Nov. 18, 2006
Tulane Football Game 11
Tulane 10, UCF 9
New Orleans, La.
With the win, Tulane posts its first ever victory over the Golden Knights. Prior to today's 10-9 decision, UCF won the previous two meetings 36-29 on Sept. 22, 2001 in the Superdome and 34-24 last Oct. 21 in Orlando.
The win also wrapped up another winning season at the Louisiana Superdome for the Green Wave as Tulane completed the 2006 home season 3-2. It marked the third winning season in the last five years at the 'Dome as Tulane went 3-2 in 2004 and 4-2 in 2002. In addition, Tulane posted it's fourth non-losing season in the Superdome in the last five years as the Green Wave went 2-2 in the 'Dome in 2003.
Senior cornerback Israel Route sealed Tulane's win by forcing a fumble, recovering it and returning it 42 yards to the UCF 23 yard line. It was Route's fourth forced fumble of the year and his first recovery of the 2006 season. His 42-yard return was the longest by a Green Wave player since Joey Dawson returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown in a 50-33 win over Army on Sept. 20, 2003, in West Point, N.Y.
Tulane's 10 points were the fewest in a win since a 10-0 win over William & Mary on Sept. 18, 1993. The last time the Green Wave scored fewer points in a victory was on 9-3 win over Boston College on Oct. 11, 1978, in the Louisiana Superdome.
By limiting UCF to three field goals, Tulane kept an opponent out of the endzone for the first time since Oct. 5, 2002 when the Green Wave defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 52-9, on the road. Ironically enough, all of the then-Indians (now Redhawks) points came on three field goals.
By keeping UCF off the scoreboard during the first two quarters, Tulane posted its first first-half shutout since blanking SMU over the first 30 minutes last Sept. 24 in Dallas. The Green Wave won that game 31-10, allowing a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown in the fourth.
Today's game marked Tulane's first game decided by one point since a 27-26 loss to Marshall last Oct. 29 in a "home" game played in Mobile, Ala. Tulane's last one-point victory came on Oct. 7, 2000, when the Green Wave edged Louisiana-Lafayette 38-37 at Cajun Field.
Today's game marked the final home game for 19 Tulane student-athletes, including seniors Chris Beckman (P), Taylor Bertin (DE), Preston Brown (WR), Taurean Brown (DT), Nick Cannon (QB), Damarcus Davis (WR), Jeremy Foreman (CB), Billy Harrison (DE), Jerome Landry (TE), Donald Madlock (G), Ian Miller (FB), Terrence Peterson (LB), Michael Purcell (DL), Lester Ricard (QB), Derek Rogers (OT), Israel Route (CB) and Michael Sager (K). The 17-member senior class werel also be joined by redshirt-junior Chris Bordelon (OL) and redshirt-sophomore Shane Hannabury (TE), in playing their final home game as the pair are expected to complete their degrees at the end of the academic year.
Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jeremy Williams posted career highs in receptions and receiving yards with 10 grabs for 106 yards. It marked the first 100-yard receiving day of Williams' career.
Senior cornerback Jeremy Foreman posted a career-best nine tackles in today's game vs. UCF, eclipsing his former career-high of seven set last year in 28-21 win over Southeastern Louisiana last Oct. 1 in a "Homecoming" game played at LSU's Tiger Stadium.
The Tulane team saw a familiar face wearing a UCF uniform as former Green Wave kicker Nick Beucher handled kickoff duties for the Golden Knights. Beucher played his freshman season at Tulane where he scored 45 points (4-of-9 field goals, 33-of-34 PATs) in 2004.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 33rd consecutive game, the longest streak on the Green Wave team. Harris has now started every game of his collegiate career.