Oct. 21, 2000 ? 11 a.m. (CDT)
West Point, New York
Michie Stadium (39,929)
On The Road Again
Tulane makes its fifth road trip in seven games, and longest journey of the season, travelling to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Black Knights of Army. Kickoff for the Fox Sports Net national television broadcast is at 11:09 Central Time.
A Year Ago
The Green Wave broke open a 20-14 game with 22 points in the third quarter and went on to post a 48-28 victory over Army in the Superdome. Patrick Ramsey passed for 447 yards and four touchdowns, Seth Marler kicked four field goals and a pair of Green Wave receivers went over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards as Tulane won its second straight game.
Southern Miss ended Tulane's three game win streak with a 56-24 victory in the Superdome. Tulane committed three costly first-half turnovers which led to 21 USM points, back-up tailback Dawayne Woods rushed for 143 yards and three scores and Golden Eagle QB Jeff Kelly hit Shawn Mills seven times for 151 yards and a pair of scores. Tulane scored 24 points on the nation's No. 1 scoring defense, including two rushing touchdowns, the first given up by USM in 36 quarters. Senior linebacker Jerry Phillips made 17 tackles as the Tulane defense held Southern Miss to just 110 total yards in the first half.
In four seasons, the Green Wave is 14-12 all-time in Conference USA play, including a 6-0 record and league championship in 1998 and a 1-2 mark so far this year. Tulane lost its 2000 C-USA opener at East Carolina, then evened its league record with a home win over Cincinnati before running into No. 16 Southern Miss last week at home. This season marks the first time that C-USA teams are playing a seven-game league schedule. In 1996, teams played five league games and the number stood at six from 1997-99 until moving to seven this year. With the addition of TCU to Conference USA in 2001, C-USA will consist of 10 teams, with South Florida slated to be the 11th football-playing school beginning in 2003. Teams will play eight conference games in 2002.
Vs. C-USA Teams
All-time, Tulane is 36-44-2 versus teams that currently comprise Conference USA. The all-time lists, both as C-USA teams and overall
Despite sitting out the ULL contest, the second half of the Southern Miss game and missing a quarter versus Cincinnati after suffering a right ankle sprain in that game, freshman Mewelde Moore continues to lead Conference USA in rushing with 84 carries for 465 yards for an average of 93 yards per game. With three straight 100-yard rushing games -- versus East Carolina, SMU and Cincinnati -- Moore became the first freshman, and just the fifth player in Tulane history to post back-to-back-to-back 100-yard games. He is the leading freshman rusher in the nation and averages 5.5 yards per carry, has caught 10 passes for 112 yards and even completed a 14-yard pass to quarterback J.P. Losman in the Cincinnati game. Moore gained 114 yards on 15 carries in the UC game, including a 58-yard run. Versus SMU, he earned 104 yards, and he had a season high 131 net yards at East Carolina. The Baton Rouge native was a fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in the 2000 MLB draft and will play for the team during the summers..
Tough to Tackle
Moore has been extremely tough to tackle this season. Through the first four games of the season, he piled up an amazing 337 yards after sustaining the first hit. A total of seventy-eight (78) percent of his net rushing yards in those games came after opponents made contact with the 6-1, 195-pound back. Moore's game-by-game yards, and yards after contact (YAC) in those contests.
Freshmen of Note
Fullback Kris Coleman joined a list of eight Tulane true freshmen who have made their mark in this 2000 season with his first start, first career catch, first career rush, and first career touchdown, in the Southern Miss game. In addition to Mewelde Moore, Lynaris Elpheage has become a starter at cornerback as a true freshman and leads Tulane with two interceptions on the year. Rookie defensive lineman Lonnie Crayton made his first career start versus USM. Receiver Roydell Williams and tight end Eddie Robinson are both seeing significant playing time and are listed second on the depth chart at their positions, as are offensive guard Joe Mitchell and strong safety Wesley Heath.
Moore was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance versus Cincinnati, while Patrick Ramsey picked up the award a week earlier after the SMU contest. Punter Casey Roussel shared C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the SMU game and Roxie Shelvin got the nod after his blocked PAT preserved the Tulane win at ULL. A pair of Tulane defenders and receiver Adrian Burnette have earned recognition from the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. Noel Ellis was named LSWA Defensive Player of the Week following the SMU contest while freshman Lynaris Elpheage earned the same honor a week later after picking off two passes versus Cincinnati. Burnette was chosen the LSWA's Offensive Player of the Week for his 11-catch, 191-yard performance versus the Ragin' Cajuns.
Tulane junior quarterback Patrick Ramsey posted just the third 400-yard passing day in school history at UL-Lafayette with 403 yards passing, a total which ranks third all-time at Tulane. Ramsey is the only TU signal-caller to pass for 400-plus yards in a game. His 31 completions in the contest tied for seventh all-time at the school. Ramsey's name fills the Tulane passing charts as he owns the top four yardage games, the top five completions games and seven of the top eight attempts totals. He has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last 17 games.
After five straight games catching a touchdown pass, senior receiver Adrian Burnette finally had the streak broken versus Southern Miss, although his fourth-quarter catch at the one set up Tulane's last TD of the game. Burnette has scored six TDs on the year to tie for the lead in Conference USA. His 16 career TDs rank sixth all-time at Tulane. Burnette's 11 catches for 191 yards ranked among the top receiving games all-time at Tulane. The 11 catches tied for the eighth-best mark in school history, while the 191 receiving yards were the most in Burnette's career and tied for seventh all-time.
A comparison of Tulane's stats of a year ago and today reveals that the Green Wave has become a better rushing team, has scored more points and committed less turnovers while allowing less rushing yards and total yards. Some of the numbers...
Phillips Fills the Holes
Senior Jerry Phillips recorded a season-high 17 tackles versus Southern Miss Saturday and is currently tied for the league lead in Conference USA games with 39 stops in Tulane's three conference contests. In all games, he ranks second in the league in tackles with 68. Phillips and Noel Ellis are now tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with six each. Phillips has recorded double figures in tackles in each of the last three games with 10 tackles at ULL and 16 versus Cincinnati. The senior from New Orleans has made 25 career starts and has compiled 308 career tackles, 179 solos, and has registered 16 tackles for loss.
The Green Wave did not sustain any serious injuries in the Southern Miss contest. Running back Jeff Sanchez (rt. ankle sprain) and tight end Tim Pinter (rt. knee sprain) sat out of the game while Mewelde Moore (rt. ankle sprain) played just one half.
After playing six of its first eight games of the season on the road, Tulane plays its final road game of 2000 at Louisville on Oct. 28. Following that contest, the Green Wave closes out the regular season with consecutive home games versus Houston, Navy and Memphis in the Superdome.