Scores

Final

Memphis 28

(4-4, 3-1 American)

Tulane 27

(2-6, 1-3 American)

3:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 0 14 7 728
TULN 3 10 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hankins (MEM) - 355 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Forte (TULN) - 44 CAR, 278 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Williams (MEM) - 3 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Memphis 28, Tulane 27

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Duke Calhoun caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins with 36 seconds remaining in the game to give Memphis a 28-27 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

The Tigers (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) rallied to win despite Green Wave running back Matt Forte having his fourth consecutive 200-yard rushing game. He carried a school-record 44 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

Forte broke the school record for rushing yards in a season, surpassing the 1,421 that current Minnesota Vikings running back Mewelde Moore gained in 2001, finishing the day with 1,539 for the season.

Only three running backs in NCAA history have had five consecutive 200-yard rushing games Marcus Allen of USC (1981), Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (1988) and Jamario Thomas of North Texas (2004).

Tulane (2-6, 1-3) missed an opportunity to increase a 27-21 lead when Ross Thevenot was wide right on a 22-yard field goal with 5:07 left in the game. The Tigers took over and drove 80 yards in nine plays to the winning score.

With time running out, Tulane drove to a first down at the Memphis 49 when Gabe Ratcliff caught a 4-yard pass and ran to the sideline. He was knocked out of bounds as he reached the sideline with 17 seconds left.

The officials stopped the clock temporarily for the first down, but the Green Wave thought it was stopped because Ratcliff went out of bounds. The clock started running while the Green Wave was lining up and quarterback Anthony Scelfo scrambled for five yards as time expired with Tulane still having one time-out.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
TULN
1st Downs1725
Total Yards438455
Passing379105
Rushing59350
Penalties5-352-15
3rd Down Conversions9-159-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers22
Possession25:5634:04

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hankins25/383559.321
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scelfo7/15845.611

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Doss15503.3023
Malouf492.307
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte442786.3251
Scelfo7365.1021

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones411729.3042
Williams39632.0147
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13232.0132
King12121.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMTULN
FG02:17Ross Thevenot 48 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 49 yds, 3:03
03
SECOND QUARTERMEMTULN
TD11:47Earnest Williams 3 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 71 yds, 5:30
73
FG07:41Ross Thevenot 37 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 43 yds, 4:06
76
TD05:22Matt Forte 51 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 80 yds, :52
713
TD00:39Earnest Williams 47 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 51 yds, :37
1413
THIRD QUARTERMEMTULN
TD09:00Jeremy Williams 32 Yd Pass From Anthony Scelfo (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 81 yds, 3:17
1420
TD06:17Carlos Singleton 5 Yd Pass From Matt Malouf (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 82 yds, 2:43
2120
FOURTH QUARTERMEMTULN
TD13:16Matt Forte 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yds, 3:52
2127
TD00:36Duke Calhoun 5 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:31
2827