Tulane falls at Memphis, 47-17

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tulane University football team fell at Memphis, 17-47, at the Liberty Bowl Saturday night.

Tulane (5-2, 2-1) outgained Memphis (6-1, 2-1) 146-112 on the ground, but the Tigers took the edge 358-187 in the air.

Senior quarterback Justin McMillan led the Green Wave with 89 yards and a touchdown rushing and 187 yards and a touchdown passing. Junior safety Chase Kuerschen made a game-high eight tackles.

McMillan led the Green Wave on a seven-play, 61-yard opening drive capped off by a 31-yard field goal from kicker Merek Glover to give Tulane a 3-0 lead. On the ensuing Memphis drive, the Tigers scored to take a 7-3 lead over Tulane.

After a Tulane turnover, the Tigers scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass but were unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt and took a 13-3 lead into the second quarter. On the next Tulane possession, the Green Wave drove 75 yards in 12 plays for a seven-yard McMillan rushing touchdown. This cut the Memphis lead to 13-10 in the second quarter.

Memphis extended its lead to 20-10 with a nine-play, 49-yard drive with nine minutes remaining in the first half. The Tigers scored on their next two possessions to take a 34-10 lead into halftime.

The Tigers scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a 10-40 lead over the Green Wave. Memphis added a touchdown in the fourth to push score to 47-10. McMillan and senior wide receiver Darnell Mooney connected for a 32-yard touchdown to set the final score at 47-17.

Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell led the Tigers with 104 yards and a touchdown rushing plus another 203 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

The Green Wave will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Navy.

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TULANE 17, MEMPHIS 47 – POSTGAME NOTES (30,221 – Attendance)


  • Tulane’s loss to Memphis on the road snapped the Green Wave’s four-game winning streak.
  • Tulane fell to 10-3 in its last 13 games dating back to last season.
  • With the loss, Tulane dropped to 5-2 on the year.
  • Tulane fell to 12-23 all-time against Memphis
  • Memphis outgained the Green Wave by a 470-333 count.
  • Team captains for today’s game were QB Justin McMillan, DL Patrick Johnson, DL De’Andre Williams and RB Amare Jones.
  • Sophomore DL Dane Ziegler carried the New Orleans flag. Junior CB Jaylon Monroe carried the American Athletic Conference Power 6 flag.
  • Sophomore OL Joey Claybrook carried the No. 18 flag in honor of Devon Walker.
  • With the loss, head coach Willie Fritz fell to 214-97-1 all-time. Fritz owns a 75-47 mark in the month of October.


  • The Green Wave offensive starters were QB Justin McMillan, RB Corey Dauphine, TE Tyrick James, TE Will Wallace, WR Darnell Mooney, WR Jalen McCleskey, OL Ben Knutson, OL Keyshawn McLeod, OL Corey Dublin, OL Christian Montano and OL Joey Claybrook.
  • Mooney made his 35th consecutive start, while Dublin made his 32nd straight start.
  • Tulane has now scored points in 24 of 28 quarters this season.
  • The Green Wave failed to surpass 400 yards of offense for just the second time this season.
  • McMillan dropped to 10-3 as a starter. He is 4-3 on the road.
  • McMillan finished the night by going 15-of-28 for 187 yards. He also ran and passed for a score for the seventh time in his career. McMillan leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns on the year.
  • McMillan led the team with 89 yards rushing.
  • Mooney extended his consecutive catch streak to 26 games, as he hauled in five receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown.
  • Mooney now 18 career receiving touchdowns which ranks ninth all-time in program history.
  • The Green Wave have now surpassed 100 yards rushing in 47 straight games. Tulane finished the game with 146 yards rushing.


  • The Green Wave defensive starters were DL Patrick Johnson, DL De’Andre Williams, DL Cameron Sample, NT Jeffery Johnson, LB Marvin Moody, LB Lawrence Graham, LB Malik Lawal, CB Jaylon Monroe, S P.J. Hall, S Chase Kuerschen, and CB Thakarius Keyes.
  • Tulane registered 6.0 tackles for loss. The Green Wave have tallied 5.0-or-more tackles for loss five times this season.
  • Tulane failed to force a turnover for the first time all season.
  • Junior safety Chase Kuerschen tied a season-high with 8.0 tackles.
  • Sophomore Carlos Hatcher posted a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss.


  • Redshirt junior kicker Merek Glover was a perfect 2-for-2 in extra points. Glover connected on a 31-yard field goal to give the Green Wave the first points of the game.
  • Sophomore Amare Jones had three kickoff returns for 53 yards. Jones finished the game with 92 all-purpose yards.
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