Sept. 22, 2007
Tulane 35, Southeastern Louisiana 27
Tulane Game 3
New Orleans, La.
Today's game marked the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams, and the first in the Louisiana Superdome. With tonight's 35-27 win over Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane improves to 4-0 all-time against the Lions.
The win over the Lions gives new Tulane head coach Bob Toledo his first career win with the Green Wave. With the victory, Toledo improves to 79-70 all-time as a collegiate head coach.
Tulane is now 17-12 vs. non-conference opponents (at the time of the competition) since the 2000 season, including a pair of wins over Southeastern Louisiana.
Senior running back Matt Forté set a boatload of records on Saturday with 303 yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries. His rushing total set a Tulane and Conference USA record and his touchdowns set a Tulane mark while tying the league's standard.
Forté's 303 rushing yards breaks the former Tulane record of 249 (28 carries, 1 TD) set by Mewelde Moore vs. Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2001. The former C-USA rushing record was 300 yards, set by Houston's Joffrey Reynolds vs. East Carolina on Nov. 9, 2002.
Matt Forté's 312 all-purpose yards (303 rushing, nine receiving) against Southeastern Louisiana stands ranks second in school history, trailing only the mark of 336 (249 rushing, 87 receiving) set by Mewelde Moore vs. Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2001. Moore's record is also the C-USA standard.
Forté's five touchdowns eclipses the former Tulane mark of four set by Charles "Peggy" Flournoy vs. Louisiana Tech on Nov. 7, 1925 and tied by Tony Converse vs. Louisiana Tech on Nov. 26, 1998. Prior to Saturday's ballgame, five C-USA backs scored five touchdowns on the ground - Houston's Antowain Smith vs. Southern Miss (Nov. 9, 1996), Louisville's Leroy Collins vs. Western Kentucky (Oct. 31, 1998), Army's Carlton Jones vs. South Florida (Oct. 16, 2004), Louisville's Eric Shelton vs. East Carolina (Oct. 2, 2004) and Marshall's Ahmad Bradshaw vs. UTEP (Nov. 18, 2006). It also ties a Superdome record, originally set by TCU's Tony Jeffery vs. Tulane on Sept. 13, 1986.
With 303 yards tonight vs. Southeastern Louisiana, running back Matt Forté now has 2,573 rushing yards for his career. That moves him into sole possession of third place on the Tulane career mark, surpassing Jamaican Dartez (2,284 from 1995-98), Don Zimmerman (2,369 from 1930-32) and Bill Banker (2,516 from 1927-29). He is 522 yards behind Eddie Price (3,095 from 1946-49) for second place on Tulane's all-time list. Mewelde Moore holds the Tulane career rushing mark of 4,364 yards from 2000-03.
With five rushing touchdowns tonight, Matt Forté now has 22 career rushing touchdowns, which moves him into seventh-place in the Tulane record book. His performance against the Lions broke a three-way tie with Marvin Christian (1977-79) and Ronny Quillian (1955-56), and moved him ahead of Mewelde Moore (21 TDs from 2000-03).
With 40 carries vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Matt Forté now has 543 rushing attempts for his career, which moves him into third place in the Tulane record book. He trails second-placed Terrence Jones (578 from 1985-88) by 35 carries. Mewelde Moore holds the career carries mark with 909 from 2000-03).
With 312 all-purpose yards vs. SLU, Matt Forté now has 3,356 all-purpose yards (2,573 rushing, 783 receiving) for his career, which moves him into 10th place on Tulane's career listing. He moved past P.J. Franklin (3,294 from 1995-98), is 23 yards behind ninth-placed JaJuan Dawson (3,379 from 1996-99) and 276 yards away from eighth-placed Eddie Price (3,632 from 1946-49).
Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Williams, who did not start tonight's game vs. Southeastern Louisiana due to an ankle injury, did not catch a pass in a game he has played in for the first time in his collegiate career. Williams' streak is now snapped at 13.
Senior defensive back Joe Goosby, who lined up at linebacker for most of the ballgame as the Green Wave took the field primarily in a nickel defense, posted a career-high with 16 tackles (10 solo, six assists) vs. Southeastern Louisiana. His previous high of 11 came last season in a 38-24 victory over Rice on Oct. 7, 2006, in the Louisiana Superdome.
Senior defensive tackle Antonio Harris posted career highs in tackles (11), tackles for loss (4.0 for 16 yards lost) and sacks (3.0 for 15 yards lost). His three sacks eclipsed his previous high of one and a half, and were the most by a Tulane player since Daniel Nevil nabbed the quarterback three times in a 41-7 win over Southern on Sept. 29, 2001, in the Louisiana Superdome.
Southeastern Louisiana's return of a blocked punt for a touchdown marked the first time a Tulane opponent accomplished that feat since Nov. 9, 2002, when TCU's Cody McCarty blocked a Seth Marler punt in part of a 17-10 Horned Frogs win in Fort Worth, Texas.
Saturday's game marked the collegiate debut of true freshman Darren deRochemont. deRochemont handled all kickoff duties for the Green Wave, averaging 59.5 yards on six kickoffs, and a pair of solo tackles on special teams.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 37th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen.