Nov. 26, 2005
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Today was the 27th meeting between Southern Miss and Tulane. With its 26-7 victory today, Southern Miss holds a 20-7 series advantage, and has won 10 the past 12 meetings
With a win today, Southern Miss assures itself of a non-losing season for the 12th consecutive season, earning bowl eligibility.
Dustin Almond completed 18-of-30 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown today. He moved into second all-time in school history in total offense, with 7,337 yards, moving past Jeff Kelly's 7,095 total today.
Almond now has 21 touchdown passes on the season, tying for the second most in school history, matching Jeff Kelly's 21 touchdown performance in the 1999 season.
Almond now has 7,089 passing yards in his career, seven yards shy from second all time (Jeff Kelly, 7,095).
Darren McCaleb connected on an extra point in the first quarter, setting the school's all-time scoring record, breaking the previous high of 234 set by Sammy Winder from 1978-81.
McCaleb connected on four field goals today, a 34 yarder, twice from 41 yards and a 33-yarder, as he tied a school record for most field goals made in a season, matching his performance against East Carolina (10/1), Chris Seroka against Memphis (1988) and Rex Banks against Georgia (1984). With his performance today, McCaleb moved into a tie for fifth all-time in Conference USA with 52 made field goals, matching East Carolina's Kevin Miller.
With two extra points today, McCaleb is tied for the most made extra points in school history, matching Brant Hanna (1998-01) with 92.
Shawn Nelson had his first 100-yard receiving game of his career today, finishing with five catches for 113 yards. It was the fourth 100-yard receiving game by a Golden Eagle receiver this season, joining Josh Barnes (103, Houston), Antwon Courington (118, East Carolina) and Chris Johnson (113, UAB). He caught his third career touchdown on a 63-yard reception in the third quarter. It was only the second 100-yard receiving game by a tight end in school history, as Marvin Harvey had the first, with three catches for 144 yards against Hawaii on Oct. 15, 1977.
Redshirt freshman Cole Mason scored his third touchdown of the season today, on a one-yard run in the first quarter. Mason also had touchdowns against Marshall and Houston. Mason finished with a career-high 12 carries for 41 yards tonight.
John Eubanks recorded his third career interception in the second quarter today. With that interception, Southern Miss has now had at least one interception in 14 of the past 15 games.
Caleb Hendrix returned to the field tonight, after missing the Memphis game and the second half against Houston with a concussion. Hendrix made his return a good one, as he finished with his first interception of the season.
Cody Hull made his first career start at running back today, finishing with a career-high 23 carries for 85 yards. Hull's 85 rushing yards were the second most of his career, as he had 88 against East Carolina (10/1).
Southern Miss forced three turnovers tonight, giving them 32 on the season. On the season, the team has turned turnovers into 127 points (113 of turnovers, 14 off downs).
Damion Carter caught a career long pass today, a 75 yarder, finishing with a career-high 85 receiving yards.
Adam Hurst caught a five-yard pass today in the fourth quarter, his first reception since posting two catches for 11 yards against McNeese State.
Matt Forté passed the 100-yard mark for the game on a season-long 26-yard run in the third quarter. It was Forté's first 100-yard game of the season and the second of his career. Forté finished as Tulane's leading rusher with 761 yards to rank 14th on the single-season list. For his career, Forté's 1,279 yards rank 15th on the school's all-time chart.
Tulane executed its third successful fake punt of the year in the third quarter. The Green Wave picked up 26 yards on the play, a pass completion from Barrett Pepper to Anthony Cannon. It was Cannon's first career pass reception while Pepper completed his first career pass. Tulane had two successful conversions out of punt formation versus Mississippi State.
After returning to its temporary home in Ruston tonight for the last time, the Green Wave will have completed their season-long road trip with a grand total of 8,815 miles. Tulane, which has played 11 games in 11 stadiums in 11 weeks this season, has totaled 3,644 miles on the road via bus and 5,171 miles in the air on three-and-a-half trips (round trip to Orlando [UCF], Mobile [Marshall] and Baltimore [Navy] and one-way to Houston [Rice]).
Linebacker Anthony Cannon recorded his 24th career double-figure tackle game with 11 Saturday. He finished his career with 437 career tackles to rank third all-time in Conference USA and fourth all-time at Tulane. He has had four straight 100-tackle seasons. He also ranks sixth all-time in solo tackles with 235 and is second in career assists with 202. With 2.5 tackles for loss, Cannon ranks fifth all-time at Tulane in career tackles for loss with a total of 29.
Strong safety Tra Boger played in his 50th career game for the Green Wave. The fifth-year senior redshirted last season after playing in two games.
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