3:30 PM ET, September 20, 2003
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Tulane's senior quarterback J.P. Losman was determined to beat Army at least once in his career.
Losman passed for 350 yards and five touchdowns as Tulane (3-1) held off a late Army rally and beat the Black Knights 50-33 Saturday. The win ended a three-game losing skid to Army (0-3) in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
"They got me all three years so far and as a leader, I'm not going to let it happen again," said Losman, who has passed for more than 300 yards in every game this year. "For the rest of my life, no matter what I do from here on out, I could win 20 Super Bowls and still I would look back and see I never beat Army."
Roydell Williams caught three TD passes as Tulane handed Army its 10th straight home loss and fifth straight overall.
Tulane opened the game with a 70-yard drive capped by a 13-yard TD run by Kris Coleman. In the second quarter, Williams' 3-yard TD catch completed a 65-yard drive.
Tulane got its third TD with 2:34 left in the half as Losman hooked up with Williams on a 31-yard scoring pass. That gave the Green Wave a 22-6 halftime lead after Anthony Zurisko hit two field goals for Army.
Momentum swung the Black Knights' way in the second half, but two lost fumbles and an interception cost Army several scoring chances.
"You can't have turnovers," Army quarterback Zac Dahman said. "We were driving the ball consistently. The run game started working at the beginning of the game and we also had the passing game. I threw way too many interceptions and fumbled the ball too much."
The Black Knights got their first touchdown on Dahman's 28-yard pass to Aaron Alexander early in the third quarter.
Dahman finished the day with 308 yards passing, the fifth-highest total in Army history, and two TDs. He threw four interceptions.
Losman said his team, with a seemingly comfortable lead, let up in the third quarter.
"They definitely did, I could see it in their eyes, the way they were breaking from the huddle, thinking we were better than them," Losman said. "You can't do that. Not here."
On Army's next possession, Tulane defensive back Joey Dawson picked up a fumble by Dahman and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. In the next series, another fumble by the Army quarterback at the Tulane 21 stopped a drive.
Army got the ball back on the Tulane 30 after a partially blocked punt, but Tulane's Trawick Boger picked off a pass to thwart the scoring opportunity.
"I really think that's the difference in the game," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said. "They turned the ball over five times and it's really hard to beat anyone doing that."
In the fourth quarter, Carlton Jones capped a 51-yard drive for Army, scoring with a 28-yard TD run to trim Tulane's lead to 29-19. Jones had 119 yards rushing on 22 carries. It was the second 100-yard game of his career and the first time an Army back ran for more than 100 yards in a game since Jones did it last season against Tulane.
Tulane then came back with Losman passing to Mewelde Moore and Williams for two more TDs to make it 43-19.
"They got momentum back and that was a big drive for our offense, to answer that challenge and get the crowd out of the game," Scelfo said. "They had us on our heels. I give them a lot of credit. They kept fighting, but so did our team."
Army again responded, scoring two more TDs. The second score, a 1-yard TD run by Dahman with 4:20 left, pulled Army within 10.
But Losman then answered with a 22-yard TD pass to Tristan Smith, putting the game out of reach.
Moore's touchdown gave him 32 for his career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Tulane all-time list.