2:00 PM ET, October 28, 2006
MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Apparently homecoming and Army bring out the best in Tulane senior quarterback Lester Ricard and the Green Wave offense.
Ricard passed for 409 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Tulane to a 42-28 non-conference victory against the Black Knights.
It was the second-highest passing yardage of Ricard's career; he threw for 417 against UAB on Oct. 23, 2004 -- the last time the Green Wave played a homecoming game in New Orleans.
Tulane's point total and yardage total (586) were its highest since a 45-31 victory over Army on Nov. 13, 2004, when the Green Wave gained 593 yards.
For the third consecutive game, Ricard was not sacked. In addition, running back Matt Forte had his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game.
"I felt confident behind my offensive line," said Ricard, who completed passes to nine different receivers. "They were consistent. I was consistent throwing the football and the receivers were consistent catching it. Matt made a lot of plays. We really got things moving."
"I think Lester's a lot more comfortable now than he was earlier in the season," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said. "He has four new starters on the offensive line this season and it takes a quarterback a while to get comfortable behind a new line."
Forte rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for the Green Wave (3-5). He also caught five passes for 54 yards.
Army freshman quarterback Carson Williams, making his first collegiate start, completed 16-of-24 for 194 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Tim Dunn caught four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
"I thought he did a good job for a first-time freshman," Black Knights coach Bobby Ross said. "You don't want to play freshmen at West Point. He hung in there very well. He had a couple of interceptions early in the game, but after that I felt he was OK."
The Black Knights (3-6) trailed 17-6 at halftime, but got within 17-13 on the first possession of the second half when Williams threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Walter Hill.
Tulane extended its lead to 30-13 on Andre Anderson's 4-yard touchdown run and Ricard's 23-yard touchdown pass to Batiste.
Army struck back on Williams' 71-yard touchdown pass to Dunn late in the third quarter.
Tulane increased the lead to 36-20 when Forte scored on a 9-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Green Wave made it 42-20 on Ricard's 5-yard pass to Ratcliff. The Black Knights blocked three of Brian Thevenot's extra-point attempts.
With 4:19 left in the game, Williams threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dunn and a 2-point conversion pass to Corey Anderson to pull Army to the final score, 42-28.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-10||7-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||7:32||BRIAN KING 15 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (ROSS THEVENOT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 27 yards.
|FG||3:32||AUSTIN MILLER 44 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards.
|FG||14:43||ROSS THEVENOT 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yards.
|FG||5:55||AUSTIN MILLER 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||0:58||MATT FORTE 3 YD RUN (ROSS THEVENOT KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||12:55||WALTER HILL 16 YD PASS FROM CARSON WILLIAMS (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 16 yards.
|TD||9:55||ANDRE ANDERSON 4 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||3:06||MICHAEL BATISTE 23 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (ROSS THEVENOT KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 93 yards.
|TD||2:32||TIM DUNN 71 YD PASS FROM CARSON WILLIAMS (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||14:04||MATT FORTE 9 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||5:50||GABE RATCLIFF 5 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||4:19||TIM DUNN 10 YD PASS FROM CARSON WILLIAMS (COREY ANDERSON 2PT PASS FROM CARSON WILLIAMS)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 61 yards.