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Tulane 50, Army 33

9/20/2003

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.