Tigers Roll Over Army, 42-10
Nov 17, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Danny Wimprine and Memphis moved one step closer to the possibility of the school's first bowl bid in 30 years.
Wimprine passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score as the Tigers defeated Army 42-10 Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Memphis (5-5, 3-3 Conference USA), looking for its first winning record since 1994, plays host to Cincinnati next weekend in its final game of the regular season.
While a 6-5 mark wouldn't guarantee a bowl date, just becoming eligible means progress for the Tigers.
"I don't want to sound like nothing is ever good enough," Memphis coach Tommy West said. "But I think that if you look back at where we are coming from, then this kind of win becomes important for us."
Wimprine's four TD passes tied a school record. He set a Memphis mark by taking part in five touchdowns.
"I think they are much more creative," Army coach Toddy Berry said of the Memphis offense. "Anytime you are creative, you have a chance to make more plays."
Army (2-8, 2-5) allowed long scoring drives by Memphis and was plagued by turnovers. Memphis converted two Black Knight miscues into touchdowns and scored on drives of 98 and 95 yards.
The Black Knights played without second-leading rusher Josh Holden and leading passer Chad Jenkins, both out with injuries.
"When you are conservative, you are not going to make a lot of plays," Berry said. "We have to learn to play aggressively. Otherwise, we lose 24-10, and we continue to lose 24-10 because you never try to win."
Wimprine ran for 55 yards and completed 12 of 21 passes. He connected with Antoine Harden on scoring passes of 12 and 67 yards, hit Bunkie Perkins for a 38-yard TD pass and Ryan Jonson for a 3-yarder. His 1-yard run came as the Tigers pulled away at the end.
Dante Brown, the Tigers' leading rusher with 80 yards on 18 carries, had the other Memphis score on a 6-yard, second-quarter run, giving the Tigers to a 21-3 halftime lead.
A 41-yard field goal by Derek Jacobs gave Army the early lead on the game's opening drive. But the Black Knights could manage only one other score, a 1-yard touchdown by C.J. Young in the third quarter that cut Memphis' lead to 21-10.
Army quarterbacks threw three interceptions, and the Black Knights lost one fumble.