Army reached the midway point in the 2010 season Saturday with a 41-23 win over Tulane, and with four wins the Black Knights are now two-thirds of the way towards becoming bowl-eligible.
Sophomore fullback Jared Hassin ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Army rushing attack, which compiled a season-high 312 yards against the Green Wave defense.
Sophomore quarterback Trent Steelman followed up the best game of his Army career last week with 85 yards and a touchdown rushing and 31 yards and a touchdown passing. Army did not attempt a pass in the second half.
Defensively, corner back Antuan Aaron led Army with seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive end Josh McNary added two sacks, continuing his relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks and his run towards the Lombardi Trophy.
Army’s first possession resulted in a Hassin touchdown. After Tulane responded by capitalizing on an Army turnover, Army created a turnover of their own and scored on a Steelman pass to wide receiver Davyd Brooks. Army forced another fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Alex Carlton hit a 35-yard field goal to make the score 17-7.
Army scored again in the second quarter, with Steelman running in from 1 yard out to make the score 24-7. Army then scored on its opening second half possession to push their lead to 31-7.
Tulane then embarked on a 92-yard drive, finally answering the Army avalanche of points. Army answered on its next possession with another field goal to make the score 34-15.
Another Tulane touchdown and two-point conversion brought the score to 34-23. Tulane’s onside kick was recovered and returned to the Tulane 8 yard line. Brian Cobbs would score from six yards out to put the finishing touches on a 41-23 Army win.
What Went Right: FB Jared Hassin. It was good to see Hassin have another big game. He had been somewhat quiet the last two weeks and it is important that he continues to produce and provide an inside rushing threat for the Army offense. It was also good to see the passing game produce a touchdown and keep defense on their toes.
What Went Wrong: If anything can be complained about, it would be the defense. To give up a 92-yard scoring drive is unacceptable, especially this year’s Army defense. They are better than that. The overall effort was good though, and McNary and Aaron stood out.
Player of the Game: FB Jared Hassin. Hassin was the main cog in the Army offense Saturday, and it was good to see him run comfortably after dealing with some back issues the past few weeks. If he can continue performing this way, the Army offense will be tough to stop from here on out.
Final Word: Army won a game they were expected to win. Good teams win games they should win. Army took care of business, and relatively comfortably. As states they need two more wins to qualify for a bowl game, and that looks to be easily attainable. I still feel confident in my eight win prediction for this team. Army travels to East Rutherford next Saturday to face Rutgers.
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Written by Donald Lappe
Senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Double Major in Media & Society and United States History. Also writing for TapouT Magazine and MMA Worldwide Magazine.