Scores

Final

SE Louisiana 27

(1-3, 0-3 away)

Tulane 35

(1-2, 1-2 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
SELA 7 13 0 727
TULN 7 7 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: B. Babin (SELA) - 278 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Forte (TULN) - 40 CAR, 303 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: M. Lanaux (SELA) - 6 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Tulane 35, SE Louisiana 27

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Matt Forte set Conference USA and school records with 303 rushing yards and a school record with five rushing touchdowns as Tulane beat Southeastern Louisiana, 35-27, on Saturday night in the Superdome.

Forte carried 40 times, scoring on runs of 20, 21, three, four, and 11 yards as the Green Wave (1-2) gave Coach Bob Toledo his first victory as a head coach since 2002, at UCLA.

Forte's rushing yardage broke the C-USA record of 300 yards set by Joffrey Reynolds of Houston against East Carolina in 2002, and Mewelde Moore's school record of 249, set against Cincinnati in 2001.

He broke the school single-game rushing touchdown record of Toney Converse (1998) and Charles Flournoy (1925), both against Louisiana Tech.

The Lions, members of the Division I Championship Subdivision, formerly known as I-AA, are 1-3.

SLU had taken a 20-14 halftime lead on a 63-yard pass by Brian Babin to Merrick Lanaux with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Forte's 3-yard touchdown run edged Tulane ahead, 21-20, with 7:25 left in the third quarter.

The Green Wave extended the lead to 28-20 on Forte's 4-yard run with 4:48 left in the quarter. He scored his final touchdown on an 11-yard run with 4:25 left in the game.

SLU concluded the scoring on Brian Babin's 14-yard touchdown pass to Byron Ross with 1:57 left.

SLU took an early 7-0 lead when Travis Williams blocked a punt by Tulane's Ross Thevenot and Donald Frazier picked up the ball and ran 12 yards for a touchdown.

The Green Wave tied the score on the next possession when Forte ran 20 yards for a touchdown. After his 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the Lions cut the deficit to 14-13 on Jeff Turner's 22-yard and 37-yard field goals.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SELA
TULN
1st Downs1922
Total Yards341410
Passing278110
Rushing63300
Penalties9-904-83
3rd Down Conversions5-185-13
4th Down Conversions1-40-1
Turnovers24
Possession33:0326:57

Passing Leaders

Southeastern LouisianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Babin31/472785.920
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott9/24833.501

Rushing Leaders

Southeastern LouisianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lucas17794.6014
Gilbert11717.0017
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte403037.6544
Stephany1-1-1.000

Receiving Leaders

Southeastern LouisianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lanaux611719.5163
Lucas9778.6015
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robottom3279.0020
Ratcliff22110.5011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSELATULN
TD08:29Donald Frazier 12 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Jeff Turner Kick) 70
TD05:28Matt Forte 20 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSELATULN
TD11:58Matt Forte 21 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 714
FG08:56Jeff Turner 22 Yd 1014
FG06:35Jeff Turner 37 Yd 1314
TD03:44Merrick Lanaux 63 Yd Pass From Brian Babin (Jeff Turner Kick) 2014
THIRD QUARTERSELATULN
TD07:25Matt Forte 3 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 43 yds, 1:01
2021
TD04:48Matt Forte 4 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 48 yds, :16
2028
FOURTH QUARTERSELATULN
TD04:25Matt Forte 11 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 30 yds, 2:49
2035
TD01:57Byron Ross 14 Yd Pass From Brian Babin (Jeff Turner Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 14 yds, :06
2735