Oct. 7, 2006
Today's game, combined with last week's contest against SMU, marked the first time Tulane played back-to-back home games in the Louisiana Superdome since Nov. 6 and 13, 2004, when the Green Wave hosted Navy (W 42-10) and Army (W 45-31), respectively.
With the win, Tulane improves to 2-3 on the year picked up its first Conference USA win of the season (1-2). The loss snapped a two game skid on the season and a nine-game C-USA streak dating back to the 2005 season. Tulane's last league victory came on Sept. 24, 2005 at SMU when the Green Wave defeated the Mustangs, 31-10.
Tulane's 38 points against Rice were the most scored by the Green Wave since Nov. 13, 2004 when the boys in olive green and sky blue defeated Army, 45-31, in the Louisiana Superdome. Ironically enough, that was the last time Tulane won in the 'Dome.
The victory was Tulane's 80th overall in the Louisiana Superdome. The Green Wave are now 80-92 in the 'Dome since moving in to the facility in 1975.
Junior defensive back David Skehan posted his second interception in as many weeks with a pick on Rice's final drive of the day. Last week, Skehan picked off his first career pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown against SMU.
Freshman kicker Ross Thevenot's 45-yard field goal was the first successful field goal of his career. It also marked the Green Wave's longest field goal since then-freshman Nick Beucher nailed a 53-yarder in a 59-55 win over UAB on Oct. 23, 2004 at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Matt Forté's 64-yard run midway through the third quarter was a career long. Prior to that run, his previous long was 48 yards vs. Army on Nov. 13, 2004.
With a rushing and receiving touchdown in the third quarter, Matt Forté becomes the first player to accomplish the feat since last Nov. 12 when he accomplished the feat against the same Rice Owls.
Forté finished the day with a season-best 178 rushing yards on 19 carries, for an average of 9.4 yards. It marked his second 100-yard game of the season and the fourth of his career. Forté's rushing total on Saturday was the second most of his career, trailing his 216-yard day against Army on Nov. 13, 2004.
With 344 yards through the air, senior quarterback Lester Ricard posted his second consecutive 300-yard passing game. It marks the second time Ricard accomplished back-to-back 300-yard passing games in his career, with the last time coming against UTAP (376) and at UCF (360) last Oct. 14 and 21, respectively. It was his seventh career 300-plus yard passing game, which ties him with J.P. Losman (2000-03) for third on Tulane's all-time list. He is one behind second-placed Shaun King's eight 300-yard passing games, and Patrick Ramsey (1998-2001) heads the list with 16.
With four scoring passes, Ricard now has 49 scoring strikes for his career, which now ranks fourth in Tulane history. He passed Terrance Jones (46 from 1985-88) on the all-time list and is now 11 behind J.P. Losman (60 from 2000-03) for third in the Tulane record book.
Ricard also became the sixth player in school history pass for 5,000 career yards. At the completion of today's game, he now has 5,049 career passing yards on 395-of-705 passing. He now ranks sixth in Tulane history in yardage and seventh in both attempts and completions.
Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jeremy Williams had a career day in the first half alone, surpassing previous career highs in both catches and yardage with 4 receptions for 77 yards in the first 30 minutes of play. Williams finished the day with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Tulane's defense posted season-highs in both pass break ups and sacks with 13 and three, respectively. Senior cornerback Israel Route and junior nickel/SAM Joe Goosby both posted career-highs with five and three pass break-ups, respectively. Louis Thomas, Billy Harrison and Evan Lee each had one sack totaling 23 yards lost. Lee's sack was the first of his career.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 27th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team. In addition, sophomore center Michael Parenton started his 16th consecutive contest along the offensive line. Both players have now started every game of their collegiate careers.