Nov. 3, 2007
Tulsa 49, Tulane 25
Tulane Game 9
New Orleans, La.
Today's game marked the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams and first ever in the Louisiana Superdome. The two teams played in New Orleans back in 1968 - a 25-15 Tulane win - but that was at old Tulane Stadium. With today's loss, the Green Wave fall to 1-3 in the all-time series.
Sophomore defensive back Chinonso Echebelem had a career day against Tulsa with 13 tackles (eight solo, five assists) to go along with a forced fumble and an interception. The pick was the first of his career and Echebelem now has three forced fumbles on the season. His previous career high in tackles was eight last week vs. Memphis.
Junior free safety David Skehan posted a pair of fumble recoveries in the first half - one in the first quarter and another in the second. He now has six take-aways in 2007 with three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Senior defensive tackle Avery Williams recorded a career high in tackles for the third time this season, posting 11 stops (six solo, five assists), including a personal-best three tackles for loss, against Tulsa.
Senior running back Matt Forté ran for 103 yards on 26 carries for the day to bring his season total to 1,642, which is already Tulane single-season record. He broke the former mark of 1,421 yards set by Mewelde Moore in 2001 last week vs. Memphis.
Junior wideout Brian King posted his third four-catch outing of the day, which ties a season high, and posted a career-best 91 yards - including a 44-yard touchdown from sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo in the second quarter. His previous career high in receiving yards was 83 yards (on a career-best five receptions) on Oct. 28, 2006, vs. Army.
The Green Wave opened the second half with a trick play as Ross Thevenot's on-side kick attempt was recovered by Travis Burks at the Tulane 44 yard line. It marked the team's first successful on-side kick since Dec. 25, 2002, when Seth Marler recovered his own on-side kick to open the 2002 ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
Tulane scored on the ensuing drive following the on-side kick, and after Anthony Scelfo scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak, Matt Forté took a direct snap for the 2-point conversion. That was Tulane's first successful 2-point conversion since Oct. 1, 2005, when Bobby Hoover hauled in a pass from holder Chris Beckman on a fake kick against Southeastern Louisiana. That game was a home contest for the Green Wave but played in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium.
Forté saw his consecutive 200-yard rushing game streak halted at four, 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 sixth 100-yard effort of the season, and the 13th of his career. Forté's 13 100-yard rushing games now ranks tied for second in Tulane history with Eddie Price (13 from 1946-49). He is now nine behind record-holder Mewelde Moore (22 from 2000-03).
With 106 all-purpose yards against the Golden Hurricane (103 rushing, three receiving) Matt Forté now has 1,850 on the year and 4,694 for his career (3,780 rushing, 903 receiving, 11 returning). He remains in second place in Tulane history in career rushing yards and moves into second place on the career all-purpose yardage listing. Forté moved ahead of Michael Pierce (4,627 from 1987-89) and trails the mark of 6,505 set by Mewelde Moore from 2000-03.
Forté's 3,780 career rushing yards remains second in Tulane history and is now just 484 behind Mewelde Moore's career mark of 4,364 from 2000-03. At his current pace in 2007 (182.44 yards/game), Forté is on pace to finish the season with 2,189 yards, which would give him 4,327, which would be 37 shy of Mewelde Moore's school record 4,364 yards from 2000-03.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 43rd consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen.
Junior Jordan Ellis started his first game of the season today against Tulsa - opening the game at weak-side linebacker. It marked his first start since lining up at middle linebacker on Oct. 14, 2006 at UTEP. Chinonso Echebelem, meanwhile, started his second game of the year and first since the Sept. 15 Houston contest.