The Tulane University football team takes on Army Saturday at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. The game is the first road trip of the season for the 2007 Green Wave football team.
The ballgame will be broadcast live nationwide on ESPNU.
Tulane, 1-3, dropped their first two games of the season to Mississippi State, 34-17, and Houston, 34-10, before defeating 1-AA Southeastern Louisiana, 35-27. Last weekend the Green Wave fell to No. 1 ranked LSU, 34-9, although Tulane's solid defensive performance in that game is belied by the final score.
Army, 2-3, has victories over 1-AA Rhode Island, 14-7 in overtime, and 37-21 over winless
Temple in their most recent outing. Army has dropped games to Akron, 22-14, Wake Forest,
21-10, and to No.6-ranked Boston College, 37-17.
Tulane is led by a senior running back Matt Forte, who leads the team with 508 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 87 carries while also tying for the team lead in receptions with 12 for another 101 yards.
Junior wide receiver Brian King also has 12 receptions to tie Forté for the team lead in receptions. King's receptions have netted 116 yards. Young Casey Robottom, a redshirt freshman adds seven catches for 142 yards, and leads the team in receiving yardage.
Redshirt sophomore Jeremy Williams, an Honorable-Mention Freshman All-American last season,
has made 6 catches for 135 yards but has been ineffective in recent games.
Redshirt sophomore Anthony Scelfo replaced Scott Elliott at quarterback in the Southeastern
Louisiana game and started against LSU. Scelfo is expected to get his second start against the
Cadets. He's completed 20 passes in 42 attempts, accounting for 192 yards and thrown 2 interceptions.
Tulane is also expected to get Kevin Moore, a redshirt freshman, some game time at quarterback
as Bob Toledo prepares for his team's return to Conference USA action next weekend against
Alabama-Birmingham on the road in Birmingham, Ala.
Tulane's defense has allowed 431.5 yards per game (166.0 rushing, 265.5 passing) but played much of the first third of the season without their best defensive lineman, senior Frank Morton, who has been hampered by a high ankle sprain suffered late in pre-season camp. Morton saw spot action against Mississippi State, and also was available for limited duty in the LSU game. If Morton, 6-foot-2 and 331-pounds, is available on a full time basis the Green Wave defense will be much stouter against the run and better able to pressure the pocket up the middle on passing downs.
Tulane defensive coordinator's Thom Kaumeyer defense has been led by junior linebacker Evan Lee with 42 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss, and senior strong safety Joseph Goosby with 32 tackles. Senior defensive tackle Antonio Harris has posted 20 tackles, including six tackles for loss with five sacks.
Other headliners, junior free safety David Skehan has three interceptions and 26 tackles and junior defensive end Reggie Scott adds three sacks.
The Black Knights offense averages 78.6 yards rushing per game and has scored four rushing
touchdowns. The Army rushing game is led by junior Wesley McMahand 201 yards and two
touchdowns on 58 carries.
Like Tulane, the Cadets have changed quarterbacks since the season opener. Sophomore Carson Williams replaced senior David Peveto in the Rhode Island. Combined, the Army quarterbacks have thrown for 969 yards and three touchdowns, with Williams accounting for 679 yards and all three touchdowns on 52 completions in 112 attempts. Williams has thrown four interceptions.
All told, the Cadets have thrown for 193.8 yards per game.
Williams accounted for both of Army's offensive touchdowns in the Temple game. The 37 points
scored by the Cadets in that game include a defensive score and two returns for scores.
On the other hand, Army turnovers have ld to teo opponent touchdowns.
Army has two explosive receivers in seniors Jeremy Trimble and Corey Anderson. Trimble leads
the Knights with 25 catches for 346 yards and a touchdown, and Anderson is close behind with
12 receptions for 157 yards. Tight end Justin Larson has made 11 catches for 127 yards and
a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, the Cadets yield 152.2 rushing yards and 215.6 passing yards per game, allowing
five rushing and six passing touchdowns on the season.
Outside linebacker Frank Scappaticci leads the squad with 41 tackles, including four for loss
and a sack, two pass break-ups and a pair of fumble recoveries. Defensive back Jordan Murray
and linebacker Brian Chmura add 38 and 36 tackles, respectively, and defensive tackle Ted Bentler paces the Black Knights with three sacks among four and a half tackles behind the line
of scrimmage. Strong safety Caleb Campbell adds 34 tackles.
The Black Knights defense has intercepted four passes, broken up 13 passes and forced 10 fumbles. The results include two defensive touchdowns on returns of a fumble and an interception.
Army's special teams must be an area of concern for Tulane coaches. Punter Owen Tolson averages 45.2 yards per punt.
The Cadet cover units are a weakness as they allow 11.9 yards per punt return, and 24.8 yards
per kickoff return.
Their own return game is a strength for the Black Knights. Jeremy Trimble handles punt returns and averages 20 yards per return on 20 returns, including a return of 85 yards for a score.
Corey Anderson is the primary kick returner and has an 88 yard return for a touchdown to his
credit while averaging 30 yards per return on 14 returns.
Army special teams also scored a touchdown on a blocked punt in the opener against Akron.
Tulane will challenge the Cadet defense with senior running back Matt Forte, who has totalled
461 yards of total offense and six scores in his two prior games against Army. Those figures
include 340 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 58 carries. The Black Knights have had no solution for Forte before this season and are probably still going to struggle with the Forte
problem. If her Tulwne offensive line can control the line of scrimmage, than the Green Wave should post their second win of the season.