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Tulane Remains Undefeated by Surviving Memphis Rally

November 08, 1998|From Associated Press

Fifteenth-ranked Tulane thought it had the game in hand Saturday against Memphis, and the Green Wave almost started coasting too soon.

Memphis scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns before Tulane held on for a 41-31 victory at Memphis, Tenn., to remain undefeated.

"I definitely say we let up," Tulane Coach Tommy Bowden said. "We didn't play with the same intensity we did in the first half. There's no doubt. Why? That's what we have to find the answer."

Shaun King passed for four touchdowns and ran for another for Tulane (8-0 overall, 4-0 in Conference USA). King completed his first 14 passes as the Green wave built a 27-7 halftime lead and finished 27 of 38 for 285 yards.

"It's disappointing," Memphis Coach Rip Scherer said. "You can't spot them 21 points like we did . . . It shows our guys don't give up until the final whistle. Something like that will help keep building confidence."

Memphis (2-7, 1-3) had quite a fourth-quarter rally. Gerald Arnold scored on a 30-yard run, Neil Suber threw his second touchdown pass of the game and Arnold scored again on a seven-yard run with 4:28 left.

Tulane was able to run the clock out.

The Green Wave finished with 497 yards of offense and would have topped the 500-yard mark if King hadn't taken a knee behind the line on the final plays.


Amos Zereoue, hampered because of injuries when Syracuse beat West Virginia the last two years, rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-2) recorded a 35-28 Big East victory over the No. 15 Orangemen (5-3, 3-1) at Morgantown, W.Va. Syracuse's Donovan McNabb was 16 for 29 for 281 yards but was sacked five times. . . . Quarterback Blane Morgan and No. 25 Air Force (8-1) took charge early on the way to a 35-7 victory over Army (2-6) at West Point, N.Y. Receiver Matt Farmer scored on a 45-yard reverse play and Morgan connected on touchdown pass plays of 54 and 74 yards to Dylan Newman as Air Force's top-ranked rushing attack (296.8 yards per game) took a back seat to its passing game. Air Force won its 12th Commander in Chief's Trophy. Air Force beat Navy, 49-7, earlier this season. . . . Mike McMahon threw for 243 yards and a career-high three touchdowns and then ran three yards for the winning score with 1:18 remaining to lead Rutgers (5-5-1) to a 36-33 victory over Navy (3-5) at Annapolis, Md. . . . Freshman quarterback Mac DeVito came off the bench to rally Temple from a 20-point deficit, scoring on a decisive one-yard run with 30 seconds remaining as the Owls (2-7, 2-3) recorded a 34-33 Big East victory over Pittsburgh (26, 0-4) at Pittsburgh. Temple has won only 13 games since 1991, but has beaten Pittsburgh three times in the last four seasons. The Owls upset Pitt, 17-13, last season, a week after the Panthers beat nationally ranked Miami.

Matt Rader threw two touchdown passes and tailback Jim Finn threw another in the opening 4:48 as Penn (6-2, 4-1) opened its bag of tricks for a 27-14 Ivy League victory over Princeton (4-4, 3-2) at Princeton, N.J. . . . Quarterback James Perry, the nation's Division I-AA leader in total offense, completed 30 of 40 passes for 281 yards and Sean Morey had 11 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns as Brown (5-3, 3-2) kept alive Ivy League title hopes with a 27-6 victory over Harvard (4-4, 3-2) at Boston. . . . Joe Walland completed 20 of 27 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Rashad Bartholomew ran for 176 yards as Yale (4-4, 3-2) scored a 28-21 Ivy League victory over Cornell (4-4, 1-4) at New Haven, Conn. . . . Paris Childress passed for two touchdowns as Columbia (3-5, 2-3) rolled up a 21-0 halftime lead and held on for a 24-14 Ivy League victory over Dartmouth (2-6, 1-4) at Hanover, N.H. The Lions ended a 26-game winless streak against the Big Green.


Torry Holt broke his school record with 15 catches, but it was Ray Robinson's running that played a key role down the stretch as North Carolina State (6-3, 4-2) notched a 38-27 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Wake Forest (3-6, 2-4) at Raleigh, N.C. Robinson, a freshman tailback, gained 164 yards in 23 carries and his 54-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Wolfpack a 10-point lead. Holt had 179 receiving yards, with 118 coming in the third quarter. . . . Na Brown caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and ran 48 yards for a touchdown on consecutive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter to help North Carolina (4-4, 3-2) to a 24-13 ACC victory over Maryland (2-7, 0-6) at Chapel Hill, N.C.


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