Oct. 27, 2007
Memphis 28, Tulane 27
Tulane Game 8
New Orleans, La.
Today's game marked the 27th all-time meeting between the two teams and the first since an Oct, 16, 2004 meeting in Memphis, Tenn. With today's 28-27 loss, the Green Wave fall to 11-15-1 in the all-time series, including a 9-6-1 mark in New Orleans.
For the fourth time this season, Tulane held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing. The Green Wave limited the Tigers to just 59 yards on 25 carries (2.4 yards/carry) on Saturday. It was the second-fewest rushing yards allowed by Tulane in 2007 as the team held Army to just 47 yards on 37 carries on Oct. 6 in West Point, N.Y. Tulane also held Southeastern Louisiana (63) and SMU (84) to less than the century mark.
Senior running back Matt Forté ran for 278 yards and two touchdowns on a school-record 44 carries Saturday against Memphis. That brings his season total to 1,539, which is a Tulane single-season record. He broke the former mark of 1,421 yards set by Mewelde Moore in 2001. Forté broke the record with a 51-yard touchdown run with 5:22 left to play in the first half.
Forté posted his fourth consecutive 200-plus yard rushing game, fifth of the season and sixth of his career. Prior to the 2007 season, only two players - Mewelde Moore and Eddie Price - had rushed for 200-plus yards more than once in their careers with both accomplishing the feat twice. His four consecutive 200-yard games is one shy of the NCAA record of five set by USC's Marcus Allen in 1981 and tied by Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders in 1988 and North Texas' Jamario Thomas in 2004.
Today's game marked Forté's fifth 100-yard effort of the season, and the 12th of his career. Forté's 12 100-yard rushing games still ranks third in Tulane history; one behind second-placed Eddie Price (13 from 1946-49) and 10 behind record-holder Mewelde Moore (22 from 2000-03).
With 293 all-purpose yards against the Tigers (278 rushing, 15 receiving) Matt Forté now has 1,747 on the year and 4,588 for his career (3,677 rushing, 900 receiving, 11 returning). He remains in second place in Tulane history in career rushing yards and third place on the career all-purpose yardage listing. Forté trails Michael Pierce (4,627 from 1987-89) by just 39 yards. Mewelde Moore holds the Tulane career all-purpose yards record with 6,505 from 2000-03.
Forté's 3,677 career rushing yards remains second in Tulane history and is now just 587 behind Mewelde Moore's career mark of 4,364 from 2000-03. At his current pace in 2007 (192.4 yards/game), Forté is on pace to finish the season with 2,309 yards, which would give him 4,447, which would be a Green Wave record.
Forté's two rushing touchdowns vs. Memphis gives him 34 career touchdowns, which moves him into a tie for second place in the Tulane career record book with Mewelde Moore (2000-02). His 31 career rushing touchdowns is now tied for the Tulane career record book, tying the mark set by Bill Banker from 1927-29.
Forté now has 216 career points, which ranks sixth in Tulane history. He surpassed former wide receiver Roydell William's 212 points (2000-04) on the night and is just three points behind fourth-placed Mewelde Moore's 219 points from 2000-03).
Forté now has 15 rushing touchdowns in 2007, which added to his Tulane single-season record. With four scores last week at SMU, Forté moved past Eddie Price's former school-record of 11 set in 1949.
Matt Forté's186 rushing yards on 22 first-half carries, today makrs the fourth time this season that the senior from Slidell, La., surpassed the century mark in the first 30 minutes of the ballgame. Forté had 130 on 15 carries on Sept. 22 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 112 yards on 21 carries on Oct. 13 at UAB and 157 yards on 11 carries last week at SMU.
Sophomore placekicker Ross Thevenot's 48-yard field goal in the first quarter was the longest of his career. It marked the second time in as many weeks that Thevenot booted a career-long as he drilled a 47-yarder in last Saturday's 41-34 overtime victory at SMU.
After not posting an interception in the first 28 games he played in at Tulane, junior cornerback Josh Lumar now has an interception in consecutive games. He recorded his first pick in the second quarter of last week's overtime win at SMU, and intercepted a Martin hankins pass in the fourth quarter today against the Tigers.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 42nd consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen.