Victory at Tulane vital to Army

Three wins. Five losses. Where does Army go from here? A win over Tulane keeps alive the Black Knights' fading Poinsettia Bowl hopes. A win over Tulane gives the Black Knights momentum leading into next week's showdown against Air Force. So there is only one thing left to do: Beat Tulane!

The storyline for Army goes like this: Freshman quarterback Carson Williams gets his first career start for Army. He replaces David Pevoto, who has four touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.

While some Army fans prefer that the only think Pevoto pick up the rest of the year is a clipboard, he is expected to play in New Orleans. He was 0-for-5 with no yards against TCU last week. That prompted Army coach Bobby Ross to bench Pevoto in favor of Williams at halftime.

While, Army's offense has slowed in the last two weeks, from Pevoto, to the offensive line to the running game, Tulane's offense appears on the verge of a breakout.

The Green Wave (2-5) didn't play poorly in a 38-13 loss to Auburn last week. Check out some of the offensive stats:

Running back Matt Forte rushed for 117 yards. Quarterback Lester Ricard completed 20-of-39 passes with a touchdown.

Wide receivers Preston Brown and Demarcus Davis combined for 17 receptions and 265 yards. "Last Saturday, there was a lot of good that came out of that game - a lot of positives," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said. "Going into the game against Auburn we felt like we had to match their toughness, their physical play, and I thought our kids did that. We competed hard, as I said improved from where we were a month ago, and if we continue to do that then we have a chance."

Army and Tulane last met in 2004 with the Green Wave winning 45-31. Forte rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Ricard passed for 227 yards and a touchdown, before leaving the game with an injury.

"I really believe it's going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes," Scelfo said of the Army game. "They've haven't been giving up many yards and they've been getting a lot of yards. They sort of have had the same problem that we've had, the turnover bug, the last couple of weeks. I know they're concentrating hard on that and we will too."

Extra points: This marks just Tulane's third home game since Hurricane Katrina hit last August ... The 389 yards of offense by Tulane last week is the most Auburn has allowed all year ... The Green Wave lead the all-time series with Army 6-5-1.


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