Nov. 24, 2007
East Carolina 35, Tulane 12
Tulane Game 12
Today's game marked the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams and with the 35-12 loss, the Green Wave are now 2-7 against East Carolina.
The Green Wave remain winless in Greenville, N.C. dropping to 0-6
Ross Thevenot's 40-yard field goal on the opening drive of the ballgame marked the third consecutive week Tulane scored on its first possession. The last time the Green Wave scored on their first possession in three consecutive ballgames was Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27, 2004, against Navy, Army and TCU, respectively.
Senior running back Matt Forté finished the day with 120 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Saturday's rushing total gives him 2,127 for the season, which ranks sixth in NCAA single-season history. Below is a complete breakdown of the top eight single-season performances in NCAA single-season history:
1) Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State), 2,628 in 1988
2) Marcus Allen (USC), 2,342 in 1981
3) Troy Davis (Iowa State), 2,185 in 1996
4) LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), 2,158 in 2000
5) Mike Rozier (Nebraska), 2,148 in 1983
6) Matt Forté (Tulane), 2,127 in 2007
7) Ricky Williams (Texas), 2,124 in 1998
8) Larry Johnson (Penn State), 2,087 in 2002
Junior free safety David Skehan posted a season-high nine tackles (five solo, four assists), including one and a half tackles for loss, on Saturday at East Carolina. His previous season high was eight in the season opener vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 8) and at SMU (Oct. 20). His career high tackle total stands at 10, posted last season at Marshall (Nov. 9, 2006).
Senior running back Ade Tuyo posted just his second multiple-reception ballgame, hauling in three passes for a career-best 25 yards in Saturday's ballgame at East Carolina. His career high for receptions came back on Nov. 3, when he snared four passes (for 23 yards) against Tulsa.
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo recorded his first career catch on Saturday, hauling in a batted pass of his own throw. Unfortunately for the Wave, Scelfo was tackled for a 10-yard loss.
Senior running back Matt Forté posted his eighth consecutive 100-plus yard rushing performance of the season, finishing with 120 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Today's game marked Forté's ninth 100-yard effort of the season, and the 16th of his career. Forté's 16 100-yard rushing games remains second place in Tulane history and is sits six behind record-holder Mewelde Moore (22 from 2000-03).
With 23 touchdowns and a two-point conversion in 2007, Matt Forté has now scored 140 points on the year, which pads his Tulane single-season record.
With 155all-purpose yards against East Carolina (120 rushing, 25 receiving) Matt Forté now has 2,427 on the year and 5,271 for his career (4,265 rushing, 985 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 4,265 career rushing yards remains second in Tulane history and, despite sharing time through most of his first two seasons with the Wave, he completed his career just 99behind Mewelde Moore's career mark of 4,364 from 2000-03.
Junior defensive lineman Antonio Harris started his 46th consecutive game, the longest such streak on the Green Wave team and longest in the nation among NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive linemen. Harris completed his career having started every game.