Sept. 25, 2008
Tulane 34, SMU 27
Tulane Game 4
New Orleans, La.
Tonight's game marked the 17th meeting between Tulane and SMU, and with the win, the Green Wave improved to 12-5 in the all-time series. The victory was also the second in a row for the Wave over the Mustangs following last year's 41-34 overtime victory in Dallas.
Tulane has now won seven of the last eight meetings with SMU, and eight of the last 10 matchups. The Green Wave are now 7-3 against the Mustangs in New Orleans, including a 4-2 mark in the Louisiana Superdome.
The Green Wave's home victory over SMU marks the first time in the last five meetings between Tulane and SMU that the home team won the ballgame. Tulane won a 29-17 decision in Dallas on Sept. 23, 2000, and a 31-10 contest on Sept. 24, 2005, in Dallas. SMU won 33-28, on Sept. 30, 2006, in the Louisiana Superdome, and the Wave emerged victorious last Oct. 20, at Ford Stadium prior to tonight's victory.
With the win, Tulane improves to 2-2 on the year and evens its Conference USA record at 1-1. The victory marks the first time since the 2005 season that the Green Wave sport a non-losing record four games into the season and the first time Tulane has ever sat .500 in the Bob Toledo era.
For the third consecutive week, junior running back André Anderson posted a career high in rushing yards as the native of Stone Mountain, Ga., galloped for 219 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. Anderson previously had 82 rushing yards against #14 East Carolina and 157 last week against Louisiana-Monroe.
André Anderson's 219 rushing yards on Thursday marked the seventh-best in Tulane single-game history. Anderson's yardage total was three yards better than Matt Forté's 216-yard effort against Army on Nov. 16, 2004, and was 19-yards shy of Eddie Price's 238-yard performance against Navy on Nov. 5, 1949.
Anderson's rushing total marks the 140th time that a Green Wave player has rushed for 100-plus yards in a game. His 36 carries, meanwhile, ranks eighth in Tulane single-game history.
Anderson also posted a career-best 257 all-purpose yards on the night with 219 rushing yards and 38 receiving yards on four catches. His all-purpose total ranks seventh in Tulane single-game history, surpassing 271-yard performances by Jerome McIntosh against Vanderbilt (Nov. 18, 1989) and Mewelde Moore against Southern (Sept. 29, 2001).
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore posted the first three-touchdown day of his career, throwing for three scores in the first half. The last time a Tulane quarterback threw for three touchdowns in a game was back on Oct. 28, 2006, when Lester Ricard had three touchdown passes in a 42-28 victory over Army in the Louisiana Superdome - a span of 21 games.
Senior defensive back David Skehan picked off his first pass of the 2008 season on Thursday, intercepting Mustangs quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell with 9:47 left to play in the game's opening quarter. The pick was the ninth of his career, which moves him a five-way tie for ninth place in Tulane history joining Tra Boger (2001-05), David Lee (1972-74), Joe Bullard (1969-71) and Jimmy Glisson (1948-49).
Jeremy Williams' 124-yard receiving day was the second 100-yard effort of the 2008 season and the fifth of his career. The five 100-yard receiving days ranks Williams tied with Jerome McIntosh (1986-89) for eighth in Tulane career history. His yardage total marks the 143rd time a Tulane receiver tallied a 100-yard receiving day and ranks 71st in school single-game history.
Ross Thevenot's extra point following André Anderson's one-yard touchdown run with 8:05 to play in the first half tied the Green Wave's season high point total. Tulane set a season-high in points later in the half when Kevin Moore connected with Jeremy Williams for a 21-yard touchdown strike with 2:15 left to play before halftime. Prior to Tulane's 31-point first-half output, the Green Wave's season high in points was 24 against East Carolina on Sept. 13 and against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 20.
Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Alan Mitchell made his collegiate debut Thursday night against SMU and made it a memorable day as he not only caught the first pass of his career but also his first touchdown when he caught a 23-yard pass from Kevin Moore 6:27 into the ballgame.
With a pair of sacks against the Mustangs, Tulane now has 15 on the year. Tulane entered the ballgame leading the NCAA with 6.67 sacks per game.
Junior Ross Thevenot had a solid day for the Green Wave special teams, punting three times for 168 yards, connecting on 32- and 43-yard field goals, converting all four PATs and kicking off seven times for 443 yards and a touchback. His 43-yard field goal with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter season-long, and his 71-yard punt was the longest by a Green Wave player since Chris Beckman booted a 73-yard effort against East Carolina on Nov. 22, 2003. The 71-yard punt ranks tied for ninth in Tulane history.
The last time Tulane scored more than 31 points in a half was on Oct. 23, 2004 when the Green Wave tallied 35 second-half points against UAB in a 59-55 win at Tad Gormley Stadium. The last time Tulane scored 31 points in the first half was on Oct. 13, 2001, when the Green Wave did so against TCU en route to a 48-22 win the Louisiana Superdome.
Tulane has won the time of possession battle by over eight minutes in all four games this season.
Emmanuel Sanders (115) and Aldrick Robinson (106) both went over 100 yards receiving for the second time this season (other was vs. Texas State)
Had his first career forced fumble
Had a career-high 9 tackles
Will Bonilla - Butkus Award Candidate
played in his 37th career game with 14 career starts
had 7 tackles
Had his first career fumble recovery
Bo Levi Mitchell
Had 3 TD passes (now has 12 on the season)
This is his third game this season with three or more TD passes
His 45-yard TD pass to Aldrick Robinson is his longest TD pass of the season
Terrance Wilkerson was the fifth receiver to catch a TD from Mitchell this season
Had 9 points and now has 178 for his career, moving into 7th at SMU
Had 4 punts for 169 yards; season average is now 45.0
Career punting average is now 44.4, which is first at SMU and tied for first in C-USA
Made multiple field goals for the first time this season and the 10th time in his career
Had 4 receptions for 106 yards
His 45-yard TD reception was his sixth score of the season, it was also his longest TD catch
This was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (172 vs. Texas State)
had a season-high 9 receptions for 115 yards
Had his 7th career 100-yard receiving game, his third this season
now has 2055 career receiving yards to move into 5th at SMU
now has 159 career receptions to move into 5th at SMU
He now has 23 career receiving TDs, moving into 2nd at SMU (record is 25 by Emanuel Tolbert, 1976-79)
His TD catch gives him 138 career points to move into 19th at SMU Justin Smart
Had his first career interception, returning it 35 yards
Had a career-high 12 tackles
Had his first career TD reception
had 1 sack, now has 3.5 for the season and 6 for his career
He has been in on at least one sack in four of five games this year