Aug 31, 2002
By BRETT MARTEL
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mewelde Moore ran for 147 yards and turned a short reception into a 44-yard touchdown as Tulane opened with a 37-19 victory over Division I-AA Southern on Saturday.
New Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman completed 13 of 23 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 4-yard TD run. Losman, who took over for Patrick Ramsey, was 5-for-5 on the Green Wave's first drive, which ended with Losman rolling out and finding James Dunn for an 18-yard touchdown.
Texas transfer Victor Ike ran for 92 yards on 11 carries for the Jaguars. His 42-yard gain set up Southern's first score.
Tulane's defense held Southern scoreless until Quincy Richard hit Al'Trevion Joubert for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:20 left in the third quarter. Tulane also held strong on Southern's next drive, when the Jaguars were primed to get back into the game on first-and-goal from the 10.
After Richard fell on a fumbled snap for a 9-yard loss, Tulane sacked him twice for 12 more yards. Richard left the game after the second hit. On fourth-and-goal from the 31, backup quarterback Anthony Fisher had Michael Hayes open near the end zone but overthrew him.
Moore scored his touchdown on Tulane's next drive to make the score 27-6 with just under 12 minutes left.
Lynaris Elpheage had two interceptions and a 38-yard punt return for Tulane. But he also fumbled a punt return near midfield to set up Southern's second touchdown, a 5-yard run by Fisher with 4:43 to go.
Tulane's final score came when Sean Lucas scooped up a fumble by Drayton Bridges and ran it back 76 yards for a touchdown.
Richard finished 21-for-32 for 157 yards and one touchdown. Fisher was 9-of-18 for 122 yards and a touchdown. Each threw and interception. Hayes caught nine passes for 98 yards.
Seth Marler connected on field goals of 41, 39 and 21 yards for Tulane.
After his strong opening drive, Losman completed just 2 of his next 7 passes
on Tulane's next four possessions, which all ended with punts. He was pulled
for a couple of series but returned late in the second half and hit all three
passes he attempted on Tulane's second touchdown drive.