NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Army West Point football team dropped a heartbreaking 21-17 decision at Tulane on Saturday afternoon at Yulman Stadium.
In a back-and-forth affair, Army took the 17-14 edge with 5:32 remaining in the game after Connor Slomka muscled his way five yards into the end zone. This play came immediately following his 4th-and-1 conversion.
Tulane did not go away, however, using the final minutes to draw up a game-winning scoring drive. The home team used 19 plays to get 75 yards in 5:09 to stun the Black Knights and leave them trailing with 23 seconds remaining. During the Green Wave’s final drive, they converted on all three of their fourth-down opportunities. It started on 4th-and-8 from their own 27, followed by a 4th-and-3 from their own 44, before they capped things off with a 4th-and-1 from the Army six.
The Green Wave managed to go just 2-of-11 on third-down conversions, while the Black Knights finished 8-of-17. Turnovers and fourth-down conversions seemed to be the difference in the game as Army compiled three turnovers and a 2-of-4 mark on fourth downs. Tulane did not turn the ball over and went 3-of-3 when it counted the most.
Andy Davidson finished with 26 carries and a career-high 130 yards on the ground. It was the junior’s sixth career 100-yard rushing game. Ahmad Bradshaw was Army’s next best ball carrier with 65 yards, followed by Kell Walker who had 59 yards. Bradshaw finished 0-for-3 in the passing game with an interception.
James Nachtigal led the team with five tackles, including four solo stops. Cole Christiansen and James Gibson compiled 4.5 and four tackles, respectively.
The Black Knights return to Michie Stadium this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Texas-El Paso.