Scores

Final

Tulane 45

(4-7, 2-2 away)

Rice 31

(3-8, 1-4 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 3 14 7 2145
RICE 0 7 7 1731

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 345 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: M. Forte (TULN) - 39 CAR, 194 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: J. Casey (RICE) - 6 REC, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Tulane 45, Rice 31

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Matt Forte rushed for 194 yards to eclipse 2,000 for the season, and he scored five touchdowns to lead Tulane past Rice 45-31 Saturday.

Forte, the nation's leading rusher with 2,007 yards, is the first back in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) with 2,000 in a season since California's J.J. Arrington in 2004. He broke the Conference USA rushing record of 1,964 yards set by DeAngelo Williams of Memphis in 2005.

Forte tied his C-USA record with the five touchdowns. He scored that many Sept. 22 against Southeastern Louisiana.

Tulane (4-7, 3-4 Conference USA) has won two straight after losing five of six games. Rice (3-8, 3-4), which staged late rallies to beat Texas-El Paso and SMU, saw its two-game winning streak end.

Rice's Chase Clement was 35-of-55 passing for 353 yards and four touchdowns. With 379 total yards, Clement set a school season record for total offense with 3,319 yards.

His team trailing 7-3 in the first half, Forte scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of 46 and 1 yards to give the Green Wave a 17-7 halftime lead.

Forte, who had 39 carries, scored three times in the second half. His 13-yard TD run midway through the fourth put the Green Wave ahead 38-17.

Ade Tuyo replaced Forte with less than six minutes remaining. Tuyo scored Tulane's last touchdown with a 1-yard run with 2:14 left that put the Green Wave ahead 45-24.

Clement threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jarett Dillard in the first quarter that put the Owls ahead 7-3.

But Tulane scored the next 21 points to go ahead 24-7 in the third.

Dillard also caught a 6-yard TD pass in the third to bring Rice within 24-14.

Clement threw a pair of scoring passes to James Casey in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
RICE
1st Downs1919
Total Yards455376
Passing188353
Rushing26723
Penalties4-346-49
3rd Down Conversions10-186-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers10
Possession33:2026:40

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore6/1012512.500
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement35/553536.440

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte391945.0546
Scelfo25527.5038
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement8263.3013
Ugokwe430.802

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Batiste36120.3043
King25929.5047
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey611318.8261
Dillard9879.7218

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNRICE
FG09:39Ross Thevenot 38 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERTULNRICE
TD11:57Jarett Dillard 13 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 37
TD03:44Matt Forte 46 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 107
TD00:41Matt Forte 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERTULNRICE
TD10:16Matt Forte 5 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 247
TD07:38Jarett Dillard 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2414
FOURTH QUARTERTULNRICE
TD13:49Matt Forte 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 3114
FG10:18Clark Fangmeier 30 Yd 3117
TD07:24Matt Forte 13 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 3817
TD07:04James Casey 61 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 3824
TD02:14Ade Tuyo 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 4524
TD00:25James Casey 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4531