Notes Following Tulane Football's 45-31 Victory Over C-USA Foe Rice



Nov. 17, 2007

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Tulane 45, Rice 31
Tulane Game 11
Rice Stadium
Houston, Texas

  • Today's game marked the 30th all-time meeting between the two teams and with the 45-31 Tulane victory, the Green Wave are now 15-14-1 against Rice. Since Rice joined Conference USA for the 2005 season, Tulane is 2-1 vs. the Owls.
  • Tulane is now 6-10 against Rice in Houston. The last time Tulane defeated the Owls at Rice Stadium was back in Set. 16, 1995 when the Wave emerged with a 17-15 victory.
  • The win, combined with last week's victory over UTEP in the Louisiana Superdome, gives Tulane back-to-back win for the first time since the 2005 season when the Green Wave defeated SMU 31-10 in Dallas on Sept. 24 before turning around to dump Southeastern Louisiana 28-21 on Oct. 1 in a "home" game played at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge (game moved due to Hurricane Katrina).
  • Tulane's 45 points against Rice was a season high,and the most since defeating Army, 45-31 on Nov. 13, 2004, in the Louisiana Superdome. It was the highest road point total for the Green Wave since hanging 49 on Army in a 49-35 victory over the Black Knights on Nov. 14, 2001, during Tulane's 12-0 Conference USA and Liberty Bowl Championship season.
  • Ross Thevenot's 38-yard field goal on the opening drive of the ballgame marked the second consecutive week Tualne scored on its first possession. The last time the Green Wave scored on their first possession in back-to-back ballgames was Nov. 13 and Nov. 27, 2004, against Army and TCU, respectively. Roydell Williams scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Lester Ricard on the Wave's first drive against Army (Nov. 13) in the Louisiana Superdome before Williams hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Richard Irving on Tulane's first drive at TCU (Nov. 24).
  • Senior strong safety Joe Goosby's 14 tackles against Rice was his second-highest tackle total of the season, two behind his career-high mark of 16 against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 22, 2007, in the Louisiana Superdome.
  • With an eight-yard run with 6:04 left in the ballgame, Matt Forté became just the 11th player in NCAA history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single-season. He becomes the first players since to hit the 2,000-yard mark since Cal's J.J. Arrington ran for 2,018 in 2004. With 2,007 yards in 2007, Forté currently ranks 12th in NCAA single-season history.
  • With a four-yard run with 10:18 left to play in the ballgame, Matt Forté pushed his single 1,968, which surpassed the Conference USA single-season record of 1,964 set by Memphis' DeAngelo Williams in 2005.
  • With a five-yard touchdown run with 10:16 left to play in the third quarter half, senior running back Matt Forté set the Tulane single-season total touchdowns mark. He finished the day with five scoring runs, which ties his own Tulane single-game record as well as the Conference USA single-game record, which he shares with five other backs in league history - Houston's Antowain Smith vs. Southern Miss (Nov. 9, 1996), Louisville's Leroy Collins vs. Western Kentucky (Oct. 31, 1998), Army's Carlton Jones vs. South Florida (Oct. 16, 2004), Louisville's Eric Shelton vs. East Carolina (Oct. 2, 2004) and Marshall's Ahmad Bradshaw vs. UTEP (Nov. 18, 2006).
  • With 22 rushing touchdowns on the year, Matt Forté padded his school single-season rushing touchdowns record and surpasses the former single-season total touchdown record of 19 set by Charles "Peggy" Flournoy in 1925. Forté's 22 touchdowns ties the Conference USA mark set by Memphis' DeAngelo Williams in 2004.
  • Senior running back Matt Forté posted his seventh consecutive 100-plus yard rushing performance of the season, finishing with 194 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries.
  • Today's game marked Forté's eighth 100-yard effort of the season, and the 15th of his career. Forté's 15 100-yard rushing games remains second place in Tulane history and is now seven behind record-holder Mewelde Moore (22 from 2000-03).
  • With 22 touchdowns and a two-point conversion in 2007, Matt Forté has now scored 134 points on the year, which is a Tulane single-season record. He entered the ballgame fourth in single-season scoring, and surpassed Brad Palazzo (109 points, 1997), Charles "Peggy" Flournoy (128, 1925) and Bill Banker (128 in 1928). Forté now has 260 points for his career, which ranks fourth in Tulane history.
  • With 245all-purpose yards against Rice (194 rushing, 51 receiving) Matt Forté now has 2,272 on the year and 5,116 for his career (4,145 rushing, 960 receiving, 11 returning). His single-season all-purpose yardage total broke the Tulane record of 2,259 set by Matt Forté in 2001. His career all-purpose yardage, meanwhile, remains second in Tulane history behind Moore's 6,505 yards from 2000-03.
  • Forté's 4,145 career rushing yards remains second in Tulane history and is now just 219 behind Mewelde Moore's career mark of 4,364 from 2000-03. At his current pace in 2007 (182.45 yards/game), Forté is on pace to finish the season with 2,189 yards, which would give him 4,327, which would be just 37 shy of Mewelde Moore's school record 4,364 yards from 2000-03.
  • Junior wide receiver Michael Batiste posted a career-best 61 yards receiving Saturday against the Owls. Batiste's yardage total comes one week after setting a career high with 45 receiving yards against UTEP. Batiste's three receptions tied a career high, marking the fourth time he accomplished the feat in 2007 and seventh time he hauled in three passes during his career.
  • With a one-yard scoring plunge with 2:14 left to play, senior running back Ade Tuyo scored the first touchdown of his career.
  • Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 45th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen.