Junior running back Matt Forté became the first Tulane rusher to gallop for 100-plus yards in three straight games since the 2003 season.
Oct. 24, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Seven games into the 2006 season, the Tulane football team's record sits at 2-5 overall and 1-3 in Conference USA action, but spirits could not be higher around the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center as the Green Wave began preparation for its Homecoming showdown vs. Army Tuesday afternoon at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
Two days after piling up 389 total yards on Auburn's much-heralded defense - the most allowed by the Tigers all season - the Green Wave offense has been a building juggernaut that has gotten better each week. On the defensive side of the ball, a young squad that has been ravaged by injuries continues to gel. The team's continued improvement from the day the Green Wave opened preseason camp back on Aug. 12 until now has head coach Chris Scelfo looking forward to the remainder of the season.
"Last Saturday, there was a lot of good that came out of that game - a lot of positives," Scelfo said. "I think our kids have grown up from the start of the year to now and if they continue to do that then good things will happen. Going into the game against Auburn we felt like we had to match their toughness, their physicalness, and I thought our kids did that. We competed hard, as I said improved from where we were a month ago, and if we continue to do that then we have a chance."
One of the reason for the Green Wave's offensive improvement has been the play of junior running back Matt Forté. With 117 yards on the ground at Auburn, Forté has now rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the last three game - a feat that has not been accomplished since the 2003 season when Mewelde Moore hit the century mark in five straight contests.
Forté has accumulated 674 yards and four touchdowns on 120 carries in 2006, and has now run for 100 yards four times this year. He now has six career 100-yard games, which is tied for sixth in school history along with Marvin Christianson, Doug Bynum and David Abercrombie.
"Matt is having an outstanding season," Scelfo said. "A lot of it has to do with up front. Our offensive line has gotten a lot better. We started four new guys and they have been gelling, knock on wood. They haven't given up a sack the last couple weeks. They've really created some running lanes for Matt, which wasn't happening earlier in the year."
Saturday's contest is slated to kickoff at 1 p.m. and the Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime. The game will be broadcast live on the Tulane Network (local WIST AM 690) and simulcast on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to registered members of the All Access Pass. In addition, live video of the game is also available via All Access. Live stats are also available free of the charge on the web through GameTracker.
Following the Homecoming contest vs. Army, Tulane will head to Huntington, W.Va., for a Nov. 4 C-USA showdown at Marshall before returning to the Louisiana Superdome for back-to-back home contests against league foes Southern Miss (Nov. 11) and UCF (Nov. 18). Tickets for those game, and future Green Wave contests, remain for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office.
The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, and tickets can be purchased in person, via the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, single-game tickets are also available via Ticket Master at www.TicketMaster.com and at all Ticket Master outlets.