Quarterback Joe Gerena scored on a seven-yard run in the second overtime, and Michael Wallace rushed for a school record 269 yards and four touchdowns as Army beat Louisville, 59-52, in a wild game last night in West Point, N.Y.
Louisville overcame a 45-17 halftime deficit to force overtime, but came up just short in the second extra period.
"I told the team that I was totally embarrassed in the first half, but I've never been more proud of the way we came out in the second half," said Louisville Coach John L. Smith. "This was an unbelievable game."
After Gerena scored in the second overtime, Louisville started from the Army 25 and gained a first down at the 12. But the drive stalled and, on fourth and seven from the 8, Chris Redman threw an incomplete pass to end the game.
In the first overtime, Louisville (3-3, 0-1 Conference USA) took the lead on Frank Moreau's 10-yard touchdown run. Army (2-3, 1-2) tied it on Gerena's nine-yard scoring pass to Brandon Rooney.
Wallace carried 19 times and broke Army's single-game rushing record of 253 yards, set by Charlie Jarvis against Boston College in 1968.
Wallace rushed for four touchdowns in the first half as Army built a 45-17 lead. The scoring runs covered 32, 1, 78 and 67 yards.
But Louisville rallied to tie it with four touchdowns in the second half. Two came on one-yard scoring runs by Moreau. Redman also threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Ibn Green and a five-yarder to Lavell Boyd.
Army gained 564 yards, and Louisville had 489.
Redman completed 36 of 50 passes for 366 yards. Gerena was 5 of 10 for 84 and also ran 15 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns.
* SYRACUSE 24, PITTSBURGH 17: Troy Nunes threw three touchdown passes in the first half, one a desperation heave on a botched field-goal attempt, and No. 18 Syracuse held off host Pittsburgh.