Friday, August 14, 2009

Black Knights rally to against Tulane

West Point, NY (AP) - The Black Knights, fresh off a two game losing streak, welcomed Tulane to town looking to right the ship. Before the game coach Shaun Mason had this to say, "This is an important game for us. Either we get back on track or this train could be headed to Disasterville. We have Notre Damn comin' to town next week and I don't want to start any season off 1-5. I'll tell you this, we have had a tough go of it. We had the Buckeyes and Wisconsin already this year, and we got the Fightin' Irish too? Lets see, four of our first six games are against The Big 10, the Big 12, and Notre Dame. Show me another team with that kind of OOC schedule. That's OK, we will take our beatings and get stronger. We damn near beat Iowa State, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. This is a must win."

Despite the motivation provided by Mason, the Black Knights came out very flat against Tulane. A quick three and out and they punted to the Green Wave. On the ensuing drive Tulane kicked a field goal to go up 3-0. On the kickoff return man Smith ran 91 yards to paydirt to give the Black Knights a 7-3 lead. After forcing another punt, Army broke a long run to go up 14-3. From here the wheels fell off for Army. Tulane got the ball back right before the half and drove the length of the field, scoring on a two yard run. At halftime the game was 14-10.

In the second half Tulane came out loaded for bear. On their first possession in the third Tulane put the ball in the end zone to go up 17-14. After trading possessions, Tulane again scored to put the score at 24-14. Things were looking bleak for the Black Knights as they again failed to move the ball. A quick possession by Tulane gave the Black Knights the ball with three minutes left in the game. A deep bomb followed by a quick running score put the Knights closer at 24-21. Tulane got the ball and tried to run the clock out. After being stopped on second and short, Tulane picked up the first down, further lowering the curtain on Army. Two quick run plays followed by Army timeouts put the yard marker at 3rd and long with less than a minute to go. Tulane dropped back, attempting to move the chains and were intercepted. Army pounds the ball down to the four yard line where CeDarius Williams found the endzone to win the game for Army.

The Army player of the game was defensive wizard V. Ugenyi who had 8 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Next week Notre Dame travels to Michie Stadium.

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