Fullback Joe Hewitt rushed for a career-best 161 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday as undefeated Army broke the Air Force jinx and beat the Falcons 23-7.
It was a sweet victory for Army (9-0), which had lost seven straight games to Air Force (5-4) in the fierce rivalry and this season had beaten only one team with a winning record. The Black Knights, who boosted their winning streak to 11, matched the school's best mark at this stage since Earl "Red' Blaik's 1949 team finished at 9-0. Army can win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, emblematic of service-academy supremacy, for the first time since 1988 by beating Navy next month.Army, which entered the game ranked second in the nation against the run - 67 yards per game - never allowed the powerful Air Force ground game to get untracked, and that was the difference. It stuffed Air Force's all-everything quarterback, Beau Morgan, at every turn, holding him to 6 yards rushing on 11 carries. Morgan entered the game averaging 148 yards rushing, fourth in the nation.
The Falcons, ranked second nationally behind Army in rushing with a 354-yards average, finished with 69 yards rushing. Army gained 260 yards on 61 rushes.
Hewitt, who had 29 carries, stole Morgan's thunder, scoring touchdowns on 4-yard runs in the second and fourth quarters.
Texas Christian 31, Tulsa 24
At Tulsa, Okla., Basil Mitchell rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns, including a late 74-yard dash, as Texas Christian rallied to beat Tulsa.
The Horned Frogs (4-5, 3-3 WAC) scored four touchdowns in the second half and handed Tulsa (3-6, 1-5) its fourth straight loss.
The Golden Hurricane blew a 10-0 lead, allowing Texas Christian to go ahead 24-17 in the fourth quarter. Tulsa tied the score with 2:40 to go, but Mitchell's final touchdown one minute later put Texas Christian up for good.
Colorado St. 42, Fresno St. 20
At Fresno, Calif., Calvin Branch rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns to lead Colorado State to victory against Fresno State.
Colorado State (7-4 overall, 6-1 WAC) scored less than a minute into the game and built a 21-0 lead over Fresno State (4-5, 3-3) in the second quarter.
Colorado State, tied for first place in the WAC Pacific Division, intercepted three passes.
SMU 30, UTEP 0
At El Paso, Texas, Donte Womack rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns and Jacoby Rhinehart returned a fumble 97 yards for a score as Southern Methodist blanked Texas-El Paso 30-0 Saturday.
Womack's first score came after the first of four first-half turnovers by UTEP. Miner running back Paul Smith fumbled at the UTEP 11. Three plays later, Womack went four yards to put the Mustangs (4-6, 3-4 Western Athletic Conference) up 7-0.