Sept. 22, 2012
Ole Miss 39, Tulane 0
Tulane Game 3
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the 71st meeting between Tulane and Ole Miss. With the loss, Tulane fell to 42-38 in the all-time series. The loss was also the 11th in a row to the Rebels dating back to a 32-28 Ole Miss win on Oct. 21, 1989, in New Orleans.
In showing support for injured teammate Devon Walker - who suffered a spine injury in the Green Wave's last game at Tulsa on Sept. 8 - Tulane donned white jerseys and white pants. It was the first time the Green Wave wore white in a home game since Sept. 29, 2007, when Tulane wore specially-made Nike jerseys as part of a partnership in an effort to assist the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans.
The Green Wave defense forced three fumbles and recovered a trio in Saturday's contest against Ole Miss. It is the first time Tulane recovered three fumbles in a game since Oct. 30, 2010 vs SMU. The last time the defense forced at least three fumbles in a contest came on Nov. 26, 2011, when Tulane jarred the ball free four times in the season finale at Hawai'i.
The shutout marked the first time the Green Wave failed to score since Nov. 21, 2009, when Tulane dropped a 49-0 decision at UCF.
The shutout also marked the first time Tulane failed to score a touchdown since Sept. 10, 2011, when the Wave fell to Tulsa, 31-3, in the then-Louisiana Superdome.
The Tulane defense's seven tackles for loss and two sacks were both high-water marks for the 2012 season. The last time the Green Wave had at least seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage came on Nov. 19, 2011, when Tulane had 10 at Rice. The Wave's previous multiple-sack outing was in the 2011 season finale at Hawai'i when Tulane posted a pair.
Rookie Devin Powell started at quarterback for the Green Wave on Saturday against Ole Miss, becoming the first true freshman to do so for Tulane since Shaun King against these same Rebels on Oct. 7, 1995, in Oxford, Miss. Powell replaced injured senior Ryan Griffin under center, snapping Griffin's 16-game starting streak. Powell finished the day 22-of-41 for 145 yards and three interceptions.
Junior WR Ryan Grant, who hauled in six passes for 55 yards, has now caught at least one pass in his last 11 games. 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.
Redshirt-freshman WR Marc Edwards posted career highs with three receptions for 21 yards against Ole Miss.
Freshman Darion Monroe, who started the first two games of the 2012 season at cornerback, opened the game against Ole Miss at free safety and tallied a career-high 12 tackles (all solo).
Monroe was one of seven Tulane players to post career-high tackle totals on Saturday against Ole Miss - joining freshman CB Jordan Batiste with five (all solo), freshman CB Lorenzo Doss with four (all solo), freshman DT Calvin Thomas with four (2 solo, 2 assists), junior DE Wendell Beckwith with three (2 solo, 1 assist), freshman DT Corey Redwine with three (2 solo, 1 assist), sophomore DB Brandon LeBeau with two (1 solo, 1 assist)
Senior cornerback Ryan Travis tied a career high with three pass break-ups against Ole Miss. He previously set his personal best with a trio against UTEP on Oct. 15, 2011, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Sophomore running back Rob Kelley's three-yard run as the up back in punt formation marked the first time Tulane successfully faked a punt since Oct. 29, 2011, at East Carolina. In the game against the Pirates, punter Jonathan Ginsburg took the snap and ran seven yards for a first down.
Sophomore DT Kenny Welcome's sack of Ole Miss Bo Wallace and subsequent forced fumble, along with junior DE Wendell Beckwith's fumble recovery were all career firsts for the two Tulane student-athletes.
Senior CB Alex Lauricella's recovery of a Randall Mackey fumble was the first of his career.
Junior LB Zach Davis' recorded the first sack of his career by bringing down Barry Brunetti during Ole Miss' first drive of the fourth quarter.
Junior punter Jonathan Ginsburgh made his season debut on Saturday against Ole Miss, punting twice for 73 yards (36.5 avg.) with a long of 43. Freshman Peter Picerelli handled the Green Wave's other five punts, averaging 43.6 yards with a long of 53 and three downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.
Sophomore Danté Butler earned his first career start on Saturday against Ole Miss, opening the game at running back. Butler joins freshman quarterback Devin Powell on the first-time starter list for the game, and the duo is two of 15 players to earn their first career starts during the 2012 season.
Senior LB Darryl Farley, who did see action against the Rebels, saw his consecutive -game starting streak snapped at 16.