Oct. 27, 2012
Tulane 55, UAB 45
Tulane Game 8
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the ninth meeting between Tulane and UAB. With the win, the Green Wave now hold a 5-4 lead in the all-time series. It is the second consecutive time Tulane defeated the Blazers after earning a 49-10 decision on Sept. 17, 2011, at Legion Field in Birmingham.
With the win, Tulane improves to 2-6 on the year and evens its Conference USA record at 2-2. The last time the Green Wave were .500 in league play four games into the conference season was 2002 when Tulane defeated Houston 34-13 on Sept. 7, lost at East Carolina 24-20 on Sept. 14, lost at Memphis 38-10 on Sept. 21 and defeated Cincinnati 35-17 on Oct. 12. That year, Tulane finished 8-5 overall, 4-4 in C-USA play and defeated Hawai'i 36-28 in the ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl.
The Green Wave offense posted season-high marks across the board with 26 first downs, 153 rushing yards, 466 passing yards, 619 total yards and 55 points.
Tulane's 55 points against UAB marks the first time the Green Wave surpassed the 50-point plateau since a 54-49 win over Rice on Nov. 13, 2010, in the Superdome, and are the most by the Wave since defeating the Blazers 59-55 on Oct. 23, 2004, in Tad Gormley Stadium.
Tulane's 26 first downs were the most by Tulane since equaling the mark against Memphis on Oct. 22, 2011, in the Superdome.
The Wave's 619 yards of total offense marks the first time a Tulane team surpassed the 600-yard barrier since posting 633 against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 26, 1998.
Tulane's 153 rushing yards were the most since the 2011 season finale when the Green Wave tallied 185 at Hawai'i on Nov. 26, 2011.
The Tulane defense forced four turnovers with three interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Green Wave have now forced at least one turnover in each game during the 2012 season and in each of the last nine games dating back to the 2011 season finale at Hawai'i. The last time Tulane had four turnovers in a game was against Rice on Nov. 13, 2010 (three interceptions, one fumble recovery).
Senior quarterback Ryan Griffin set a Tulane single-game record with 466 yards passing. He surpassed the former mark of 447 by Patrick Ramsey against Army on Sept. 18, 1999. It was Griffin's third-straight game with 300-plus passing yards, becoming the first Tulane quarterback to accomplish the feat since J.P. Losman surpassed the 300-yard mark in the first four games of the 2003 season.
Griffin tallied a career-high five touchdown passes against the Blazers, surpassing his previous best of three on seven occasions. He fell one scoring strike shy of the Tulane single-game record of six set by Lester Ricard against UAB on Oct. 23, 2004.
Griffin tied a season-high with 34 completions (on 42 attempts), which is two shy of his career high of 36 at Tulsa on Oct. 16, 2010, and at Marshall on Nov. 27, 2010.
For his career, Ryan Griffin has now completed 711-of-1,181 passes (.602) for 7,700 yards and 47 touchdowns. He moved into first place in Tulane career completion percentage - ahead of Mike McKay (.599 from 1981-82) - second in pass attempts - moving ahead of Shaun King (1,163 from 1995-98) - tied for second in 300-plus yard passing games - equaling King and Lester Ricard (2004-06) -third in passing yards - moving ahead of Terrence Jones (7,684 from 1985-88) - and fifth in touchdown passes - surpassing Jones (46) - while remaining second in completions
Junior running back Orleans Darkwa's one-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter was the first rushing score of the year for Tulane. The last time the Green Wave scored a touchdown on the ground was at Hawai'i on Nov. 26, 2011, when Darkwa and Albert Williams each scored rushing touchdowns in last season's regular-season finale.
Darkwa finished the day with a season high 74 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. All three marks were season-highs for Green Wave running backs.
For his career, Darkwa has now run 448 times for 2,019 yards and 26 touchdowns, becoming the ninth player in Green Wave history to run for at least 2,000 yards in his career. He currently ranks fourth in Tulane history in touchdown runs - surpassing Jamaican Dartez (25 from 1995-98) - ninth in rushing yards - surpassing Toney Converse (2,014 from 1997-99), André Anderson (2009 from 2006-09) and Jerald Sowell (1,962 from 1993-96) - and 10th in rushing attempts - surpassing Anderson (444).
For the second consecutive week, Tulane had a pair of receivers eclipse the 100-yard mark as junior Ryan Grant had six catches for 184 yard and sophomore Xavier Rush had eight grabs for 126 yards. Both players had a pair of touchdown grabs.
Rush' reception total was a career high, surpassing his former high-water mark of six vs. Memphis on Oct. 22, 2011, and at UTEP last weekend, while tallying his second career 100-yard game. Grant, meanwhile, posted a career-high in receiving yardage while equaling his career-best in catches.
Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 16 on Saturday against the Blazers. 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.
For his career, Grant has now caught 80 passes for 1,239 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 100-plus receiving effort was the fourth of the season and the sixth of his career. Grant now ranks tied for eighth in Tulane history in 100-yard receiving games and moved into a tie for 13th in touchdown receptions - sharing the distinction with Tristan Smith (2001-03), Jeff Liggon (1993-96) and Robert Griffin (1980-83).
Sophomore running back Rob Kelley tallied career-high numbers with nine receptions for 66 yards. He finished the day with 125 all-purpose yards while adding 59 yards on eight rushing attempts.
Freshman CB Lorenzo Doss pulled down a pair of interceptions on Saturday against UAB, becoming the first Tulane player to tally a multiple-pick game since Shakiel Smith had a pair against Rice on Nov. 13, 2010.
Doss interception total was two of three on the day for Tulane as sophomore DB Sam Scofield added one of his own. The last time Tulane had three interceptions in a game was last year at UAB (Sept. 17, 2011).
Junior PK Cairo Santos remained perfect on the season kicking field goals with boots of 21 and 32 yards against UAB. For the season, he is now 12-for-12, including a 7-for-7 showing from 40-plus yards.
Griffin's first-quarter touchdown pass to Rush came on the heels of an Aaron Bryant fumble recovery. It marked the first time during the 2012 season that Tulane scored a touchdown following an opponent turnover. The Green Wave have now forced 14 turnovers had have turned those into two touchdowns and four field goals.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest against UAB were sophomore WR Xavier Rush representing the offense, freshman DB Darion Monroe representing the defense and junior PK Cairo Santos representing the special teams.