Junior Ray Bourdreaux tallied a career-best 47 yards rushing and added another 17 via kickoff return Saturday at LSU.
Sept. 23, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La.-Tenth-ranked LSU tallied 373 yards of total offense and scored on seven of its 13 possessions to hand Tulane a 49-7 loss in front of 92,135 Saturday evening at Tiger Stadium.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Anthony Scelfo rallied the Green Wave for a pair of long drives late in the game, including a one-yard touchdown run of his own, but the game belonged to the Bayou Bengals. While the Tigers' offense was putting points on the scoreboard, the LSU defense forced six punts, a pair of interceptions and a blocked field goal attempt as the Green Wave dropped its 14th consecutive game to the Tigers dating back to 1983.
"They kept fighting," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said about his team's performance against LSU. "We had some bad turnovers late that let it really get out of hand. I thought our kids fought hard for the most part. I was pleased to see the special teams did a lot better job then last week.
"I thought we came out and competed, and we got beat by a better football team. They're the 10th ranked team and the No. 1 defense in the country. They're a very good football team. We didn't take a step back (tonight)."
Trailing 49-0, Scelfo made his first career appearance in the fourth quarter. He took the field for his second possession of the game and drove the team 41 yards on four plays, culminating with his one-yard touchdown plunge on a quarterback sneak. The score was just the second touchdown allowed all year by the Tigers, and the first in Tiger Stadium since the final game of the regular season last year against Arkansas.
Junior running back Ray Boudreax had a solid night for the Green Wave, running for a career-best 47 yards on six carries while adding 17 yards via kickoff return. Senior wideout Preston Brown was one of eight Green Wave receivers to catch a pass, and led the way with three catches. Jeremy Williams paced the club with 35 receiving yards.
The Tigers wasted little time setting the tone for the game, forcing a three-and-out on Tulane's first drive and scoring nine players later when JaMarcus Russell completed a 12-yard scoring strike to Early Doucet just 4:08 into the contest.
Doucet scored on a 17-yard end around on LSU's next possession to put the Tigers ahead, 14-0, and LSU scored twice more in the second quarter via eight-yard run by Charles Scott and a Russell-to-Doucet four-yard pass to give the homestanding Tigers a 28-0 advantage at the break.
The second half was more of the same, though, as Scott scored from seven yards less then seven minutes into the third quarter, and the Tigers took advantage of a turnover to score again three and a half minutes later when Matt Flynn scored on a five-yard sweep around the left end to give LSU a commanding 42-0 lead.
LSU nickelback Craig Steltz tallied the Tigers' second interception of the ballgame and returned it 76 yards on the final play of the third quarter, and Jacob Hester plunged in from six yards out on the ensuing play to cap the Bayou Bengals' scoring.
Josh Lumar and Joe Goosby paced the Tulane defense with seven tackles apiece, while Louis Thomas and Carlis Jackson followed with six each. Thomas, David Skehan, Avery Williams and Billy Harrison each posted a half a tackle for loss, including a shared sack by Skehan and Harrison.
"You can't come into to Death Valley, make mistakes and expect to win," Avery Williams said. "We knew that we were coming in to. Give credit to LSU. They did what they had to do to in the football game...We're going to go back and watch this film, and we're going to get ready for conference play because it's all we can do to be a bowl contender."
Russell completed 17 of 23 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Craig Harris paced the Tigers with six catches for 86 yards, and Scott led a 172-yard ground-game effort with 101 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Sept. 30, when they play their first game in the Louisiana Superdome since the 2004 season finale, when they take on Conference USA foe SMU at 6:30 p.m. Season and single-game tickets for the 2006 season are currently for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person, via the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, single-game tickets are also available via Ticket Master at www.TicketMaster.com and at all Ticket Master outlets.