Army’s trick play blows up as Tulane football prevails

Jake Blancher, Associate Sports Editor

Last Saturday the Tulane football team dominated the now 6-2 Army Knights, 38-12

The Green Wave got off to an early 14-point lead in the first quarter, including a one-play drive consisting of an electric 50-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Amare Jones. Credit must be given to the offensive line, which ripped open a huge hole for Jones to exploit with his explosive speed as he tore across the newly installed turf in Yulman Stadium. Sophomore receiver Jha’Quan Jackson also had a great game, recording 51 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns

NFL draft prognosticators should take notice of edge rusher Patrick Johnson who recorded yet another sack, not only extending his lead for most career sacks for a Tulane player, but also moving into first place for sacks in all of college football this season with 10 in just nine games. NFL quarterbacks also better take notice of Johnson next season when they look across the line of scrimmage. 

After routing Army 38-12 last weekend, the Tulane football team is on a three-game win streak. (Parker Waters)

Nearing the end of the game, the Green Wave scored on a must-see special teams touchdown that was featured on national sports news programs. Army, at this point down by 19 and obviously feeling desperate, attempted to run a trick play on a kickoff return, throwing a lateral across the width of the field at their own 10-yard line. However Tulane senior Jaetevian Toles diagnosed the play immediately and intercepted the lateral attempt before easily taking it to the house for a touchdown to give the Green Wave one final score and seal their victory. 

Tulane will finish its regular season with two tough intraconference matchups against Tulsa and Memphis which are currently 4-1 and 3-2, respectively. If Tulane wins just one of these two games, they will become bowl eligible for the third year in a row, which would be the longest streak of bowl eligibility in Tulane football history. This achievement would be a testament to the sustained success that Head Coach Willie Fritz has instilled into the Green Wave football program.