Oct. 26, 2013
Tulane 14, Tulsa 7
Tulane Game 8
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the 10th meeting between Tulane and Tulsa on the gridiron and the Green Wave's first win since a 25-15 decision in the initial match-up on Nov. 9, 1968, at old Tulane Stadium. The win snaps an eight-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane. Despite the victory, Tulane still trails in the all-time series, 2-8.
With the win, Tulane improves to 6-2 on the year and 4-0 in Conference USA contests. It marks the first time the Green Wave have six wins through eight games and started 4-0 in league play since 1998 when Tulane finished 12-0 and won the C-USA title with a 6-0 conference record.
With six wins, Tulane is now bowl eligible for the first time since 2002 when the Green Wave capped an 8-5 campaign with a 36-28 win over Hawai'i in the inaugural ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl.
At 4-0 in Conference USA, Tulane has assured itself of its first non-losing league record since going 4-4 in 2002.
Combined with the Wave's 31-14 victory at ULM on Sept. 28, a 24-21 homecoming victory over North Texas on Oct. 5 and a 36-33 triple-overtime win over East Carolina on Oct. 12, Tulane has now won four consecutive games for the first time since 2002 when the Green Wave defeated ULM 52-9 on Oct. 5 in Monroe, La., before posting consecutive home wins over Cincinnati (35-17 on Oct. 12), UAB (35-14 on Oct. 19) and Navy (51-30 on Oct. 26). The win over the Bearcats and Blazers came in the then-Louisiana Superdome while the decision over the Midshipmen came at Tad Gormley Stadium.
With a 4-0 mark in Conference USA play, the Green Wave have now won four consecutive conference games for the first time since the storied 12-0 season of 1998 when Tulane won all six of its league games that year. The six C-USA wins that year actually capped an 8-0 run in conference play as the Green Wave posted wins over Memphis and Houston in the final two league games of the 1997 season.
The Green Wave defense held the Golden Hurricane to 139 passing yards, which is the fewest allowed by a Tulane team this season and the fewest overall since allowing 119 at Rice on Nov. 19, 2011.
The seven points allowed were the fewest by Tulane in a conference game since posting a 21-7 win over Southern Miss on Oct. 3, 1998. Combined with the Green Wave's 34-7 win over Jackson State in the season opener back on Aug. 31, the 2013 season is the first time Tulane held opponents to seven points or fewer twice in the same season since 1997 (41-0 vs Army on Oct. 4, 56-0 at Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 1).
After posting a season-high 15 tackles for loss in the triple-overtime win over East Carolina on Oct. 12, Tulane added 11 more tackles behind the line of scrimmage on Saturday against Tulsa. It marks the first time a Green Wave team had 10-plus tackles for loss in consecutive games since 2007 when Tulane did so in three straight games: 10 against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 22, 11 against LSU on Sept. 29 and 13 at Army on Oct. 6.
With three interceptions and a fumble recovery, the Tulane defense posted its seventh multiple-turnover outing of the season. The three picks against Tulsa gives Tulane 15 for the year, which already equals the total of a year ago and is now tied for ninth in Tulane single-season history.
The Green Wave's interceptions came on single-pick performances by senior CB Jordan Sullen, sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss and sophomore FS Darion Monroe. It was Monroe's first career interception and Sullen's second of both the season and of his career. Doss, meanwhile, pulled down his fifth interception of the season and the 10th of his career. His five picks are now tied for seventh in Tulane single-season history - which has been done 16 previous times, last by himself in 2012. His 10 career, interceptions, meanwhile, is tied for seventh in career history - breaking a tie with Tra Boger (2001-05), David Lee (1972-74), Joe Bullard (1969-71) and Jimmy Glisson (1948-49) while equaling the career marks of Bobby Jones (1947-50), Homer Dedeaux (1947-50) and Lou Thomas (1940-42).
Junior SS Sam Scofield posted a career-high 18 tackles (14 solo, 4 assists) to go with 1.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble. His previous high-water mark in stops was 15 vs South Alabama back on Sept. 7.
Scofield was one of three players to post career-high tackle totals as senior CB Jordan Sullen had 10 stops (8 solo, 2 assists) while senior DT Julius Warmsley finished with eight (7 solo, 1 assist).
Warmsley added a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss, the most by a Tulane player since Antonio Harris had 4.0 against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 22, 2007.
With seven receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 28 on Saturday against Tulsa. 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 14 contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 172 passes for 2,430 yards (14.13 avg.) and 19 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moved into seventh place in receptions (leaping Terrell Harris' 166 from 198-2001 and Adrian Burnette's 170 from 1997-2000) and into a tie for seventh place in touchdown receptions (equaling the mark of Jeremy Williams from 2006-09) while remaining tied for fifth in 100-yard games (10) and seventh in receiving yards.
For the season, Grant has now pulled down seven touchdown passes. That is the most by a Tulane player since Jeremy Williams had that many in 2009.
With 66 rushing yards on 13 carries, senior RB Orleans Darkwa has now run 586 times for 2,559 yards (4.37 avg.) and 33 touchdowns for his career. In the Tulane career record book, he moves into third place in rushing attempts (leaping Terrence Jones' 578 from 1985-88) and fourth in rushing yards (leaping Bill Banker's 2,516 yards from 1927-29) while remaining second in rushing touchdowns and fifth in 100-yard games (8).
Sophomore punter Peter Picerelli posted season highs with nine boots for 337 yards (42.1 avg.).