Williams gives Army a chance

Carson Williams (Getty/ Jim Rogash)

Looks like the kid is going to be all right, after all. Carson Williams finally lived up to the hype surrounding his arrival to West Point, throwing for 328 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-39 loss to Tulsa two Saturdays ago. Of course, it was the Black Knights' fifth straight loss of the season. Indeed, a downer.

But we will all feel a lot better if Army can beat bitter rival Navy on Dec. 1 in Baltimore.

Before yesterday, there was little hope for Army. The Black Knights' offense seemed dead. However, if Williams can chuck it against Navy like he did against Tulsa, Army has a chance to pull of the upset.

Army still has to figure out to stop Navy's offense. The Midshipmen are ranked 107th out of 119 teams in the nation in defense, allowing 458.27 yards per game.

Go get em' Carson. The sophomore sure did against Tulsa, putting up, by far, his best performance as a starter.

"(Williams) made some clutch plays when he needed to and was calm and saw the field better," Army coach Stan Brock said. "When he had pressure on him, he made some great decisions. One play, when he was being pressured, he just took the sack and we were able to kick the field goal. I think he made some smart decisions today and keeps getting better."

Williams established career highs in pass completions (28), attempts (36) and passing yards (328) against Tulsa. His previous career passing high was 201 yards in a blowout loss to Central Michigan earlier this year. Williams put up the fourth highest passing day in Army history, marking the first 300-yard passing game by a Black Knight since Zac Dahman went over 300 at Hawaii on Nov. 22, 2003.

Williams was a sophomore at Cullman (Ala.) High back then. Now, he's a sophomore at the Academy. A lot has changed in his life and you could chalk up some of his adjustment period to the rigors of West Point and learning a new system. Numbers aside against Tulsa, Williams carried himself differently on the field. He looked more confident and zipped the ball around the field like an experienced gunslinger.

"I played like I should play every other game," Williams said. "Not that I'm pleased with the outcome of the game, but with my overall performance, I'd say I'm pleased."

Keep it going against Navy Carson and a lot of other people will be pleased, too.

Extra points: Win or lose against Army, Navy will retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, because the Midshipmen already beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army.

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