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2008 Tulane Green Wave Season

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Posted Jan 17, 2009


2008 Tulane Green Wave Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Tulane Green Wave

Nov. 29
Memphis 45 … Tulane 6
Memphis used a variety of formations and players to keep things moving, with WR Steven Black running for three touchdowns from direct snaps, and Curtis Steele tearing off a nine-yard run while motoring for 125 yards. Tulane was never in it, getting down 31-0 before Casey Robottom got into the end zone on an eight-yard run late in the third. The Green Wave managed just 222 yards and 10 first downs.
Player of the game: Memphis RB Curtis Steele ran 23 times for 125 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 11-19, 153 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: J.T. McDonald, 7-23. Receiving: Brian King, 5-92
Memphis - Passing: Arkelon Hall, 10-12, 109 yds
Rushing: Curtis Steele, 23-135, 1 TD. Receiving: Maurice Jones, 4-49
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The wheels completely fell off. Thanks to injuries and problems finding anyone to stop the run, Tulane’s bad season ended up being completely miserable losing the last two games by a combined score of 101 to 13. Kevin Moore was able to complete short to medium passes, but he got nothing going deep, while the Tigers got up too quickly for the Green Wave to have a running game. The hope will be to figure out who’s healthy and who’s not going into spring ball, and finding some players to build around. There’s a lot of building to be done after finishing with an eight-game losing streak.

- 2008 Tulane Preview
- 2007 Tulane Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
5-7
2008 Record: 2
-10

Aug. 30 OPEN DATE
Sept. 6 at Alabama L 20-6
Sept. 13 East Carolina L 28-24
Sept. 20 UL Monroe W 24-10
Sept. 27 SMU W 34-27
Oct. 4 Army L 44-13
Oct. 11 at UTEP L 24-21
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 Rice L 42-17
Nov. 1 at LSU L 35-10
Nov. 8 at Houston L 42-14
Nov. 15 UAB L 41-24
Nov. 22 at Tulsa L 56-7
Nov. 29 at Memphis L 45-6

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2-10
2007 Record:
4-8

Sept. 8 Mississippi St L 38-17
Sept. 15 Houston L 34-10
Sept. 22
SE Louisiana W 35-27
Sept. 29 LSU L 34-9
Oct. 6
at Army L 20-17 OT
Oct. 13 at UAB L 26-21
Oct. 20 at SMU W 41-34 OT
Oct. 27 Memphis L 28-27
Nov. 3 Tulsa L 49-25
Nov. 10 UTEP W 34-19
Nov. 17 at Rice W 45-31
Nov. 24 at E Carolina L 35-12

Nov. 22
Tulsa 56 …. Tulane 7
Tarrion Adams ran for 323 yards with a five-yard touchdown run as part of the 489 rushing yards the Golden Hurricane cranked out. Jamad Williams ran for touchdowns from seven and 39 yards out in the third quarter and Damaris Johnson caught touchdown passes from 12 and 28 yards away as Tulsa did whatever it wanted to. Tulane got its lone score on a one-yard J.T. McDonald run in the second quarter.
Player of the game: Tulane RB Tarrion Adams ran 33 times for 323 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 15-30, 144 yds
Rushing: J.T. McDonald, 15-53, 1 TD. Receiving: Alan Mitchell, 4-41
Tulsa - Passing: David Johnson, 9-13, 104 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tarrion Adams, 33-323, 1 TD. Receiving: Damaris Johnson, 4-61, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Tulane defense that was hanging so tough at times earlier in the year has taken way too many hits. Tulsa was able to run at will to make it a fifth straight blowout loss for the Green Wave and the seventh straight defeat overall. In the finale at Memphis, the team needs to find something it can hang its hat on going into the off-season. The Tigers will try to pound the ball, so Tulane needs to get the offense going early to control the time and the momentum.

Nov. 15
UAB 41 … Tulane 24
Joe Webb ran for three touchdowns including two in the third quarter to help UAB pull away from Tulane in the second half. The Green Wave got three touchdowns from J.T. McDonald, but four turnovers, all interceptions, proved costly. The last pick was taken 36 yards for a score by Matt Taylor to seal the Blazer win. UAB outgained Tulane 272 yards to 98 on the ground.
Player of the game: UAB QB Joe Webb completed 15-of-21 passes for 154 yards, and ran 18 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 15-30, 235 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Nathan Austin, 8-43. Receiving: Brian King, 3-74
UAB - Passing: Joe Webb, 15-21, 154 yds
Rushing: Joe Webb, 18-130, 3 TD. Receiving: Jeffrey Anderson, 3-43
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tulane can’t make mistakes against anyone, including UAB. The offense isn’t effective enough to overcome big turnovers while the run defense has quickly fallen off the map after a decent start to the season. Kevin Moore put up big yards throwing the ball, but his three interceptions ruined any sort of a groove the Green Wave tried to get into. They were in the game into the third quarter, but the defense couldn’t stop the running of UAB QB Joe Webb, and now comes the trip to Tulsa to face the high-octane Golden Hurricane offense.

Nov. 8
Houston 42 … Tulane 14
Houston cranked out 693 yards of total offense with Case Keenum throwing for 384 yards and four scores. RB Bryce Beall dominated in the first half with three touchdowns scoring from 15 and two yards out and catching a 19-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 21-7 first half lead. The Cougar offense kept on rolling in the third quarter on three Keenum touchdown passes including a 38-yarder to Chaz Rodriguez and a 49-yarder to Tim Monroe.
Player of the game: Houston RB Bryce Beall ran 21 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 27 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 12-27, 142 yds
Rushing: Nathan Austin, 22-39. 2 TD. Receiving: Alan Mitchell, 5-72
Houston - Passing: Case Keenum, 29-40, 384 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Bryce Beall, 21-176, 2 TD. Receiving: Tyron Carrier, 4-67
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tulane doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with a team like Houston, but earlier in the year, it had Andre Anderson to keep things moving and give the defense a break. Now there’s no one able to keep the chains moving, the passing game doesn’t have the ability to explode, and the defense is a sitting duck. Now on a five-game losing streak, and giving up points in bunches, the goal for the final three games is to figure out who the playmakers are going to be for next year. Beating UAB in the final home game is a must to give the season something positive to build on.

Nov. 1
LSU 35 … Tulane 10
Charles Scott ran for a seven-yard touchdown and Brandon LaFell caught a 14-yard pass on the way to a 14-3 LSU lead. Chris Hawkins and the defense stretched the lead with a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Keiland Williams all but put the game away on a three-yard run. LSU’s passing game wasn’t sharp with Jarrett Lee throwing an interception return for a touchdown to Travis Burks. The Green Wave came up with a mere 163 yards of total offense while LSU ran for 231 yards.
Player of the game: LSU RB Charles Scott ran 12 times for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 6-11, 44 yds
Rushing: Matt Harding, 16-53. Receiving: Matt Harding, 3-23
LSU - Passing: Jarrett Lee, 8-20, 99 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Charles Scott, 12-114, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon LaFell, 3-48, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Without Andre Anderson, the Green Wave running game is a big problem. Kevin Moore had a problem getting the chains moving, and before the offense could block, it was down 21-3 with no real hope in sight. On a four-game losing streak, the Green Wave has to be ready for Houston as part two of a stretch of four road games in five days. All things considered, the lines held up well throughout, even if they weren’t flawless by any stretch.

Oct. 25
Rice 42 … Tulane 17
Rice jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter with three touchdowns in less than three minutes. James Casey caught a seven-yard touchdown pass, and on Rice’s next drive, Chase Clement ran for a nine-yard score. Tulane fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, Casey caught a 17-yard touchdown pass, and the game was all but over. The Owls went on to get a six-yard Clement run and a blocked field goal for a touchdown on the way to a 35-0 halftime lead. Tulane managed 10 points to start out the third quarter, with Casey Robottom catching a 42-yard touchdown pass, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Player of the game: Rice QB Chase Clement completed 20-of-25 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran eight times for 57 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Joe Kemp, 14-20, 201 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Nathan Austin, 13-25. Receiving: Brian King, 7-103
Rice - Passing: Chase Clement, 20-25, 168 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: C.J. Ugokwe, 18-111, 1 TD. Receiving: James Casey, 6-51, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tulane got down early against Rice and didn’t have a chance to mount any sort of a comeback with the running game. The passing game did a nice job of cranking out yard in the second half, with Joe Kemp throwing well once the pressure was off, and with Kevin Moore on the bench. The blowout was bad enough, and now there are road dates against LSU, Houston and Tulsa in the next month. To get through, the ground game has to get on track from the opening snap. That might not happen against LSU.

Oct. 11
UTEP 24 … Tulane 21
UTEP got ten second half points and help Tulane scoreless for the comeback win. Trevor Vittatoe threw three touchdown passes with a 68-yard play to Jeff Moturi with just over four minutes to play to take the lead, and the D was able to hold on. The comeback overshadowed a huge day from Tulane RB Andre Anderson, who ran for a 72-yard score and a one-yard touchdown to go along with a 28-yard touchdown catch.
Player of the game: In a losing cause, Tulane RB Andre Anderson ran 29 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 10-20, 80 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Andre Anderson, 29-255, 2 TD. Receiving: Andre Anderson, 4-30, 1 TD
UTEP - Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 21-32, 296 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Donald Buckram, 20-107. Receiving: Jeff Moturi, 4-88, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Who doesn’t want to be Bob Toledo’s running back? Matt Forte ran for over 2,000 yards last year, and now Andre Anderson is the star of the offense as both a runner and a receiver. The UTEP loss was crushing because it was set up well. Tulane had the lead and should’ve been able to run Anderson in the second half on the way to a few scores, but it didn’t happen. Now on a two-game losing streak and 1-2 in conference play, the Green Wave faces a must-win against Rice next week.

Oct. 4
Army 44 … Tulane 13
Army got the running game working as fullback Collin Mooney scored from four, two, 35 and 10 yards out and Frank Scappaticci, who picked off two passes, took a pass 35 yards for a score. Tulane couldn’t stop making mistakes, turning it over four tines and committing ten penalties, but the big problem was the run defense. The Green Wave was down 23-0 in the first half before getting a one-yard touchdown run from Andre Anderson and a 49-yard scoring grab from Jeremy Williams. And then Mooney and the running game took over as the Black Knights scored 21 fourth quarter points.
Player of the game: Army RB Collin Mooney ran 19 times for 187 yards and four touchdowns, and he caught three passes for 19 yards
Stat Leaders: Army - Passing: Chip Bowden, 3-4, 39 yds
Rushing:
Collin Mooney, 19-187, 4 TD. Receiving: Collin Mooney 3-19
Tulane
- Passing: Kevin Moore, 22-35, 273 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Andre Anderson, 21-107, 1 TD. Receiving: Andre Anderson, 6-59

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tulane is better than this. Much better. It was as if the Green Wave defense didn’t take the Army offense seriously, and why should it have? The Black Knights didn’t do anything all season long. Tulane helped with several mistakes, committing 10 penalties and turning it over four times. On the plus side, the offense moved the ball. Kevin Moore came up with the yards, but not the points. This was a must win, and next week’s game at UTEP is really a must win.

Sept. 25
Tulane 34 … SMU 27
Andre Anderson finished with 219 yards with a one-yard score, and Jeremy Williams caught a 51-yard touchdown pass and Alan Mitchell caught a 23-yard pass for a score as Tulane got out 31-7 halftime lead. SMU owned the second half with Bo Levi Mitchell throwing two of his three touchdown passes, including a 13-yarder to Terrance Wilkerson with just over two minutes to play to pull the Mustangs within seven. Tulane got the on-side kick and ran out the clock.
Player of the game:
Tulane RB Andre Anderson ran 36 times for 219 yards and a touchdown, and he caught four passes for 38 yards.
Stat Leaders: Tulane
- Passing: Kevin Moore, 19-24, 254 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Andre Anderson, 36-219, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Williams, 6-124, 3 TD
SMU
- Passing: Bo Levi Mitchell, 21-44, 256 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Thomas Morstead, 1-34. Receiving: Emmanuel Sanders, 9-115, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Tulane was nearly flawless at times against SMU with a balanced offense and yet another great game from Andre Anderson, but as the second half showed, there's little margin for error. With ten penalties and two key turnovers, Tulane allowed SMU to get back in a game that should've been a blowout. The defense, overall, has been fantastic and should be strong enough to hold its own against the better Conference USA offense. The defensive line won the battle up front, and it should have few problems against Army and UTEP over the next two games.

Sept. 20
Tulane 24 … UL Monroe 10
Andre Anderson ran for 157 yards and a nine-yard touchdown and Albert Williams added a 37-yard touchdown dash as Tulane jumped out to a 17-0 lead and was never threatened. The defense stuffed the ULM running game allowing just 64 yards and just nine first downs. The Warhawks didn’t get into the end zone until late in the fourth quarter on a four-yard Darrell McNeal run.
Player of the game:
Tulane RB Andre Anderson ran 38 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 20 yards
Stat Leaders: Tulane
- Passing: Kevin Moore, 19-32, 272 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Andre Anderson, 38-157 yds, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Williams, 6-49, 1 TD
UL Monroe
- Passing: Kinsmon Lancaster, 13-18, 118 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Frank Goodin, 14-87. Receiving: Darrell McNeal, 4-40
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Tulane’s defense is playing as well as any in Conference USA. UL Monroe might not be a juggernaut, but the Green Wave defensive front was dominant with four sacks and stuff after stuff against the run. The offense was effective with Andre Anderson pounding the ball well and QB Kevin Moore keeping the chains moving. With winnable games against SMU, Army, UTEP and Rice up next, the chance will be there to go on a nice run.

Sept. 13
East Carolina 28 … Tulane 24
Jamar Bryant gave East Carolina the lead with a 24-yard touchdown catch with 1:41 to play, but it took a Pierre Bell interception in the final minute to seal the win. The two teams traded scores all day long, with Tulane getting the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter after a one-yard Andre Allison touchdown run and a 28-yard Ross Thevenot field goal. ECU started off the scoring with a blocked field goal for a touchdown from linebacker Quentin Cotton, and got a 51-yard touchdown catch from Norman Whitley and a three-yard Brandon Simmons scoring run as part of a wild third quarter. Tulane got two short Anderson scoring dashes and a 4-yard Jeremy Williams touchdown catch, but couldn’t rally in the end.   
Player of the game:
East Carolina LB Quentin Cotton had a couple of tackles, a sack, an interception, and a 44-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: East Carolina
- Passing: Patrick Pinkney, 22-32, 260 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon Simmons, 9-27, 1 TD. Receiving: Dwayne Harris, 6-72
Tulane
- Passing: Kevin Moore, 21-37, 236 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing: Andre Anderson, 33-82, 2 TDs. Receiving: Jeremy Williams, 8-138, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tulane can play. Yeah, it’s 0-2 to start out, but the defense played well in the losses to Alabama and East Carolina while the offense showed a little bit of spark. Kevin Moore is a decent quarterback to build around, while Andre Anderson had a workmanlike effort. The run defense was fantastic. The Green Wave went toe-to-toe against the best in Conference USA, and it had a chance to win in the end.  

Sept. 6
Alabama 20 ... Tulane 6
Alabama's offense stunk, gaining just 172 yards, but Javier Arenas returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown and Chris Rogers returned a blocked punt 17 yards for a score. Mark Ingram added a 15-yard scoring run in the third quarter on the one good Bama drive of the game, and the defense did the rest. The Green Wave moved the ball, gaining 318 yards, but only managed two Ross Thevenot field goals.
Player of the game: Alabama LB Rolando McClain made 15 tackles and two tackles for loss with a broken up pass
Stat Leaders: Tulane - Passing: Kevin Moore, 28-49, 225 yds
Rushing: Andre Anderson, 13-32. Receiving: Brian King, 6-51
Alabama - Passing: John Parker Wilson, 11-23, 3 yds
Rushing: Mark Ingram, 11-63, 1 TD,. Receiving: Marquis Maze, 4-22
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Alabama might not have brought the same effort it had in the win over Clemson, but Tulane still has to be thrilled at the way the defense performed. It did a great job of generating pressure with four sacks of John Parker Wilson and held the Tide running game in check. A loss is a loss, and the offense only managed six points, but with East Carolina up next, the team showed it has the strength up front and the make-up to keep it close against a far better opponent.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Ryan Griffin QB 6-4 211 Fr. Westlake Village, Calif./Chaminade College Prep
Two-year letterman at Chaminade College Prep for coaches Ben McEnroe and Anthony Harris...rated No. 21 prep quarterback by ESPN.com and No. 67 by Scout.com...named All-Far West Area by Superprep Magazine...helped lead prep squad to a combined 15-8 record, including a trip to the state semifinals as a junior and claimed both Mission League Offensive MVP and first-team all-league honors both years...as a senior, threw for 2,137 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding four rushing scores...as a junior, named all-area and second-team All-CIF after completing 225-of-380 passes (.592) for 3,358 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight picks...also earned two varsity letters in basketball and one in volleyball...off the field, is a member of the National Honor Society...chose Tulane over Northwestern, Hawaii and San Diego State.


Potential Instant Impact Players

Rich Bell DL/C 6-1 270 Fr. Menden, Mass./Salisbury School
Five-year letterman at Salisbury School where he saw time at center and nose guard for coach Chris Adamson...rated the No. 22 prep center by ESPN.com and No. 30 by Scout.com .... named All-Northeast by Superprep Magazine...a two-time all-league selection and a three-year, two-way starter...as a senior, tallied 43 tackles while earning first-team All-New England and All-Erickson League honors...posted 83 tackles as a junior, including 15 for loss and four sacks, and recovered three fumbles in helping the Knights go undefeated and win the New England Championship...also lettered in wrestling where he finished sixth in New England as a senior...chose Tulane over Ohio, Akron and Western Michigan.


Kristofar Rhymes DB 6-0 200 Fr. Houston, Texas/Thurgood Marshall
Three-year varsity letterman at Lamar Consolidated and Thurgood Marshall High where he saw time at running back, tight end, linebacker and strong safety for a new coach each season...rated No. 84 safety in the nation by Scout.com...helped the Buffalos go a combined 27-7 with three trips to the state playoffs...played freshman season at Memphis University School where he helped the team win the state title...as a senior, named first-team All-District 23-5A and claimed Houston Top 110 honors from the Houston Chronicle after posting 49 tackles, breaking up a pair of passes and recovering a fumble for a touchdown...voted team captain as a senior in 2007...sat out junior season with a knee injury...also earned three varsity letters in track and field...is on pace to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his class in May...chose Tulane over Baylor, Northwestern and Texas Tech.


Rest of the Class
David Allen LB 6-2 200 Fr. South Pasadena, Calif./South Pasadena
Emmanuel Aluko DL 6-3 280 Fr. Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik
Chris Asumnu DL 6-1 271 Fr. Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik
Nathan Austin RB 6-1 206 Fr. Lake Charles, La./Barbe
Casey Blum DL 6-3 245 Fr. Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark
Darryl Farley LB 5-11 228 Fr. Atlanta, Ga./Grady
Ian Harson DB 5-11 175 Fr. Iowa, La./Iowa
Harris Howard OL 6-4 288 Fr. Alpharetta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic
Eric Jones OL 6-6 290 Fr. Hoover, Ala./Spain Park
Alex Lauricella DB 6-0 180 Fr. River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian
Sule Osagiede LB 6-0 190 Fr. Houston, Texas/Lamar Consolidated
D.J. Ponder QB 6-2 185 Fr. Baton Rouge, La./Catholic
Kasey Stelly FB 6-1 231 Fr. Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More
Kadeem Taylor DL 6-4 235 Fr. Monroe, La./Carroll
Rafael Vazquez OL 6-5 321 Fr. Orlando, Fla./Edgewater
Troy Wainwright TE 6-3 230 Fr. Lake Charles, La./Barbe

2007 Recap

Recap:
There was progress in Bob Toledo’s first season at Tulane, even if it wasn’t always evident on the scoreboard.  The Green Wave won four games, two in the final three games, escaping the West Division cellar that appeared to be its destiny before the season began.  The season wound up being the year of Matt Forte, who rushed for 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns in the best individual performance by a Tulane player in school history.        

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Matt Forte

Defensive Player of the Year: S Joe Goosby

Biggest Surprise: Forte.  Everyone around the program knew Forte was good, but no one could have expected him to play so well in his final year in New Orleans.  Plagued by durability issues and a lack of a supporting cast, he twice exploded for more than 300 yards in a game, and flourished in a new system that made more use of a tight end and a fullback.   

Biggest Disappointment: The Green Wave would have inched closer to the .500 mark had it not blown a game to Army on Oct. 6.  Up by a touchdown with 29 seconds left, Tulane allowed the Knights and backup QB Kevin Dunn to travel 80 yards, the last 36 on a deflected pass with no time on the clock that sent the game to overtime.

Looking Ahead: The Green Wave doesn’t lose much in terms of pure numbers, but replacing Forte will be next to impossible.  Toledo’s West Coast offense might lean more heavily on the pass in 2008, provided Anthony Scelfo and Kevin Moore become more consistent passers.

 

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