Sept. 20, 2008
Tulane 24, Louisiana-Monroe 10
Tulane Game 3
New Orleans, La.
Today's game marked just the second all-time meeting between Tulane and Louisiana-Monroe. With the win, Tulane improves to 2-0 in the series. Saturday's game also marked the first meeting between the two schools in the Louisiana Superdome. The only prior meeting between Tulane and ULM came back on Oct. 5, 2002, when the Green Wave downed the then-Indians, 52-9, at Malone Stadium in Monroe, La.
For the second consecutive season under head coach Bob Toledo, the Green Wave picked up their first win of the year in their third week of action, and both wins came against a Louisiana opponent. Last year, Tulane entered week three 0-2 before defeating Southeastern Louisiana, 35-27, on Sept. 22, 2007, in the Louisiana Superdome. The Green Wave entered today's ballgame against UL-Monroe, 0-2.
Tulane is now 18-14 vs. non-conference opponents (at the time of the competition) since the 2000 season, including a 2-0 record against Louisiana-Monroe.
Tulane entered the game the NCAA leader with a 4.5 sack-per-game average. The Green Wave did very little to hurt that average today against the Warhawks, as the Tulane defense sacked ULM signal caller Kinsmon Lancaster four times to bring its season sack total to 13.
Junior running back André Anderson posted his first career 100-yard rushing day, galloping for 157 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries. His previous career high of 82 yards came last week against East Carolina. Andrson's 157 yards ranks 29th in Tulane history and marks the 139th time that a Green Wave player has rushed for 100-plus yards in a game. His 38 carries, meanwhile, ranks tied for fifth in single-game history, just six behind Matt Forté's record of 44 set last Oct. 27 against Memphis.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore set single-game career highs for the third consecutive week with 272 yards through the air. Ironically enough, his 19 completions and 32 passing attempts were both season lows.
Junior outside linebacker Logan Kelley had a career-high two sacks (for 17 yards lost) against UL-Monroe and now has at least one sack in each of Tulane's three ballgames in 2008. Entering the year, Kelley had just three sacks for his career - all coming last season.
The nine-yard touchdown run by André Anderson on the game's opening drive marked the first time this season that the Green Wave scored on the their opening possession. The last time a Tulane team scored on its opening drive came in last season's finale when the Wave booted a field goal on its opening drive at East Carolina on Nov. 24, 2007. The last time Tulane scored a touchdown on its opening drive came against UTEP on Nov. 10, 2007, when Jeremy Williams hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Scelfo with 11:12 on the clock at the Louisiana Superdome.
Anderson's scoring jaunt came just 1:50 into the ballgame, marking Tulane's fastest score since Oct. 26, 2002, against Navy - a span of 65 games. In that game, Damarcus Davis capped a three-play, 61-yard drive with a 54-yard touchdown reception from J.P. Losman just 1:01 into the contest at the Louisiana Superdome. Prior to Anderson's touchdown against the Warhawks, Tulane's fastest score since the Navy game came against Northwestern State on Sept. 6, 2003, when Mewelde Moore snared a 32-yard Losman pass 1:57 into the ballgame at Tad Gormley Stadium.
By limiting Louisiana-Monroe to 182 yards of total offense on Saturday, the Tulane defense posted its second game of holding a foe to less than 200 yards. In the season-opener against Alabama, the Green Wave allowed just 172 yards.
Today's ballgame marked the third consecutive game in 2008 that the Tulane defense held an opponent to less than 100 yards of total offense in the first half. After limiting Alabama and East Carolina to 38 and 76 yards in the first half of those respective ballgames, the Green Wave held the Warhawks to 58 yards over the first 30 minutes of play on Saturday.
By pitching a shutout in the first half (Tulane led 17-0 at the break), the Green Wave defense held an opponent scoreless over the first 30 minutes for the first time since No. 18, 2006, when Tulane led 10-0 at the break before winning, 10-9.
Charles Harris' interception of Kinsom Lancaster's pass with 13:30 remaining to play in the third quarter was the first of Harris' collegiate career. Harris' pick is even more impressive as it snapped Lancaster's streak of 174 consecutive passes without an interception - the second longest streak in the nation entering today's ballgame. It also marked just the second pick for the Green Wave in 2008, and the first by a Tulane defensive back. Defensive end Reggie Scott posted the team's lone interception of the season coming into today's ballgame last weekend against then-No. 14 East Carolina.
Freshman Albert Williams posted his first score of his collegiate career on Saturday, taking an end-around from Kevin Moore and hitting paydirt from 37-yards out with 55 seconds remaining in the first half.
Junior safety Corey Sonnier posted a career-best 10 tackles (six solo, four assists) in Saturday's win over the Warhawks. His previous career high of seven (five solo, two assists) set earlier this year at Alabama.
Saturday's game marked the collegiate debut of redshirt-freshmen Dominique Dade, who started at nickel/sam for the Green Wave defense. Senior quarterback Scott Elliott, who missed the first two games after suffering a cut on his right hand, made his first appearance of the season as well.