Tulane's football team will face Conference USA rival Memphis for Homecoming 2007 at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Louisiana Superdome.
Tulane, 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in C-USA, is coming off a 41-34 overtime win over SMU
last Saturday. The Tigers, 3-4 overall and 2-1 in C-USA play defeated Rice last week 38-35.
Saturday's game is Tuane's first at home after three straight road games.
Led by Heisman watch list nominee Matt Forte, Tulane is scoring an average 21.4 points
and gaining 374 yards of total offense per game, including 195 yards per game on the ground.
A senior, Forte has rushed for 1,261 yards on 189 carries for a 6.7 yards per carry average
and has scored 13 touchdowns on the ground.
This week Forte was named the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for
September, as voted on by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee, as well
as being named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the
Week and nominated as AT&T All-America National Player of the Week nominee.
Forte also earned Conference USA and CollegeSportsReport.com Division I-FBS National
Performer of the Week honors. Finally, FoxSports.com named Forté the Non-BCS Player
of the Week.
Last week Forte rushed for a Tulane and C-USA record 342 yards on 38 carries and scored
four touchdowns. Forte broke his own school and conference rushing records, which he had
set earlier this season when he rushed for 303 yards in a 35-27 win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Forte also has 21 receptions which ties him for the team lead in receptions.
Anthony Scelfo will start at quarterbck for Tulane for the fourth consecutive game. Scelfo
has completed 63-of-119 pass attempts for 712 yaards. Scefo has thrown for three touchdowns
and four interceptions.
Redshirt freshman Kevin Moore is also expected to see action Saturday. Moore has completed
10-of-23 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Redshirt sophomore receiver Jeremy Williams has recovered from an early season funk to tie
Forte for the team lead in receptions with 21 apiece.Williams' receptions have ben good for
two touchdowns and 394 yards, which averages out to 18.8 yards per catch.
Forte meanwhile has gained 182 yards on his receptions, which gives him 1,454 all-purpose
Receiver Brian King should return to the starting lineup after being limited by ijury against SMU. King has 199 yards and a touchdown on 19 catches.
Tyler Rice will make his second consecutive start at right tackle. Rice is the fourth player
to start a game at the right tackle position.
Tyler Helm, a true freshman, will start for the third consecutive game at tight end.
Offensive tackle Scott Holt, who was starting at right tackle until injured, was declared out. Earlier senior returnman Freddie Smith was lost for the season.
Tulane's defense has performed spottily this season, allowing 30 points and 396.5 yards
per game. The strength of the defense has been it's play against the rush. The Green Wave
allows only 129 rushing yards per game to lead the conference in that statistical category.
Green Wave opponents average 3.6 yards per carry.
Defense against the pass is another matter as Tulane allows 267 yards through the air and
allowed SMU to throw for 354 yards last weekend. On the season, the Wave's defense has allowed 12 passing touchdowns.
The defense has gained 11 turnovers but overall Tulane's turnover ratio stands at minus-5.
Middle linebacker Evan Lee leads the team with 64 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss.
Senior strong safety Joseph Goosby is second with 49 tackles, four of them tackles for loss.
Cornerback Josh Lumar has 46 tackles, strong safety David Skehan adds 42, will linebacker
James Dillard has 33.
Antonio Harris leads the d'line with 28 tackles with six tackles for loss, and leads the club
with five sacks.
Avery Williams has made 21 tackles, and adds 5 TFL, including three sacks.
Reggie Scott is having a breakthrough season and has recorded seven tackles for loss to lead
the team among his 18 tackles. Scott has sacked opposing quarterbacks 4 times.
Adam Kwentua has 4 sacks among his 13 tackles.
Reserve end Logan Kelley has made but 11 tackles but that includes 4 tackles for loss. Kelley
has made 3 sacks.
Will linebacker Dillard and senior cornerback Carlis Jackson were reported by the Times
Picayune to be out for the game.
Memphis has struggled on defense all season, giving up 29.3 points per game and 424.3 yards of total offense. The Tigers have particularly struggled against the run, allowing 176 yards per game but have been worse against the pass, allowing 248 yards per game and 12 touchdowns. The Tigers have also allowing opposing teams to convert 48-of-95 third downs.
Last weekend Memphis allowed 418 total yards, including 313 through the air, to Rice.
The defense is led by outside linebacker Jake Kasser who's made 50 tackles. Dontae Reed, the other outside linebacker, has added 44 tackles.
On the ground opponents average a healthy 4.5 yards per carry against the Tiger defense.
On the plus side the Memphis defense has gained 18 turnovers to pace the team to a plus-9 turnover ratio.
The Memphis offense is very effective, especially through the air, where it averages
266 yards per game and has scored fourteen touchdowns.
Quarterback Martin Hankins returned from injury last week and torched Rice for 306 yards
and three touchdowns, completing 21-of-32 passes. For the season Hankins has completed
98-of-156 for 1,138 yards and right touchdowns against 6 intereptions.
The Tigers have also done well rushing the ball this season, as they are averaging 150 yards
per game and 4 yards per carry.
Overall Memphis produces 416 yards and 25 points per game.
Senior Joseph Doss leads the team in rushing, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on 79 carries
for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
Overall, the Tigers average four yards per carry on the ground.
A pair of sophomores lead the team in receiving. Duke Calhoun, who has made 27 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns, is the leader, while 6-foot-8 Carlos Singleton adds 24 receptions for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tulane will try and run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, while Memphis will look for success
through the air balanced with it's running game. The offensive strengths of both teams are
balanced against the other teams defensive weakness, which usually means a high scoring