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Shelton scores 3 TDs for second straight game

10/18/2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Eric Shelton rushed for 128 yards and
scored three touchdowns for the second straight game as Louisville
beat Tulane 47-28 on Friday night.

Michael Bush had two touchdown runs and Kerry Rhodes had two
interceptions, returning the second one 33 yards for a score as
Louisville (6-1, 2-1 Conference USA) continued its best start since
2001.

Mewelde Moore, Conference USA's career leader in yards rushing,
ran for 123 yards and a touchdown and had 57 receiving yards for
Tulane (3-4, 1-3). Moore's 180 all-purpose yards pushed him over
6,000 for his career. Moore also became the second player in
Division I-A history to go over 4,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards
receiving, joining Stanford's Darrin Nelson.

The Cardinals piled up 500 yards against the nation's most
porous defense.

Stefan LeFors got the Cardinals rolling on their second
possession with a 43-yard pass to J.R. Russell five minutes into
the game. Shelton finished the drive with an eight-yard touchdown
run with 8:05 left in the opening quarter.

Shelton, a Florida State transfer, rushed for 70 yards and three
touchdowns in the Cardinals' 34-10 win over Army last week.

He had a 36-yard run, his longest of the season, to set up
Bush's 14-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter.

On Tulane's next possession, Moore fumbled a pitch from
quarterback J.P. Losman, giving the Cardinals the ball at the Green
Wave's 28.

Shelton had an 11-yard touchdown run two minutes later. He had
106 rushing yards in the first half against Tulane's 113th-ranked
rush defense.

Losman, tied for third in the nation with 19 touchdown passes
coming into the game, made up for an early interception with a
16-yard touchdown strike to Carl Davis midway through the second
quarter.

The Cardinals answered with an 11-play drive that chewed up
almost five minutes. Nate Smith set a school record with his 37th
career field goal, a 29-yarder, to give the Cardinals a 24-7 lead
with 1:10 left before halftime.

The Green Wave, averaging 411 yards per game, had only 130 yards
in the first half.

Tulane's Tristan Smith fumbled at the Green Wave's 15 on the
second play of the second half and Nate Smith tacked on another
29-yard field goal 2:10 after halftime.

Losman threw a 27-yard pass to Roydell Williams with 5:43 left
in the third quarter. Williams finished with 119 receiving yards.

Shelton had a 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

On Tulane's next play from scrimmage, Chris Bush tipped a pass
to Rhodes who made an acrobatic one-handed grab at the 33-yard
line. He weaved his way to the end zone and scored just 17 seconds
after Shelton's last TD.

Tulane never threatened again, although Losman threw a late
touchdown pass to Bubba Terranova. Losman completed 16 of 29 passes
for 243 yards and had at least three touchdown passes for the fifth
time this season.