Oct. 2, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane freshman running back Mewelde Moore has been selected the Conference USA Player of the Week after posting his third straight 100-yard rushing day of the season Saturday in Tulane's 24-19 victory over Cincinnati in the Superdome.
Moore gained 114 yards on 15 carries despite missing most of the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The leading rusher in Conference USA with a per game average of 107.8 yards, Moore is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has more yards than any other freshman running back in the country.
A 6-1, 195-pound tailback from Baton Rouge's Belaire High, Moore also completed his first pass of the season, a 14-yard throwback to quarterback J.P. Losman, and caught three passes for 32 yards.
Moore became the first freshman in school history, and just the fifth player, to post three straight 100-yard rushing games. His season total of 431 rushing yards is more than Tulane's leading rusher gained in all of 1999.
Moore's freshman teammate, cornerback Lynaris Elpheage, earned co-Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after picking off a pair of passes in the win over Cincinnati. Elpheage, who played at New Orleans' Carver High, grabbed one pass in the Tulane endzone to halt a Bearcat drive, then made his second interception late in the fourth quarter to prevent a UC comeback attempt.