3:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008
NEW ORLEANS -- Army fullback Collin Mooney's long wait to get into the end zone was worth it. Once he got started, it seemed like he wouldn't stop.
Mooney, whose only previous touchdown came when he was a sophomore in 2006, ran for four of them and finished with 187 yards on 19 carries in the Black Knights' 44-13 victory over Tulane on Saturday.
"It felt good to get in the end zone again," said Mooney, who scored on a 9-yard run against VMI two years ago. "Id love to do this every game. After the first touchdown I was just like, 'Let's do it again.' I just felt good and wanted to run the ball more."
The win by the Black Knights (1-4) ended a 10-game losing streak dating to a 20-17 overtime victory against Tulane last season. The Green Wave (2-3) lost after winning two straight.
"These kids work hard within the military aspect. The academics are very, very difficult, and then when they come to football I expect them to be a Division I football player," Army coach Stan Brock said. "So all that hard work ... and never to be able to have a smile on your face after a game tears my heart out."
Army had scored just 37 points coming into the game, but was opportunistic in forcing four turnovers -- returning a fumble and an interception for touchdowns.
The Black Knights also blocked a punt to set up their first touchdown and blocked a field when Tulane tried to get within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The Black Knights blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Ross Thevenot, then drove 70 yards to push the lead to 30-13. Mooney capped the drive with a 35-yard run with 9:40 left, and added a 10-yard touchdown about 4 minutes later.
"Finally he popped loose a couple of times, and that's the nice thing about this offense," Brock said. "If there's ever a breakdown, and you can expose it on any given play, you can pop it and make a big play."
Frank Scappaticci intercepted backup quarterback Joe Kemp and ran 35 yards for a touchdown with 2:43 left. Earlier, Scappaticci intercepted Moore.
"That was a poor performance on our part, a comedy of errors," Green Wave coach Bob Toledo said. "I give Army credit because they didn't beat themselves and they played extremely hard."
Army blocked a Tulane punt in the first quarter, setting up Mooney's 4-yard touchdown run.
The Green Wave drove inside the Black Knights 10 moments later, but Moore fumbled while trying to pass and Stephen Anderson picked the ball up and ran 81 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 5:24 left in the quarter.
Mooney's 2-yard run and a 22-yard field goal by Matthew Campbell increased the Black Knights' lead to 23-0 midway through the second quarter.
Tulane finally scored when Andre Anderson scored from a yard out to cut the lead to 23-7 at the half. Anderson had his third straight 100-yard game, gaining 107 yards on 21 carries.
His numbers were no match for Mooney.
"It is definitely a career game and I'll take it with me the rest of my life, definitely," he said. "I'll always remember the Tulane game."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-9||6-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||3-4|
|TD||11:16||Collin Mooney 4 Yd Run (Adam Demarco Kick)||7||0|
|TD||05:24||Stephen Anderson 81 Yd Fumble Return (Adam Demarco Kick)||14||0|
|TD||12:30||Collin Mooney 2 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)||20||0|
|FG||05:38||Matthew Campbell 22 Yd||23||0|
|TD||02:19||Andre Anderson 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)||23||7|
|TD||07:30||Jeremy Williams 49 Yd Pass From Kevin Moore (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||23||13|
|TD||09:40||Collin Mooney 35 Yd Run (Matthew Campbell Kick)||30||13|
|TD||05:32||Collin Mooney 10 Yd Run (Matthew Campbell Kick)||37||13|
|TD||02:43||Frank Scappaticci 35 Yd Interception Return (Matthew Campbell Kick)||44||13|