zone where Wright hauled in the game-tying touchdown with no time left on the clock.
The victory improved Army's all-time record overtime record to 5-0, including a perfect 4-0 mark at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights will play at Central Michigan, Saturday at 3:30 p.m