Scores

Final

Tulane 6

(2-10, 1-7 American)

Memphis 45

(6-6, 4-4 American)

3:30 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 0 0 6 06
MEM 14 14 10 745

Top Performers

Passing: A. Hall (MEM) - 109 YDS

Rushing: C. Steele (MEM) - 23 CAR, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. King (TULN) - 5 REC, 92 YDS

Memphis 45, Tulane 6

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Steven Black ran for three touchdowns and Memphis capped a wild season with a 45-6 rout of Tulane in the Conference USA finale for both teams on Saturday.

The Tigers' (6-6, 4-4) win made them eligible for a fifth bowl trip in six seasons. Tulane (2-10, 1-7) finished with eight straight losses.

Memphis started 0-3 this year, and then had to win while weathering midseason injuries to three of its top four quarterbacks to clinch postseason play.

Black, a receiver, took six direct snaps out of the "wild" formation for 38 yards and scores of 36, 2 and 1 yards. Tailback Curtis Steele ran for 135 yards and a score, giving him 1,175 yards for the season -- the fourth best one-year effort in school history. The top three were turned in between 2003-05 by current Carolina Panthers running back D'Angelo Williams.

Wideout Maurice Jones opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run off a direct snap for Memphis, who stretched its lead to a 31-0 lead midway through the third, and freshman Brandon Ross scored on a 1-yard run in the final period to cap the scoring. The Tigers rolled up 379 of their 488 total yards on the ground. Arkelon Hall, who returned last week after being out with a broken thumb suffered at East Carolina on Oct. 18, hit 10 of 12 passes for 109 yards.

Memphis' defense limited Tulane to 222 yards and forced three turnovers, a fumble recovery by Brandon Patterson and interceptions from Greg Jackson and Michael Grandberry. The Tigers also blocked a field goal try.

Tulane's only score came on an 8-yard run by Casey Robottom late in the third quarter. Ross Thevenot missed the extra point, his first miss since early in the 2006 season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
MEM
1st Downs1032
Total Yards222488
Passing177109
Rushing45379
Penalties5-312-20
3rd Down Conversions3-99-14
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers30
Possession22:2437:36

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore11/191538.102
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hall10/121099.100

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald7233.308
Robottom2157.518
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steele231355.9120
Washington9778.6029

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
King59218.4039
Sparks23417.0028
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones44912.3016
Black22713.5014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNMEM
TD08:51Maurice Jones 13 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 07
TD02:39Curtis Steele 9 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERTULNMEM
TD14:54Steven Black 36 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 021
TD02:50Steven Black 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 028
THIRD QUARTERTULNMEM
FG09:10Matt Reagan 22 Yd 031
TD04:09Casey Robottom 8 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 631
TD00:56Steven Black 1 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 638
FOURTH QUARTERTULNMEM
TD07:16Brandon Ross 1 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 645