MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -
ran for three touchdowns and Memphis capped a wild season with a 45-6 rout of Tulane in the Conference USA finale for both
teams on Saturday.
The Tigers' (6-6, 4-4) win made them eligible for a fifth bowl trip in six seasons. Tulane (2-10, 1-7) finished with eight
Memphis started 0-3 this year, and then had to win while weathering midseason injuries to three of its top four quarterbacks
to clinch postseason play.
Black, a receiver, took six direct snaps out of the ''wild'' formation for 38 yards and scores of 36, 2 and 1 yards. Tailback
ran for 135 yards and a score, giving him 1,175 yards for the season - the fourth best one-year effort in school history.
The top three were turned in between 2003-05 by current Carolina Panthers running back D'Angelo Williams.
opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run off a direct snap for Memphis, who stretched its lead to a 31-0 lead midway
through the third, and freshman
scored on a 1-yard run in the final period to cap the scoring. The Tigers rolled up 379 of their 488 total yards on the ground.
, who returned last week after being out with a broken thumb suffered at East Carolina on Oct. 18, hit 10 of 12 passes for
Memphis' defense limited Tulane to 222 yards and forced three turnovers, a fumble recovery by
and interceptions from
. The Tigers also blocked a field goal try.
Tulane's only score came on an 8-yard run by
late in the third quarter.
missed the extra point, his first miss since early in the 2006 season.