Sept. 11, 2010
Ole Miss 27, Tulane 13
Tulane Game 2
New Orleans, La.
Thursday's game marked the 70th meeting between Tulane and Ole Miss on the gridiron. With the loss, the Green Wave are now 28-42 against the Rebels, including a 24-26 mark in New Orleans. The loss was the 10th consecutive by the Green Wave in the series.
Tulane is now 1-1 on the year, marking the 42nd time in Green Wave football history the team split their first two games. The Wave also started the season 1-1 in 1893, 1895-96, 1898, 1901, 1903, 1913, 1921, 1927, 1930, 1935, 1942-44, 1946-48, 1950-53, 1955-56, 1967, 1970-71, 1979, 1986-90, 1992-97, 1999 and 2003-06.
For the second consecutive game, all of Tulane's points came via true freshmen as RB Orleans Darkwa scored a touchdown while K Cairo Santos hit field goals of 19 and 38 yards while splitting the uprights on his lone extra point. For the season, Darkwa now has four rushing touchdowns while Santos is 4-of-4 on field goals and 4-of-4 on PATs.
With seven catches for 41 yards, senior wide receiver Casey Robottom increased his string of multiple-catch games to 11. The last time Robottom failed to post multiple catches was against McNeese State on Sept. 26, 2009, when he did not record a touch in the Louisiana Superdome.
Sophomore WR D.J. Banks set a career-high with 85 receiving yards and fell one receptions shy of his career-best in receptions with seven. For the season, he now has 13 catches for 150 yards. In 12 games last season, Banks caught seven passes for 69 yards for the year.
Four Green Wave players recorded the first receptions of their respective careers. Freshman WR Wilson Van Hooser made his first grab, a 15-yard gain from sophomore QB Ryan Griffin with 9:52 in 2nd quarter. Junior WR Joe Kemp, who is playing his first season at receiver after lining up under center the previous two years, made his first reception on the same drive - a 26-yarder from Griffin with 8:42 to play in the second quarter. On the opening drive of the second half, Griffin caught a 15-yard pass from sophomore WR D.J. Banks for his first career reception. And finally, freshman RB Orleans Darkwa caught both of his passes (for 20 yards) in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Griffin completed all 11 of his passes for 113 yards in the third quarter. As a team, Tulane completed all 12 passes for 128 yards during the third quarter as sophomore WR D.J. Banks completed a 15-yard pass to Griffin during the period. Griffin finished the day 21-of-30 for 203 yards.
For the second consecutive game, sophomore linebacker Trent Mackey posted a career best in tackles with 14 stops (10 solo, 4 assists) against the Rebels. Mackey sat out the 2009 season after transferring from Duke and had 13 tackles (5 solo, 8 assists) in the Green Wave's season-opening victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Mackey's 10 solo stops vs. Ole Miss were also a career-high.
Sophomore LB Darryl Farley's 10-yard sack of Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley on the final play of the third quarter was the first of his career.
Senior CB Phillip Davis posted the first interception of the season with a pick of Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli with 13:00 left to play in the game. It was the third interception of his career after snaring a pair as a junior in 2009.
Redshirt-freshman Derrick Strozier posted his first collegiate touches of his career, returning five kickoffs for 107 yards with a long of 26.
For the second consecutive week, freshman punter Jonathan Ginsburgh averaged at least 40.0 yards per punt. After punting six times for 241 yards (40.2 avg.) last Thursday vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Ginsburgh punted five times for 200 yards (40.0 avg.) with a season-long of 56 yards on Saturday against Ole Miss.
Sophomore running back Payten Jason returned to the field for the first time since Oct. 10, 2009. In that game, Jason injured his knee on the final play of the game and did not play the rest of the season. He sat out the season-opener last week against Southeastern Louisiana, and had 12 rushing yards on six carries while catching two passes for eight yards vs. Ole Miss.
Two true freshmen made their collegiate debuts on Saturday night as LB Zach Davis and WR Wilson Van Hooser took the field against Ole Miss for the first time in a Tulane uniform. Through the season, 15 have played for the Green Wave in 2010.
Three Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks - senior OT Pete Hendrickson with 26 straight, senior WR Casey Robottom with 20 and senior CB Phillip Davis with 14. Sophomore QB Ryan Griffin, meanwhile, started his 10th consecutive game on Saturday.
Senior Andrew Nierman started Saturday's game vs. Ole Miss at center, marking the 37th time in as many games that he has played in that he also started. The lone game during his time at Tulane that Nierman did not start was last season at LSU (10/31/10) when he was sidelined due to injury.
Freshman LB Dominique Robertson made his first collegiate start on Saturday, lining up at strong-side linebacker against Ole Miss. Robertson played in the season-opener last Thursday vs. Southeastern Louisiana, but came off the bench as Tulane started with a nickel defense.
Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo's granddaughter Jenna Long opened the festivities for the day with a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.