Nov. 10, 2007
Tulane 34, UTEP 19
Tulane Game 10
New Orleans, La.
Today's game marked just the third all-time meeting between the two teams and first ever in the Louisiana Superdome. The 34-19 victory was Tulane's first in the series and UTEP now leads the all-time series 1-2. The two teams were slated to play a game in the Superdome in 2005, but that contest was moved to Ruston, La., due the affects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans.
Tulane's 277 passing yards was the second-highest output of the season (the Green Wave had 285 last week vs. Tulsa). The Green Wave used the tandem of sophomore Anthony Scelfo (7-for-11, 167 yards, 1 TD) and redshirt-freshman Kevin Moore (9-for-10, 110 yards, 1 TD) on the day. Moore's numbers were all career highs.
Senior running back Matt Forté posted his sixth consecutive 100-plus yard rushing performance of the season, finishing with 171 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. His rushing total on Saturday added to Forté's single-season record and now has 1,813 rushing yards on the year.
Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Williams posted career-best 188 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over UTEP, becoming the first Tulane player to haul in more than one scoring strike since then-junior Preston Brown had a pair of touchdown receptions against UTEP on Oct. 14, 2005, in a "home" game played in Ruston, La. Williams' receiving total was the third 100-yard receiving day of his career, and stands as the ninth-most yards gained in Tulane single-season history. Williams' eight receptions was a season best, two shy of his career-high of 10 set last season vs. UCF.
Junior free safety David Skehan had a solid day on Saturday against the Miners, posting four tackles (all assisted), an interception and a career-best four pass break-ups. Skehan now has four interceptions on the season - three in Conference USA play - and eight for his career.
Anthony Scelfo's 43-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wideout Jeremy Williams on the opening drive of the ballgame marked the first time in 2007 that Tulane scored on their first possession. The last time the Green Wave scored on their opening drive was Oct. 7, 2006, when Williams hauled in a 21-yard scoring strike from Lester Ricard in a 38-24 victory over Conference USA foe Rice in the Louisiana Superdome.
Ade Tuyo's 54-yard kickoff return with 10:20 left to play in the first half was a career long. His previous career long was a 47-yarder against Houston back on Sept. 15.
Today's game marked Forté's seventh 100-yard effort of the season, and the 14th of his career. Forté's 14 100-yard rushing games moves him into sole possession of second place in Tulane history, breaking the tie with Eddie Price (13 from 1946-49). He is now eight behind record-holder Mewelde Moore (22 from 2000-03).
With a pair of rushing touchdowns against the Miners, Matt Forté pushed his Tulane single-season record to 17 (Eddie Price formerly held the record with 11 in 1949). Forté also claimed sole possession of the Green Wave career rushing touchdowns record with 33, breaking a tie with Bill Banker (31 from 1927-29).
Matt Forté's two touchdowns on Saturday gives him 17 for the season and 38 for his career. He now stands as Tulane's career touchdown leader, surpassing the former mark of 37 set by Bill Banker from 1927-29. Forté also moved into sole possession of second-place in Tulane single-season history, breaking a tie with Mewelde Moore (15 in 2001). He trails Tulane career record-holder Charles "Peggy" Flouroy's single-season record of 19 (in 1925) by just two touchdowns.
With 17 touchdowns and a two-point conversion in 2007, Matt Forté has now scored 104 points on the year, which ranks fourth in Tulane single-season history. He now has 230 points for his career, which ranks fourth in Tulane history.
With 177 all-purpose yards against the UTEP (171 rushing, six receiving) Matt Forté now has 2,027 on the year and 4,871 for his career (3,851 rushing, 909 receiving, 11 returning). He remains in second place in Tulane career and single-season history all-purpose yards.
With 2,027 all-purpose yards in 2007, Matt Forté is now just 232 yards behind Mewelde Moore's record of 2,259 in 2001. In addition, Forté is now 1,634 behind Moore on the career all-purpose yardage list (6,505 from 2000-03).
Forté's 3,851 career rushing yards remains second in Tulane history and is now just 313 behind Mewelde Moore's career mark of 4,364 from 2000-03. At his current pace in 2007 (181.3 yards/game), Forté is on pace to finish the season with 2,176 yards, which would give him 4,314, which would be 50 shy of Mewelde Moore's school record 4,364 yards from 2000-03.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 44th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen.
As promised during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Tulane head coach Bob Toledo started every healthy senior he had for Saturday's game against UTEP. As a result, wide receivers Kenneth Guidroz and Evan Smith, defensive tackle Frank Morton and free safety Louis Thomas started their first games of the 2007 season. Senior Matt Forté actually started the game at quarterback, giving Smith a chance to earn his first career start. In addition, Toledo was able to get injured offensive lineman Scott Holt a chance to play as the fifth-year senior went in at left tackle for the game's final play - a kneel down in victory formation.