Nov. 5, 2011
SMU 45, Tulane 24
Tulane Game 10
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Saturday's game marked the 19th meeting between Tulane and SMU on the gridiron. Despite the loss, the Green Wave still lead the all-time series 11-8.
The loss was the third straight against the Mustangs. The last time Tulane defeated SMU was back on Sept. 25, 2008, when the Green Wave earned a 34-27 decision in the Superdome.
With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-8 on the year and 1-5 in Conference USA play.
Tulane's 24-point third quarter was the largest point total in a 15-minute period for the Green Wave all season. The last time the Green Wave had two dozen points in a stanza was in the second quarter of a 54-49 win over Rice on Nov. 13, 2010, in the Superdome.
Junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey once again led the team in tackles with 12 (9 solo, 3 assists). Mackey now has 16 career double-digit tackle performances, including eight this season.
By completing 20-of-36 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns against the Mustangs, junior quarterback Ryan Griffin moved into sixth place on Tulane's career passing list. He now has 5,853 yards, which is 184 ahead of Roch Hontas' 5,669 from 1976-79. In addition, Griffin ranks sixth in Green Wave career history with 541 completions and with 892 pass attempts. His 35 career touchdown passes still sits eighth in Tulane history.
Freshman receiver Xavier Rush tied his career high with six receptions against SMU. His 52 yards through the air is the second most of his career, behind a 135-yard performance against Syracuse on Oct. 8.
Rookie Robert Kelley also posted a career high reception total with four grabs for 31 yards. In addition, Kelley added to his Tulane single-season kickoff returns record. His three kickoff returns pushes his Green Wave record to 48 (four ahead of Jeff Liggon's former mark of 44 in 1994) and Kelley's 66 return yards gives him 1,029 for the year. Kelley is alone in second place in single-season kickoff return yards in Tulane history, nine behind Liggon's mark of 1,038 in 1994.
Dominique Robertson's 18-yard return of a third quarter fumble for a score marked the first fumble return for a touchdown for Tulane since Austen Jacks had a 23-yard return against the Mustangs last year (Oct. 30, 2010) in the Superdome.
Robertson becomes the fourth player to score a defensive touchdown this season and the 12th Green Wave player overall to reach the endzone.
Cairo Santos made his career debut as a punter, booting a 31-yarder with 1:23 left to play in the first quarter. He finished with two punts for 77 yards, including a long of 46.
Ten Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday at SMU: senior offensive guard Emmanuel Aluko (14), junior linebacker Darryl Farley (11), junior quarterback Ryan Griffin (11), senior offensive tackle Harris Howard (13), junior defensive end Austen Jacks (22), junior offensive tackle Eric Jones (12), senior wide receiver Joe Kemp (11), junior linebacker Trent Mackey (22), senior defensive end Dezman Moses (13) and junior cornerback Ryan Travis (22). In addition, senior center Joey Ray, junior corner Jordan Sullen and senior defensive tackle Cedric Wilson the 10-game mark against the Mustangs.
Tulane captains for Saturday's ballgame were permanent team captains junior QB Ryan Griffin and senior DT Cedric Wilson, along with game captains sophomore RB Orleans Darkwa and senior DE Dezman Moses.