NCAAF Game Recap - Tulane at Army
Sat Oct 5, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Tulane 42, Army 33

Oct 5, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tulane (4-1)

14

7

7

14

42

Army (3-2)

7

7

7

12

33

Tulane beats Army 42-33, snaps Black Knights' home streak
Sat Oct 5, 2019 6:27 PM

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Tulane isn't used to this but it sure feels good.

Amare Jones caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Tulane beat Army 42-33 on Saturday to snap the Black Knights' 15-game home winning streak at Michie Stadium.

Tulane (4-1) hasn't started this well since going 4-1 in 1998 and has been an afterthought for too long. The Green Wave received some votes in the latest AP Top 25 and can only rise after this signature moment.

"I feel like this is definitely the start to something big," Jones said. "We're all coming together and we're all trying to make a change, not just for ourselves but for Tulane as a whole. We haven't really been given the respect that we needed or that we wanted. We're trying to prove everybody (wrong.)."

Tulane outgained Army 525-363 and outrushed the Black Knights 324-193, the fourth time this season the Green Wave have gone for 250 yards on the ground. Tulane has gone over 500 yards offensively in all but one game this season. Army's triple option was averaging 293.5 yards.

"This is big for us. It's hard to outrush them," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. "We're excited. Our kids believe in what we're doing."

Darius Bradwell scored on a 13-yard run midway through the third quarter to snap a 21-all tie, Jones scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth and Cameron Carroll tacked on a 41-yard scamper to give the Green Wave a comfortable lead. Tulane had four players with at least 55 yards on the ground.

"We know that we're going to pound the ground," Jones said. "When you can just rotate running backs and they all are just killing it, that makes your head coach comfortable, that he can count on you."

Army (3-2) staged a furious late rally with two scores in the final 3 minutes, Jabari Moore's 54-yard fumble return closing the gap to nine points with 2:36 left, but Tulane recovered an onside kick and held on. The game ended with the Black Knights trying to score again.

"It just speaks for the type of culture we have on this team," Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. said. "Even in the fourth quarter down 21 points, it's easy to pack it in, look at the clock and get ready to go to the locker room, but that's not the type of guys we have in our locker room. We're going to fight until the end."

Hopkins attempted 24 passes, completing nine, as Army took to the air trying to catch up.

Fritz and Army coach Jeff Monken are well-schooled in the run game. Fritz succeeded Monken at Georgia Southern when Monken took the job at West Point six years ago, and the Green Wave excelled in this one, repeatedly victimizing Army with big plays.

Tulane overcame a turnover in the first minute of play that led to an Army touchdown and reeled off six plays of least 15 yards in scoring 21 straight points, Jones notching the first on a 15-yard pass from Justin McMillan.

"They know that they can count on me to make a play," said Jones, who also rushed for 65 yards on nine carries. "We weren't really worried because of how their offense is set up. They kind of just want to kill the time, give you less possessions. If we would have got up early we would have been more comfortable."

Corey Dauphine's 30-yard run with 5 minutes left in the opening quarter gave the Green Wave a 14-7 lead and McMillan's 1-yard run early in the second boosted the lead to 21-7 before Army settled down.

Hopkins, who missed the previous two games with a leg injury, guided the Black Knights on a 15-play drive that took 8:39 and scored on a 1-yard run with 4:36 left before halftime. He tallied again early in the third after a 43-yard run to tie it 21-all.

"They blocked us and kept us blocked," Monken said. "They whipped blocks on defense and made tackles. That's it. That's what made the difference. They just out-physicaled us.

"Our guys played their butts off. They played it all the way to the end. They didn't quit. Nobody flinched. I love that about our guys."

Army got an early gift when McMillan simply lost the ball while running on the second play from scrimmage and Arik Smith recovered for the Black Knights at the Tulane 38. Hopkins completed a 36-yard pass to Cam Harrison on the next play and Connor Slomka scored on a 2-yard run to give Army a lead just 79 seconds into the game.

TRICKERY BACKFIRES

Trailing 28-21 late in third, Army executed a fake punt to perfection as linebacker Cole Christiansen scampered 31 yards for a first down at the Tulane 39. The play was nullified by a holding penalty and the Black Knights had to punt.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: The Green Wave are 4-1 for just the sixth time since 1960 and only the second time since 1980. McMillan, who was 15 of 21 for 201 yards, is 9-2 as a starter and the Green Wave's up-tempo offense can strike in multiple ways. They should be a factor in the American Athletic Conference now that UCF has lost twice.

Army: The defense will have to regroup after its worst performance of the season. Hopkins gained 132 yards rushing and threw for 170 yards, showing no effects of the injury.

UP NEXT

Tulane hosts Connecticut next Saturday.

Army is at Western Kentucky next Saturday night.

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Passing

Tul Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. McMillan 21 15 71.4 1 201 50 0 117.4
Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 24 9 37.5 1 170 37 1 59.4

Rushing

Tul Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Dauphine 9 75 8.3 30 1
D. Bradwell 12 70 5.8 18 1
Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hopkins Jr. 24 132 5.5 43 2
C. Slomka 10 47 4.7 9 1

Receiving

Tul Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Jones 6 104 17.3 50 1
J. McCleskey 5 50 10.0 13 0
Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Harrison 5 103 20.6 36 1
B. Walters 1 37 37.0 37 0

Fumbles

Tul F FL
J. McMillan 2 2

Returning

Tul KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Jones 4 20.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Hobbs IV 2 29.5 0 46 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tul Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Wright 4 133 33.3 40
Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Harding 3 136 45.3 56
Z. Potter 1 31 31.0 31

Takeaways

Tul Int Yds InTD
C. Kuerschen 1 0 0
Army Int Yds InTD
J. Moore 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tul Army
Points For 42 33
Total Yards 525 363
Rushing Yards 324 193
Passing Yards 201 170
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/21 9/24
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 28 21
Penalties - Yards 9/79 4/34
Time Of Possession 7:07 53:53
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/12 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 2/4
Punts - Average Yards 4/33 4/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tul Army
Army 1:19 TD Connor Slomka 2 yd run (David Cooper kick) 0 7
Tul 4:07 TD Amare Jones 15 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 7 7
Tul 10:00 TD Corey Dauphine 30 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 14 7
2nd Quarter Tul Army
Tul 1:48 TD Justin McMillan 1 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 21 7
Army 10:34 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 1 yd run (David Cooper kick) 21 14
3rd Quarter Tul Army
Army 3:29 TD Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 4 yd run (David Cooper kick) 21 21
Tul 7:22 TD Darius Bradwell 13 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 28 21
4th Quarter Tul Army
Tul 4:33 TD Amare Jones 1 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 35 21
Tul 9:14 TD Cameron Carroll 41 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 42 21
Army 12:05 TD Camden Harrison 11 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (failed 2pt rush) 42 27
Army 12:24 TD Jabari Moore 54 yd fumble return (failed 2pt rush) 42 33

Game Information

Stadium: Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Attendance: 38,019
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