Sept. 12, 2013
Tulane 24, Louisiana Tech 15
Tulane Game 3
Joe Aillet Stadium
Saturday's game marked the eighth all-time meeting between Tulane and Louisiana Tech on the gridiron and the first of the series played in Ruston, La. With the win, Tulane improves to 8-0 in the all-time series.
Tulane is now 1-1 in Joe Aillet Stadium, equaling its mark after dropping a 45-21 decision to UTEP on Oct. 14, 2005 - a season which saw the Green Wave play 11 games in 11 weeks in 11 different stadiums in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The win improves Tulane to 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in Conference USA play. The Green Wave are now 6-12 in C-USA openers since the league's inception in 1996 and 5-5 when opening the league slate on the road.
Tulane's win over the Bulldogs gave the Green Wave a win in the C-USA opener for the first time since 2005 when the team defeated host SMU, 31-10, on Sept. 24, 2005, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
The victory also snapped an 11-game road losing streak. Tulane's last win away from home came on Sept. 17, 2011, when Tulane downed C-USA rival UAB, 49-10, at Legion Field.
Tulane forced two turnovers on Thursday against Louisiana Tech (1 interception, 1 fumble recovery) to bring the season total to 11. Tulane has now forced at least one turnover in each of its last 16 games dating back to the 2011 season finale at Hawai'i.
The Green Wave turned the two forced turnovers into 10 points (1 touchdown, 1 field goal). For the season, Tulane has forced 11 turnovers and turned them into 37 points courtesy of four touchdowns and three field goals.
Sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss third-quarter interception was his second of the year and seventh of his career.
Senior DT Chris Davenport registered his first career sack and TFL with a take-down of Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins with 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter
With seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 23 on Thursday at Louisiana Tech. The last time Grant - who missed the final 12 games of the 2011 season due to injury - failed to catch a pass in a game he played in came on Oct. 9, 2010, against Army. He now has multiple-catch outings in each of his last eight contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 143 passes for 2,078 yards (14.5 avg.) and 15 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moved up to ninth in receiving yards (surpassing Robert Griffin's 1,945 from 1980-83) and into a tie for 10th in scoring grabs (equaling the mark of Mewelde Moore from 2000-03) while remaining eighth in yards per catch and 10th in total receptions.
Senior preseason All-American K Cairo Santos was perfect on the day with a 51-yard field goal and three PATs in as many attempts. He has now converted each of his last 25 field goals and 37 PATs dating back to last season.
For his career, Santos has now scored 249 points after connecting on 49-of-59 field goals (.831) and 102-of-105 PATs (.971). In the Tulane record book, he moved into sole possession of second play in field goals made (breaking a tie of 48 with Brad Palazzo from 1995-98) and into a tie for third in PATs made (equaling the mark of 102 by Ross Thevenot from 2006-09) while remaining first in field goal percentage, third in points scored kicking, fourth in PAT attempts, tied for fifth in PAT percentage, sixth in total points scored and seventh in field goal attempts.
Senior RB Orleans Darkwa reached the endzone for the third time in as many games this season, running 20 times for a season-high 68 yards. He now has five rushing touchdowns on the young season and his scored against the Bulldogs moved him into sole possession of fifth place in career total touchdowns (breaking the tie of 31 by Eddie Price from 1946-49 and JaJauan Dawson from 1996-99).
For his career, Darkwa has run 518 times for 2,240 yards (4.32 avg.) and 32 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moves into sole possession of second place in rushing touchdown (breaking a tie of 31 by Bill Banker from 1927-29) and into third in rushing attempts (leaping the mark of 514 by Eddie Price from 1946-49, 515 by Bill Banker from 1927-29 and 517 by Chance Miller from 1989-92) while remaining seventh in rushing yards.
Senior DT Julius Warmsley and freshman LB Nico Marley both had a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss against Louisiana TEch, becoming the first Tulane players to have that many stops behind the line of scrimmage since Trent Mackey accomplished the feat at SMU on Nov. 5, 2011.
Senior DE Jeremy Peeples, a graduate-student transfer from LSU, made his first career start against the Bulldogs.
Two Green Wave players - redshirt-freshman receiver Kedrick Banks and true freshman - made their collegiate debuts on Thursday at Louisiana Tech. For the season, Tulane has now seen 24 players make their debut in a Green Wave uniform this season, including five transfers with previous Division I experience.
Tulane's game captains for Thursday's contest at Louisiana Tech were senior C Zach Morgan representing the offense, senior CB Jordan Sullen representing the defense, and senior PK Cairo Santos representing the special teams.