Sept. 28, 2013
Tulane 31, ULM 14
Tulane Game 5
Saturday's game marked the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and ULM on the gridiron and the second played at Malone Stadium. With the win, Tulane improves to 3-1 in the all-time series and 2-0 when playing in Monroe, La.
The win improves Tulane to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in road games. It marks the first time the Green Wave had a record above .500 after five games since 2003 when Tulane started with an identical mark before finishing 5-7.
The Tulane offense grounded out a season-best 253 yards rushing against the Warhawks, marking the first time the Green Wave had 200-plus yards rushing since tallying 262 at UAB on Sept. 17, 2011. Conversely, the Tulane defense held ULM to 26 yards on the ground, marking the first time the Wave held an opponent to less than 50 yards rushing since limiting UAB to 48 in the same game previously mentioned.
The Green Wave defense posted a season-high five sacks on Saturday at ULM, surpassing the mark of three at Louisiana Tech back on Sept. 12. Tulane's sack total on the day was the most since the Wave had seven sacks against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3, 2011. Among the day's total were the first career sacks by both sophomore CB Jordan Batiste and sophomore FS Darion Monroe.
After not forcing a turnover for the first time in 16 games last weekend at Syracuse, the Tulane defense was back at it against the Warhawks with three fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.
Senior LB Dominique Robertson's 33-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 11:30 to play in the third quarter marked the first fumble return for a score by the Green Wave since Darion Monroe did so with a 54-yard touchdown at Memphis on Nov. 10, 2012. It was Robertson's second career fumble return for touchdown, adding to an 18-yard score at SMU on Nov. 5, 2011.
ULM's Rashon Ceaser's 88-yard punt return for a touchdown with 8:28 to play in the third quarter marked the first punt return for a score allowed by Tulane since Patrick Edwards of Houston had a 70-yard touchdown return on Nov. 10, 2011.
With 118 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, senior RB Orleans Darkwa tallied the first 100-plus yard rushing effort since Nov. 10, 2011, when Darkwa had 123 against Houston. It was the eighth 100-yard game of his career. In addition, his 54-yard run in the first half was the first gallop of 50-plus yards since he had a 64-yard burst in the same game against Houston.
For his career, Darkwa has run 545 times for 2,393 yards (4.39 avg.) and 33 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moves into fifth place in rushing yards (leaping the mark of 2,284 by Jamaican Dartez from 1995-98 and 2,369 by Don Zimmerman from 1930-32) and into sole possession of fifth place in 100-yard games (breaking a tie of seven with Dartez and Toney Converse from 1997-98). In addition, Darkwa remains second in career rushing touchdowns and fourth in rushing attempts.
With two receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 25 on Saturday at ULM. 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 10 contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 152 passes for 2,191 yards (14.4 avg.) and 16 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moved into a tie for ninth in touchdown catches (equaling the mark of Chris Bush from 2001-04) while remaining tied for fifth in 100-yard games (10), eighth in receiving yards and 10th in both receptions and yards per catch.
Senior PK Cairo Santos nailed a 56-yard field goal to open the scoring in Saturday's game at ULM. It was his second kick of 50-plus this season and the fourth of his career. Santos is 4-of-5 from 50-plus for his career, with his lone miss being a 50-yard effort at Houston on Sept. 25, 2010. Since that attempt, he has hit his last four, including a school-record 57-yarder against Rice on Nov. 3, 2012.
For his career, Santos has now scored 261 points after connecting on 51-of-63 field goals (.809) and 108-of-111 PATs (.973). In the Tulane career record book, he moved into third place in PAT attempts (leaping Ross Thevenot's 109 from 2006-09) and into a tie for fifth in field goal attempts (equaling the marks of Todd Wiggins from 1987-89 and Tony Wood from 1981-84) while remaining first in field goal percentage, second in field goals made, third in PATs made and points scored kicking, and fifth in total points scored and PAT percentage.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest at ULM were senior WR Justyn Shackleford representing the offense, senior CB Jordan Sullen representing the defense, and senior PK Cairo Santos representing the special teams.