Miners Pick Up Win Over Tulane, 24-21, Despite 255 Yards Rushing from Anderson

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Andre Anderson posted Tulane's 13th 200-yard rushing game
Andre Anderson posted Tulane's 13th 200-yard rushing game

Oct. 11, 2008

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EL PASO, Texas - Andre Anderson rushed for a career-high 255 yards and two touchdowns, the fourth most yards in a game in Tulane's history, but the UTEP Miners had the last word with a 24-21 win Saturday night at the Sun Bowl. The Miners' Trevor Vittatoe found Jeff Moturi for a 68-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Miners a 24-21 victory.

Anderson racked up 255 yards on 29 carries, the second 200-yard rushing game of his career. Only Matt Forte has ever rushed for more yards in a single game. He also added a 28-yard touchdown reception, with four catches.

Tulane falls to 2-4 on the season, 1-2 in Conference USA, while UTEP improves to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in C-USA. The Miners converted on seven of 14 third down tries, the most the Green Wave have given up all season.

Vittatoe completed 21 of 32 attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns for the Miners.

UTEP opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by a 53-yard pass from Trevor Vittatoe to Donavon Kemp down to the two yard line. On fourth and goal, Vittatoe found Landon Goodwell for his first career catch and a one-yard touchdown for a 7-0 Miners lead.

On fourth and seven, UTEP lined up for a 40-yard field goal and holder Kyle Wright rushed to the marker, but not over it as Tulane took over on downs.

Anderson broke a 72-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7. The Green Wave used four plays to go 83 yards, and give Anderson his fourth straight game with a rushing TD.

The Green Wave's David Kirksey forced a fumble, which Dominique Dade recovered for Tulane in UTEP territory. Anderson then ran in a one-yard touchdown, capping a four-play, 24-yard drive, highlighted by Kevin Moore 14-yard catch, his first career reception. Brian King's found Moore for his first career completion on his first career passing attempt.

On the ensuing drive, the Miners travelled 80 yards on 11 plays, scoring on an eight-yard pass from Vittatoe to Daniel Palmer to tie the game at 14-14 with 9:00 to go in the first half.

Anderson took the first play from scrimmage on the next drive and hustled 53 yards to the UTEP 27. On third and 11, Anderson took a screen pass 28 yards to the house, accounting for 81 yards on the 80-yard drive, giving the Green Wave a 21-14 lead. Tulane took that lead into the half.

After a Tulane punt, UTEP converted another third-down to keep a drive alive, and then Jose Martinez hit a 28-yard field goal to cut the margin to 21-17.

Freshman fullback Kasey Stelly caught a pair of passes on the next drive, giving him a career-high in reception yards, but the Green Wave 45-yard field goal attempt was blown awry in the rainy conditions.

The Green Wave defense forced a UTEP punt, taking over at the Tulane 40, but the drive stalled with 5:13 to go at the UTEP 43 yard line. The Miners took over at their own 20, and drove 80 yards in just two plays and 44 seconds. Vittatoe found Jeff Moturi for a 68-yard touchdown deep down the middle to give the Miners a 24-21 lead with 4:22 remaining.

Anderson moved the Green Wave to midfield, but the Green Wave failed to convert on third and five, and on fourth and five at the 50.

The Miners ran down the clock behind Donald Buckram, who finished with 107 yards on 19 attempts. Tulane forced a punt, but the Miners downed it at the Tulane one yard line with 14 seconds remaining. The Green Wave moved the ball 25 yards before time expired.

The Green Wave are off next week before facing Rice at the Louisiana Superdome on October 25, at 2 p.m.