Oct. 6, 2012
Louisiana-Lafayette 41, Tulane 13
Tulane Game 5
Saturday's game marked the 26th meeting between Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette. Despite the loss, the Green Wave still hold a 21-5 lead in the all-time series. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Tulane against the Ragin' Cajuns. The last time UL-Lafayette defeated Tulane was back on Oct, 28, 1995, when then-USL earned a 32-28 victory in the Superdome.
With the loss, Tulane fell to 0-5 on the season. It marks the first time the Green Wave dropped five straight games to open a season since 1991 when the Greg Davis coached squad opened the year with nine straight losses en route to a 1-10 finish.
Junior PK Cairo Santos was true on both of his field goals on Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette, splitting the uprights from 40 yards in the second quarter and from 47 yards in the fourth. For the season, Santos is a perfect 6-of-6, including a 5-of-5 showing from 40-plus yards.
Making a start for the second-consecutive week, senior quarterback D.J. Ponder posted a career-high 175 yards on 13-of-38 passing. His previous career-best performance was last week when he had 160 vs. ULM.
Sophomore RB Rob Kelley had a season-best 55 yards on 10 carries (5.5 avg.). It was the second-highest yardage total of his career after running for 92 on 16 carries in last season's finale at Hawai'i (Nov. 26, 2011).
Sophomore WR Justyn Shackleford's 71-yard touchdown catch of a D.J. Ponder pass was the longest play of both players' careers. It was the longest pass play of the season for Green Wave and the longest since Ryan Griffin connected with Ryan Grant for a 73-yard score against Rice on Nov. 13, 2010, in the Superdome.
Junior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 13 after hauling in one pass for seven yards. 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.
Junior DT Julius Warmsley's fourth-quarter block of a Brett Baer field goal attempt was the first of his career and the first for the Green Wave since Julian Shives-Sams had one against Southern Miss on Nov. 11, 2006, in the Superdome.
Sophomore DB Sam Scofield recorded the first interception of his career, picking off a Terrance Broadway offering in the second quarter. Tulane has forced at least one turnover in all five games so far during the 2012 season.
Senior DE Austen Jacks posted the second multiple-sack outing of his career, tying a career high with 1.5. His previous 1.5-sack performance came against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2011, in the Superdome. His sacks on Saturday in Lafayette were his first of the 2012 season.
Freshman CB Lorenzo Doss posted a career-high six tackles (all solo) on Saturday at UL-Lafayette. His previous high-water mark was four against Ole Miss back on Sept. 22. In addition, junior LB Dominique Robertson posted a season-best five tackles (4 solo, 1 assist). It was his most tackles since tallying five at Rice on Nov. 19, 2011.
True freshman tight end started for the first time on Saturday at UL-Lafayette, becoming the 18th Green Wave student-athlete to earn his first collegiate start during the 2012 season. Included in that list are eight freshmen (7 true, 2 redshirts). In the season opener against Rutgers on Sept. 1, Tulane's first-time starters were sophomore Sean Donnelly started at left tackle, junior Mike Henry at center, sophomore Rob Kelley at tailback, junior Rio Mares at right guard, true freshman Darion Monroe at cornerback, redshirt-freshman Corey Redwine at nose tackle, sophomore Justyn Shackleford at wide receiver, sophomore Adam Skidmore at left guard, sophomore Evan Tatford at tight end and sophomore Kenny Welcome at defensive tackle. At Tulsa on Sept. 8, redshirt-freshman Aaron Bryant and true freshman Alex Paul joined the list with starts at defensive end and right guard, respectively. In last week's game vs. Ole Miss, sophomore Danté Butler opened at running back while true freshmen Devin Powell, Jordan Batiste and Lorenzo Doss started at quarterback, cornerback and nickelback, respectively. Senior D.J. Ponder earned his first start last week against ULM.