Sept. 30, 2006
SMU 33, Tulane 28
Tulane Game 4
New Orleans, La.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 26th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team. In addition, sophomore center Michael Parenton started his 15th consecutive contest along the offensive line. Both players have now started every game of their collegiate careers.
Saturday's ballgame marked Tulane first home game in the Louisiana Superdome since Dec. 4, 2004. Prior to today's SMU contest, the Green Wave had played 14 consecutive games away from home. The game was the first Green Wave contest in the 'Dome in 664 days.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against SMU. Tulane's last loss to SMU came on Oct. 5, 1991 when the Mustangs won 31-17. Since then, Tulane defeated SMU 13-12 in 1992, 31-21 in 1998, 53-19 in 1999, 29-17 in 2000 and 31-10 last year.
Ray Guy Award candidate Chris Beckman made his return to the lineup, punting for the first time since the third quarter of Tulane's Sept. 16 contest at Mississippi State. Beckman did not punt the remainder of that game and did not punt at all last week at LSU. He did the rest of games, however, serving as the Green Wave's holder.
David Skehan's interception and subsequent return for a touchdown were both the first of his collegiate career. Skehan's touchdown was the first pick-6 for Tulane since Bruce Youmans and Tra Boger both returned interceptions for touchdowns vs. Marshall on Oct. 29, 2005 in a Green Wave "home" game played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Lester Ricard completed 29-of-48 passes for 394 yards on the day. The game marked the sixth time in his career that Ricard eclipsed the 300-yard mark. His yardage total was the second most of his career, trailing only a 417-yard performance against UAB on Oct. 23, 2004, and is the seventh most in Tulane single-game history.
Jerome Landry's 32-yard catch of a Lester Ricard pass early in the fourth quarter was a career-long for the senior from Chalmette, La. Prior to that catch, Landy's career-long was a 19-yarder against Northwestern State on Sept. 6, 2003 at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Tulane's five-play, 90-yard drive, capped by a 35-yard touchdown strike from Ricard to senior wide receiver Preston Brown with 13:24 left to play was the longest of the year for the Green Wave. Prior to that drive, the longest drive of the year came on a 77-yard drive to open the Mississippi State game on Sept. 16.
Senior wideout Demarcus Davis hauled in nine passes for 100 yards. Both were career highs for him and he becames the first player in 2006 to eclipse the 100-yard mark. Tulane's last receiver to post 100-plus yards receiving was Cary Koch against Tulsa (6-102) on Nov. 19, 2005, in a "home" game played at UL-Monroe's Malone Stadium.