Sept. 21, 2013
Syracuse 52, Tulane 17
Tulane Game 4
Saturday's game marked the ninth all-time meeting between Tulane and Syracuse on the gridiron and the fifth of the series played in the Carrier Dome. With the loss, Tulane drops to 8-1 against Syracuse and 1-4 in the Carrier Dome.
With a nine-yard reception on the first drive of the game, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 24 on Saturday at Syracuse. The last time Grant - who missed the final 12 games of the 2011 season due to injury - failed to catch a pass in a game he played in came on Oct. 9, 2010, against Army. He finished the game with 7 receptions for 70 yards and now has multiple-catch outings in each of his last nine contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 150 passes for 2,148 yards (14.32 avg.) and 15 touchdowns.
Senior preseason All-American K Cairo Santos saw his streak of 26 straight field goals made come to an end when his 32-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked. His streak of 26 straight is the second longest in NCAA FBS history. Santos had extended his streak to 26 with a 21-yard make in the first quarter.
Junior RB Rob Kelley scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and the third of his career on a 45-yard scamper in the first quarter. The 45-yard run was the longest of his career, surpassing his 34-yard run last Thursday at Louisiana Tech. Kelley's touchdown marked his first rushing score since he scored at Duke on Sept. 24, 2011.
Kelley's 45-yard run was Tulane's longest run from scrimmage since Orleans Darkwa had a 68-yard run at Houston on Nov. 10, 2011.
Junior WR Justyn Shackleford pulled down his third receiving touchdown of the season and the sixth of his career on a 16-yard fade from Nick Montana late in the second quarter.
Junior QB Nick Montana tossed his eighth touchdown pass of the season late in the second half with a 16-yard fade to Justyn Shackleford.
Shackleford pulled in 106 yards receiving for his second 100-yard game of his career. He had 130 yards against UTEP on Oct. 20, 2012. His two 100-yard games move him into a tie for 17th on Tulane's career 100-yard receiving games list.
Shackleford tied a career-best with seven receptions on Saturday.
For his career, Santos has now scored 254 points after connecting on 50-of-61 field goals (.820) and 104-of-107 PATs (.972). In the Tulane record book, he moved into sole possession of third place in PATs made while remaining first in field goal percentage, third in points scored kicking, fourth in PAT attempts, tied for fifth in PAT percentage, sixth in total points scored and seventh in field goal attempts.
Two Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday at Syracuse; sophomore FS Darion Monroe (16) and senior RG Rio Mares (14).
Redshirt freshman Kedrick Banks made his first career start in Saturday's game.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest at Syracuse were senior RG Rio Mares representing the offense, senior DT Julius Warmsley representing the defense, and junior DS/TE Matt Marfisi representing the special teams.