Paul Smith one of nation's finest

He's one of the best quarterback's in the nation you never heard of and he's invading Michie Stadium on Saturday. Last week, Rutgers star running back Ray Rice tore up Army on the ground. Tulsa senior quarterback Paul Smith hopes to beat the slumping Black Knights through the air.

Smith has lit up just about everyone he's faced this year and is near the top in several NCAA passing categories. He's passed for 3,496 yards with 32 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The 3,496 passing yards ranks Smith third in the country behind Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (4,878) and Louisville's Brian Brohm (3,574). Smith is sixth in the nation in passing efficiency (160.1 rating) and 19th in completions per game (22.8).

"(Smith) has a lot of skill people around him," Army coach Stan Brock said. "He makes it work. He has a lot of people he can throw the ball to and has some great running backs he can hand the ball off to and he can take off and run on his own. It's going to be a challenge for us to be disciplined and know where we go and know where we fit."

If Smith chucks it like he did in Tulsa's 56-7 win over Houston last week, Army could be in trouble. Smith passed for 313 yards and five touchdowns and set both season and career passing school records during the game. He broke TJ Rubley's career record and Billy Guy Anderson's 1965 single-season record. Smith also tied the single season touchdown passes record of 32 which was set by Jerry Rhome in 1964. He now has 9,338 career passing yards.

"We faced a lot of (high-powered offenses) this year," Army defensive end Brandon Thompson said. "A lot of shotgun teams with a fast quarterback and a fast running back, so by now we have a little better strategy for the defensive line, linebackers and secondary. I think that playing against Central Michigan, Georgia Tech and Rutgers will really help us with this game."

Extra points: It will be an emotional day at Michie Stadium Saturday as 37 seniors play their last home game.

"It's bittersweet. I'm excited because it's another game and another chance to show what I've got this weekend and then it's hard because four years have passed and I wouldn't have thought it could go by this quickly," Army wide receiver Jeremy Trimble said. "I'm just trying to go out with a bang and hopefully get a win this weekend and go out on a positive note." ...... Tulsa is 7-3 under first-year coach Todd Graham. He led Rice to a blowout win over Army at Michie last season ......Army has someone to watch out for on the defensive side of the ball, too, against Tulsa: Senior linebacker Chris Chamberlain was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Houston. He put up a career-high 20 tackles, adding a sack and an interception. Chamberlain now has a team-high 119 tackles on the season and ranks sixth nationally in total tackles and fourth for solo tackles. Top Stories