Sept. 17, 2011
Tulane 49, UAB 10
Tulane Game 3
Saturday's game marked the eighth meeting between Tulane and UAB on the gridiron. With the win, the Green Wave evened the all-time series at four wins apiece. The win snaps a two-game losing streak to the Blazers and Tulane's first victory over UAB since winning a slugfest, 59-55, on Oct. 23, 2004, at Tad Gormley Stadium. The win is Tulane's first ever over UAB in three ties at Legion Field.
With the win, Tulane improves to 2-1 on the year and 1-1 in Conference USA action. Saturday's decision gives the Green Wave a winning record three games into a season since 2005. That season, the Green Wave opened the year with a 21-14 loss to Mississippi State on Sept. 17 in Shreveport, La., defeated SMU 31-10 on Sept. 24 in Dallas, and downed Southeastern Louisiana 28-21 on Oct. 1 in Baton Rouge.
Saturday's 49-10 win at UAB gives head coach Bob Toledo a 4-1 record in the third week of the Green Wave's season. Under Toledo, Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana 35-27 on Sept. 22, 2007, in the Louisiana Superdome, downed Louisiana-Monroe 24-10 on Sept. 20, 2008 in the Dome, beat McNeese State 42-32 on Sept. 26, 2009 in New Orleans and fell at Houston 42-23 on Sept. 25, 2010.
Tulane's 39-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Green Wave in a Conference USA game since the league's inception prior to the start of the 1996 season. Before Saturday's win at Legion Field, Tulane's largest league victory was 34 in a 44-10 win at Houston on Nov. 22, 1997. Saturday's win was Tulane's most lopsided victory since defeating Louisiana-Monroe 52-9 (43 points) on Oct. 5, 2002, at ULM's Malone Stadium.
Tulane's 21-point halftime lead (28-7) was the largest advantage at the break since the Green Wave were up on SMU 31-7 after 30 minutes of play on Sept. 25, 2008. Tulane ended up winning that contest, 34-27, in the Louisiana Superdome.
The Green Wave offense rolled up 540 total yards on Saturday against UAB, marking the first time Tulane posted 500-plus yards of total offense since tallying 512 vs. Rice last season (Nov. 13, 2010).
With 262 rushing and 278 passing yards against the Blazers, the Tulane offense posted 200-plus rushing and passing yards in the same game since putting together 260 rushing and 201 passing yards last season at UTEP (Oct. 23, 2010).
Tulane held UAB's offense to just 10 first downs on the day. It is the first time the Green Wave defense held an opponent to 10-or-fewer first downs since giving up 10 at SMU on Sept. 24, 2005.
The Green Wave defense held UAB to just 48 rushing yards on 17 carries. The last time Tulane allowed 50-or-fewer-yards rushing was at Rice (23) on Nov. 17, 2007.
The Tulane defense held UAB to just 193 yards of total offense (48 rushing, 193 passing). The last time the Green Wave held an opponent to less than 200 yards was on Sept. 20, 2008, when they limited Louisiana-Monroe to 182 in the Louisiana Superdome.
With his first completion of the day - an eight-yard pass to Joe Kemp - junior quarterback Ryan Griffin moved into sole possession of seventh place on the Tulane career passing charts. Griffin completed his first 11 passes for 164 yards and finished the game 22-of-26 for 281 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career yardage total to 4,471. Griffin moved past Deron Smith, who threw for 4,190 yards from 1987-90. He is now 1,198 passing yards behind Roch Hontas (5,669 from 1976-79) for sixth place on Tulane's all-time list.
Ryan Griffin tied a career and season high with three touchdown passes in Saturday's win at UAB. Combined with his three scoring tosses in Sept. 3's season-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana, Griffin now has six three-touchdown games for his career and 29 scoring strikes since the 2009 season.
For his career, Griffin has completed 418-of-693 passes (.603), including 29 touchdown tosses. He currently sits atop the Tulane career record book in completion percentage (.603), seventh in completions and attempts, and eighth in touchdown passes.
Junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey's second-quarter 39-yard touchdown return of an intercepted shovel pass marked the Green Wave's first pick-6 since Nov. 1, 2008, when Travis Burks returned a pass 43 yards for a score against LSU in Tiger Stadium. It was Mackey's second score of the season as he found the endzone via TD reception in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana.
Sophomore nickelback's Derrick Strozier's 55-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter marked the first time two Tulane players returned interceptions for a score since Oct. 29, 2005 in a game against Marshall at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. In that contest, Bruce Youmans and Tra Boger had scoring returns of 51 and 66 yards, respectively.
Freshman safety Renaldo Thomas tallied his first career interception with 6:50 to play in the first half. Thomas becomes the third player this season to pick off their first pass as Derrick Strozier had an interception against Southeastern Louisiana and Ryan Travis followed suit last week vs. Tulsa.
Four Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday vs. Southeastern Louisiana - junior DT Austen Jacks (15), junior LB Trent Mackey (15), junior safety Shakiel Smith (15) and junior cornerback Ryan Travis (15)
Junior Zach Morgan started his first game of the season, opening the game at left guard. Senior Harris Howard, meanwhile, started his sixth consecutive game dating back to last season. After opening the game at right guard the first two games of the 2011 season, Howard started Saturday's game at UAB as the Green Wave's right tackle.
Freshman wide receiver Brandon LeBeau made his first collegiate start on Saturday against UAB, opening the game lined up wide to the left side of the formation. He becomes the sixth Tulane player to make his first start this season and is the second true freshman to do so. Rookie Renaldo Thomas started last week vs. Tulsa, while redshirt-freshman Matt Marfisi earned the call against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3.