Army's defense struggles in loss to Tulane

The Army Black Knights lost their third straight of the 2003 season Saturday against the Tulane Green Wave. Quarterback J.P. Losman passed for 350 yard and 5 touchdowns to lead the Greenies to the win. Army had great offensive production as well but numerous turnovers would doom the Cadets.

It started out as a good day for the Army offense as they drove and scored in their first two drives by converting field goals, but the defense couldn't step it up in another Army loss.

Tulane's offense got things going when J.P. Losman completed a pass to Roydel Williams for 3 yards to the put Tulane on the board first, 7-0.

Anthony Zurisko kicked a 43-yard field goal to bring Army within 4 at 7-3.

A 31-yard Losman touchdown pass to Roydel Williams helped increase Tulane's lead to 11 at 14-3.

Army marched down into the Tulane red zone but Anthony Zurisko was called in again to kick another Army field goal. Army trailed 14-6.

A beautiful pass from Zac Dahman to Aaron Alexander put the Cadets on the board in the second half. Army trailed the Wave 22-13.

Joey Dawson of Tulane returned fumble 48 yards for a touchdown to increase the Green Wave lead to 29-13. Army would fumble 5 times on the day, losing 3.

A 19-yard run by Carlton Jones brought Tulane back within Army's reach at 29-19. Jones rushed for 119 yards on 22 carries for the Black Knights.

Tulane's Losman responded by completing a 48-yard touchdown pass to Mewelde Moore. Tulane now led the Cadets 36-19.

Losman completed his second scoring pass of the day to Roydell Williams, this time from 9-yards out. Williams caught 6 passes for 74 yards on the day. Tulane led by 24 at 43-19.

Aaron Alexander caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dahman to inch Army closer Army 26 Tulane 43. Alexander had an incredible day, catching 12 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

An Army successful on-sides-kick and a 4th and 10 conversion gave the Cadets a chance to make a 1-yard touchdown by Dahman. Army had pulled to within 10 at 43-33 but little time remained in the game.

Dahman passed for over 308 yards and completed 26 of 43 passing attempts. His four interceptions combined with the numerous Army fumbles proved costly for the Cadets.

Tulane quickly struck again as J.P. Losman threw a 32-yard pass to Tristen Smith.

The loss brings Army's record to 0-3. Next Saturday the Cadets will face South Florida at Michie Stadium.

Tulane visits Texas next Saturday.


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