Oct. 22, 2011
Memphis 33, Tulane 17
Tulane Game 8
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the 29th meeting between Tulane and Memphis on the gridiron. With the loss, the Green Wave still trail in the all-time series 17-11-1.
The loss was the sixth straight against the Tigers. The last time Tulane defeated Memphis was a 37-14 decision back on Nov. 18, 2000.
With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-6 on the year and 1-3 in Conference USA play.
With interim head coach Mark Hutson directing the program today against Memphis, Tulane has multiple head coaches in the same season for the first time since 1998 when Tommy Bowden coached the team to an 11-0 mark during the regular season while Chris Scelfo took over for the Wave's 41-27 win over BYU in the Liberty Bowl. It is the first time in the history of Tulane football, which dates back to 1893, that the Green Wave have had multiple head coaches in the same season.
As a team, the Green Wave tallied 459 yards of total offense (82 rushing, 377 passing) on Saturday against Memphis. It is the second time during the 2011 season that Tulane had more than 400 yards of total offense as the Wave posted 471 against Syracuse on Oct. 8.
Tulane's 377 passing yards against the Tigers were the most by the Green Wave this season, surpassing the mark of 355 vs. Syracuse on Oct. 8. The last time the Green Wave had more than 377 passing yards was back last year's game at Tulsa when Tulane had 446 yards through the air on Oct. 16 at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey once again led the team in tackles with 13 (8 solo, 5 assists). Mackey now has 14 career double-digit tackle performances, including six already this season.
With 13 tackles against Memphis, Trent Mackey now has 100 for the season (67 solo, 33 assists). With 124 tackles a year ago, Mackey becomes the first Tulane player to post 100-plus tackles in consecutive seasons since Anthony Cannon had 107 in 2004 and 114 in 2005. With a year of eligibility remaining, Mackey has a shot to become just the second player in Green Wave history to surpass the century mark in tackles three consecutive years, joining Mike Staid who had 100 or more tackles each year from 1991-94.
Sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa posted a season-best 196 all-purpose yards, running 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while posting career highs with seven receptions for 112 yards.
For his career, Orleans Darkwa has now run for 1,442 yards and 19 touchdowns on 303 carries. His rushing touchdown total now stands alone in ninth-place in Tulane career history - two behind Mewelde Moore's eighth-place mark of 21 from 2000-03 - and his rushing total is 14th all-time - 155 yards behind Jovon Jackson's 13th-place mark of 1,597 from 2002-05.
For the season, Orleans Darkwa has now run for 517 yards and eight touchdowns on 119 carries. His eight touchdowns is tied for eighth place in Tulane single-season history, joining André Anderson (2009), Matt Forté (2006), Mewelde Moore (2001), Marvin Christian (1979), David Abercrombie (1970), Bobby Duhon (1966), Tommy Mason (1960) and Bobby Glass (1941). Darkwa is now one touchdown behind Marvin Lewis (1981) for seventh-place in the Tulane single-season record book.
With 112 receiving yards against Memphis, Orleans Darkwa becomes the first Tulane running back to post a 100-yard receiving day since Mewelde Moore had nine receptions for 116 yards and three scores on Sept. 6, 2003, against Northwestern State in a game played at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Orleans Darkwa was one of four Tulane players to post career-high reception numbers on Saturday against Memphis as freshman Justyn Shackleford had seven catches for 59 yards, rookie Xavier Rush had six receptions for 41 yards and sophomore Wilson Van Hooser had six receptions for 100 yards.
Wilson Van Hooser's 100-yard receiving day was the first of his career and the third of the year by a Green Wave player. In addition to Orleans Darkwa's 112-yard effort today against Memphis, Xavier Rush had a season-high 135 receiving yards on four catches vs. Syracuse on Oct. 8.
With both Orleans Darkwa and Wilson Van Hooser posting 100-yard receiving games, Tulane had multiple 100-yard receiving games for the first time since Oct. 16, 2010 when Ryan Grant had 128 yards and Casey Robottom had 106 at Tulsa.
Junior quarterback Ryan Griffin posted season highs with 377 passing yards, 50 pass attempts and 31 completions against Memphis. It marks the second time this season Griffin surpassed the 300-yard passing barrier and the fifth of his career.
For his career, Ryan Griffin has now completed 505-of-825 passes for 5,507 yards and 33 touchdowns. He now ranks sixth in Tulane history in completions, tied for sixth in 300-yard games, seventh in passing yards and pass attempts, and eighth in touchdown passes.
With five kickoff returns for 115 yards, freshman Robert Kelley has now returned 40 kickoffs for 852 yards. He now ranks second in Tulane single-season history in both kickoff returns and yardage, needing five returns and 187 yards to surpass Jeff Liggon's Green Wave records of 44 returns for 1,038 yards in 1994.
With 117 all-purpose yards on Saturday against Memphis, Robert Kelley has now surpassed the 100 all-purpose yards for the sixth time in his eight career games. He now has 1,067 all-purpose yards for the season, and needs 293 to crack the Tulane single-season Top 10.
Derrick Strozier's block of a Memphis PAT with 8:51 was the first by a Tulane player since Chinonso Echebelem did so against Army on Oct. 4, 2008.
Junior cornerback Ryan Travis' interception with 3:41 to play in the third quarter was his second in as many games and his fourth of the season. Travis' four picks are the most by a Green Wave player since David Skehan tallied four in 2006 and again in 2007. The last time a Tulane player had more than four interceptions in a season was back in 2003 when Sean Lucas had five.
True freshman tight end Evan Tatford's 38-yard catch with 2:18 to play in the third quarter was the first reception of his career. He becomes the 18th player this season to catch a pass, the seventh freshman to haul in a pass this season (Robert Kelley, Brandon LeBeau, Matt Marfisi, Xavier Rush, Justyn Shackleford and Carlos Wilson) and the fifth true freshman to do so (Kelley, LeBeau, Rush and Shackleford).
Four Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday vs. Memphis: senior offensive guard Emmanuel Aluko (12), junior defensive end Austen Jacks (20), junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey (20) and junior cornerback Ryan Travis (20).
Tulane captains for Saturday's ballgame were permanent team captains junior QB Ryan Griffin and senior DT Cedric Wilson, along with game captains junior LB Darryl Farley and sophomore RB Orleans Darkwa.
Captains for Memphis were offensive lineman Ronald Leary, defensive lineman Dasmine Cathey and safety Cannon Smith.
Memphis has beaten Tulane in six-straight contests and seven of the last eight encounters.
The 33 points are the most scored by Memphis since scoring 35 in a 35-20 win at home against UTEP in 2009.
With his 12-yard catch in the first quarter, senior receiver Tannar Rehrer extended his receiving streak to 12 games, dating back to the Tennessee game last season. He has caught at least one pass in 19 of his 20 career games with the Tigers.
Sophomore tight end Justin Henderson put the Tigers on the board first with a two-yard touchdown catch with 5:00 remaining in the first quarter. It was Henderson's first catch of the 2011 season. He caught the TD on his third career reception. The touchdown pass was the seventh for true freshman Taylor Reed.
Justin Henderson logged a career-long 38-yard reception in the second quarter. His previous high was a six-yard catch versus UCF in 2010. Henderson ended the day with two catches for 40 yards and a score.
Tannar Rehrer registered a 19-yard touchdown with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter. It was Rehrer's third TD catch this season and the third of his career. The TD pass was the eighth for Taylor Reed.
This is the second time in his short career that Taylor Reed has thrown multiple touchdowns in a single game. The other was earlier this season versus Austin Peay.
Taylor Reed scored on a QB keeper for one yard with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. It was Reed's second rushing touchdown. His other was against Middle Tennessee.
Taylor Reed threw for 213 yards in today's game to mark his third career game to pass for more than 200 yards in a game. His others were versus MTSU (230) and Austin Peay (332). He completed 14-of-26 passes and tossed two touchdowns.
Tannar Rehrer caught five passes for 57 yards in today's game. He has registered at least five receptions in six of the last seven games.
Billy Foster took a reverse for 22 yards and a touchdown with 6:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. It is his fourth rushing TD of the season and fifth overall touchdown. Foster led the team in rushing with 58 yards and a score on 15 attempts. He also led in receiving yards with 58 yards on three catches. Foster finished with 115 all-purpose yards in the game.
True freshman Bobby McCain intercepted Ryan Griffin at the Memphis 21 with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. He raced 79 yards for the touchdown. It was the second defensive TD the Tigers had scored this season as Martin Ifedi scored on a fumble recovery last weekend against East Carolina. This is the first interception returned for a touchdown since 2003 against Louisville (Eric Taylor 52-yard return). The PAT by Paulo Henriques was blocked.
Linebacker Kenyata Johnson logged his first career interception when he picked off Ryan Griffin at the Tulane 35 in the third quarter. He made an 11-yard return on the pick. The Tigers tossed an interception on the first play of the following drive.
The Memphis defense has recorded a takeaway in each of the eight games of the season. Memphis came into the game ranked tied for 13th nationally with 16 turnovers gained. The Tigers have registered an interception in all but the Mississippi State and East Carolina games. Memphis had three takeaways in the game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. They have recovered a fumble in all but the Middle Tennessee contest this year.
This is the third game this season that Memphis has logged multiple interceptions. The others were against Austin Peay and Rice.
Frank Trotter registered one TFL for one yard in today's game. The TFL gives Trotter 31 for his career and moves him to a tie for eighth in school history in career TFLs. He is tied with Derrick Ballard, who logged 31 TFL from 2000-03.
Zach Golson forced his second fumble of the season late in the fourth quarter on a pass completion to Xavier Rush. Kenyata Johnson recovered the fumble and returned it 10 yards to the Memphis 13. It is the first career fumble recovery for Johnson who also had an interception in the game.
Terrence Thomas led Memphis in tackles with a career high 14, including nine solo stops. It is the fourth game he has led the team in tackles and third time this season he has had double digit stops. He has recorded double digit tackles in four career games.
Tom Hornsey booted a career-best 66-yard punt in the first quarter. His previous high was a 64 yarder against Mississippi State this year. Hornsey has registered 30 career punts of 50 or more yards and 13 this season.
Paulo Henriques missed a 39-yard field goal at the end of the first half for his first miss from under 40 yards in his career. He was 13-of-13 from under 40 yards out coming into the game. Henriques also had a PAT blocked in today's game and had another attempt PAT miss.
Ricky Holloway blocked Tulane's punt in the third quarter. Kendrick Golden recovered the ball and made an eight-yard return to the Tulane 7. Memphis scored on the ensuing drive off a one-yard run by QB Taylor Reed. The last time Memphis blocked a punt was 2009 against UAB.