Nov. 28, 2009
SMU 26, Tulane 21
Tulane Game 12
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Saturday's game marked the 18th meeting between Tulane and SMU on the gridiron. With the loss, the Green Wave are now 12-6 all time against the Mustangs, including a 5-3 mark in Dallas.
The loss snaps Tulane's five-game winning streak over SMU in Dallas and the Green Wave's last loss came back on Sept. 11, 1982, when SMU earned a 51-7 win. Between then and now, the Green Wave earned wins over SMU in Dallas in 1992, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2007.
With the loss, Tulane concludes the 2009 season 3-9 overall and 1-7 in Conference USA play.
With 105 yards against SMU on Saturday, André Anderson now has 1,016 yards for the year. He becomes just the fourth player in Tulane history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Matt Forté (2007), Mewelde Moore (2001, 2002) and Eddie Price (1948, 1949). Anderson's rushing total, along with Jeremy Williams 1,113 receiving yards gives Tulane its first ever 1,000 yard runner and 1,000 yard receiver in the same season.
Anderson completes his career with 2,009 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 444 carries while Williams wraps up his collegiate days with 197 catches for 2,807 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Anderson wraps up his career fourth in Tulane career history in 100-yard games (9), tied for ninth in rushing touchdowns and 10th in rushing yardage. His 2009 numbers rank sixth in rushing yards and tied for seventh in touchdown runs.
Williams completes his Tulane career fourth in school history in catches (197) and receiving yards (2,807) and seventh in touchdown catches (19). His 2009 numbers rank second in Tulane single-season history in catches (84) and fourth in receiving yards (1,113).
With three PATs on Saturday, senior kicker Ross Thevenot finishes his career with 222 points scored, which ranks third in kicking points and fifth in total points in Tulane career history.
Ryan Griffin's 46-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Williams 47 seconds into the second half was the longest completion of the season. His previous long was 39 yarder at Rice on Nov. 14.
Rookie tight end Brock Sander's 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter was the longest play of his career. He also posted the first multiple-catch game of his career, hauling in a pair of passes for 34 yards against the Mustangs.
André Anderson's one-yard touchdown run with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter gave him eighth rushing touchdown of the season and the 17th of his career. His touchdown totals now rank tied for seventh in single-season history along with Matt Forté (2006), Mewelde Moore (2001), Marvin Christian (1979), David Abercrombie (1970), Bobby Duhon (1966), Tommy Mason (1960) and Bobby Glass (1941), and tied for ninth in career history with Christian (1977-79) Ronny Quuillian (1955-56).
Senior defensive end Logan Kelley's sack of Kyle Padron with 11:30 left to play in the third quarter was the 14th of his career. He is now tied with Antonio Harris (2004-07) for fifth in Tulane career sack history.
Freshman Devon Walker posted a career-high seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assists) against SMU and broke up a pair of passes. He is the only player on the Green Wave roster to post more than one pass break-up in a single-game during the 2009 season.
A quartet of Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks - junior OT Pete Hendrickson and senior DE Adam Kwentua with 22 straight each, junior WR Casey Robottom at 18 and senior WLB Travis Burks at 14.
Senior John Landa and freshman Devon Walker earned the first starts of their collegiate careers at left guard and free safety, respectively. In addition, senior strong safety Corey Sonnier started for the first time in 2009.
Devon Walker became the ninth freshman to start a game for Tulane in 2009, joining true freshmen D.J Banks (WR), Jordan Garrett (DB), Hunter Howden (OL), Zach Morgan (OL), Austen Jacks (LB) and Shakiel Smith (LB), along with redshirt-freshmen Ryan Griffin (QB) and Daryl Farley (LB).
Tulane captains for Saturday's ballgame were senior RB André Anderson, senior LB David Kirksey, senior CB Charles Harris and junior QB Kevin Moore.