Tulsa Gets 49-39 Win at Army
Nov. 17, 2007
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Tulsa took the lead just before halftime and held on for a 49-39 victory over Army in front of 27,687 fans at Michie Stadium.
It was a day in which both teams saw the end zone frequently. The Hurricane amassed its fourth straight game of 40 points, while Army's 39 points was a season-high. Tulsa totaled 600 yards, while Army had 491 yards of offense. Paul Smith threw for 390 yards and two TDs, while Tarrion Adams gained 118 yards and two TDs rushing.
After the Hurricane took its first lead of the game, 28-24, just before halftime, the Cadets scored out of the gates in the second half and took a 31-28 lead at the 10:20 mark of the third quarter. Army scored on a nine-yard pass to Jeremy Trimble.
Tulsa went just 36 yards in four plays to retake the lead, 35-31 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. Tarrion Adams scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a seven-yard run around right end. The Hurricane put seven more points on the board with 13:42 left in the game as Smith hit Trae Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown, capping a 12-play, 70-yard drive.
The score gave the Hurricane an 11-point lead, 42-31, but the Cadets scored to cut the lead to just three points as Tony Dace ran nine yards, and Carson Williams threw the two-point conversion to Justin Larson. Tulsa went to the Army six-yard line before losing a fumble, and giving the Cadets a chance to take the lead. The Tulsa defense held on fourth-down and gave the Hurricane offense the ball back at the Army 11-yard line when Smith ran in from one-yard out on the third play to give Tulsa a 49-39 cushion with 1:33 left in the game.
As much of the entire game unfolded, the first quarter was an exciting one for the fans at Michie Stadium as the two teams totaled 28 points.
Army shut down Tulsa on the first Hurricane possession, and wasted little time in scoring itself on a 37-yard pass from Carson Williams to Justin Larson, capping a two-play 94-yard drive, marking the first time this year that the Black Knights have scored on their first possession.
The Hurricane responded in just 1:19 marching 91 yards in five plays. After a 60-yard pass from Smith to Brennan Marion, Adams ran in from three yards out for the score.
The Knights took its next possession 57 yards in seven plays as Williams threw 35 yards to Jeremy Trimble for a 14-7 lead.
The Hurricane responded with a 69-yard scoring drive and converted the touchdown on a halfback pass by Adams to Cameron Clemons for 18 yards.
The Cadets had their third straight possession and their third straight score, as Owen Tolson connected on a 35-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead with 12:45 left in the first half. Army kept up its scoring, tallying a 26-yard touchdown run for its fourth straight scoring drive, giving the Cadets a 24-14 lead at the 7:26 mark of the first half.
Tulsa cut the Army lead to three points, 24-21, at the 5:21 mark of the second period as the Hurricane marched 80 yards in 2:05 as A.J. Whitmore took a reverse for a 14-yard touchdown.
A 40-yard Army field goal attempt went wide left, and the Hurricane took possession with 0:35 on the first half clock. On the third play if the drive, Smith connected with Marion in the end zone in stride for a 50-yard TD pass to take its first lead of the game at 28-24.
Tulsa will look to clinch the Conference USA West Division title next week when the Hurricane travels to Houston to face the Rice Owls on Saturday, November 24, the final regular season home game for both schools. A Tulsa win would put the Hurricane in the C-USA Championship game for the second time in three years.
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