Senior Adam Kwentua and the Tulane defense will look to halt Army's option attack this Saturday.
Oct. 1, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off its first win of the year, the Tulane football team hits the road for the first time this season and will look to string together back-to-back victories this Saturday, Oct. 3 when the Green Wave storms into West Point, N.Y. to battle Army. The contest will kick-off at 11:02 a.m. (CST) and will be broadcast by CBS College Sports on a tape-delay basis. The game will air at 10:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday night.
Tulane fans can listen to the game live on the radio on the flagship station for Tulane Football, WIST 690 AM, or on the internet via the All-Access package at TulaneGreenWave.com.
CBS College Sports is available on the following networks: Cox Cable of New Orleans, Channel 315, Dish Network Channel 152 and DirecTV Channel 613. The game can also be viewed live online as part of a special pay-per-view event. The special presentation of this match-up will be available live and on-demand via internet video streaming for a one-time payment of $14.95 through the All-Access package and will begin at 10:30 p.m. CT.
Tulane (1-2, 0-1 C-USA) posted its first win of the season last week at home with a 42-32 victory over McNeese State to snap a 10-game skid, and the Wave will look to improve to 2-2 this week with a win over the Black Knights. Tulane will also look to snap a seven-game road losing streak this week as well. The Wave has not won on the road since a 45-31 victory at Rice in 2007. Tulane has not won a non-conference road game since a 32-29 win at Mississippi State in 2006. TU is 1-1 this season and 19-17 against non-conference opponents (at the time of the competition) since the 2000 campaign.
Tulane will never be mistaken for a military school, but the Green Wave has made a habit of playing America's military institutes. Tulane has played 48 combined games against Air Force, Army, Navy, The Citadel and VMI in the last 74 years and has a record of 29-17-2. The Wave leads the series with Army (8-7-1), Navy (11-7-1), VMI (5-0) and The Citadel (2-0) and is tied with Air Force (3-3).
Jeremy Williams' 222 receiving yards against McNeese State currently ranks as the best effort in a single game this season. Williams' total is 13 yards better than Syracuse's Mike Williams' 209 yards against Northwestern on Sept. 19. Andre Anderson's 199 rushing yards vs. McNeese State ranks as the sixth-best single game total in the country this season. The nation's current leader is Ralph Bolden of Purdue who rushed for 234 yards vs. Toledo on Sept. 5.
Quarterback Joe Kemp has completed 69 percent of his pass attempts this season (40-of-58) for 601 yards and three touchdowns. Of his 40 completions, four have gone for 40+ yards, including a career-long 68-yard hook-up with Jeremy Williams against Tulsa in the season opener. Last week, Kemp turned in a 10-of-13 performance for 222 yards and two scores vs. McNeese State. Senior safety Chinonso Echebelem leads the Wave in tackles with 9.7 per game (29; 16 solo), which ranks fourth among Conference USA schools.
Army is in its first season under head coach Rich Ellerson and is off to a 2-2 start. The Black Knights are 1-1 at home this season after falling to Duke (35-19) in the home opener on Sept. 12, but they rebounded the next week against Ball State with a 24-17 victory. Army fell at Iowa State, 31-10, last Saturday.
Army has played three quarterbacks this season. Freshman Trent Steelman has received the most snaps and is 10-of-23 for 137 yards and one score this season, and also has 148 rushing yards. Junior Chip Bowden is 8-of-22 for 87 yards with one interception and one score. Carson Williams is 8-of-18 for 91 yards and has two picks and one score.
Junior Patrick Mealy leads the option running attack with 290 yards on 30 carries (9.7 ypc) and one touchdown, while Kingsley Ehie has 206 yards on 42 carries (4.9 ypc) and two scores. Junior Jameson Carter has 155 yards and two scores. Army's favorite target through the air is 6-foot, 10-inch senior Ali Villanueva, a converted offensive lineman who has 12 catches for 191 yards and three scores.
Defensively, junior middle linebacker Stephen Anderson leads the team in tackles with 34 stops (20 solo), while defensive end Josh McNary has 26 tackles, including a team-best 8.5 stops for lost yardage and 5.5 sacks.
Saturday's game marks the 17th all-time meeting between Tulane and Army and the Green Wave leads the series, 8-7-1, but has just a 3-5 record at West Point. Tulane's last win at Army came in 2003, 50-33, when the Black Knights were still a C-USA member.
The two teams played to a 0-0 tie in the first-ever meeting in 1953. Army, the nation's 15th-ranked squad at the time of the meeting, was held scoreless for the only time that season. Army was a member of Conference USA from 1998 to 2004, and the Green Wave had a league mark of 4-3 against the Black Knights.