Oct. 29, 2011
NOTES FOLLOWING TULANE FOOTBALL'S LOSS AT EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina 34, Tulane 13
Tulane Game 9
Saturday's game marked the 11th meeting between Tulane and East Carolina on the gridiron. With the loss, the Green Wave now trail all-time series 9-2 and fall to 0-6 in Greenville.
Today's paid attendance of 49,410 is the largest crowd Tulane has played in front of this season and the largest since playing in front of 92,031 on Halloween night in Baton Rouge against LSU.
Tulane successfully faked a punt on the first possession of the game (Jonathan Ginsburgh rushed for seven yards), marking the first success fake punt since the Rice game on Oct. 25, 2008 (Logan Kelly rush for three yards).
Trent Mackey recovered a fumbled and returned it 20 yards in the first quarter that set up Tulane's first score of the game. The fumble recovery was Mackey's first of the season and second of his career. He also recovered a loose ball at Rutgers last season. Derrick Strozier forced the ECU fumble, the first of the season and career for the sophomore.
Orleans Darkwa crossed the goal line with 13:34 left in the second quarter for his ninth rushing score this season and the 20th of his career. He now trails Mewelde Moore by one TD for eighth-place on Tulane career list.
For the season, Orleans Darkwa has now run for nine touchdowns and is tied for seventh place in Tulane single-season history, joining Marvin Lewis (1981).
WR Brent Comardelle pulled down his first reception of the season, a 40-yard catch from Ryan Griffin in the second quarter. His 40 yards receiving is also his career-high in a game. His previous high was 38 yards on four receptions against Rice last season.
Junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey once again led the team in tackles with 15 (4 solo, 11 assists). Mackey now has 15 career double-digit tackle performances, including eighth already this season.
Ryan Travis had 12 tackles this afternoon, his third double figure game of his career and the second this season. His 12 tackles in a career-high.
Junior LB Darryl Farley picked off a Dominique Davis pass in the fourth quarter for his first career interception.
Punter Jonathan Ginsburgh boomed a 54-yard punt in the first quarter, marking his second longest kick of the season and the 11th 50-plus yard punt of his career.
For his career, Orleans Darkwa has now run for 1,531 yards and 20 touchdowns on 318 carries. His rushing touchdown total now stands alone in ninth-place in Tulane career history - one behind Mewelde Moore's eighth-place mark of 21 from 2000-03 - and his rushing total is 14th all-time - 66 yards behind Jovon Jackson's 13th-place mark of 1,597 from 2002-05.
With 142 all-purpose yards on Saturday against ECU, Robert Kelley has now surpassed the 100 all-purpose yards for the seventh time in his nine career games. He now has 1,209 all-purpose yards for the season, and needs 151 to crack the Tulane single-season Top 10.
Four Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday vs. East Carolina: senior offensive guard Emmanuel Aluko (13), junior defensive end Austen Jacks (21), junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey (21) and junior cornerback Ryan Travis (21).
Tulane captains for Saturday's ballgame were permanent team captains junior QB Ryan Griffin and senior DT Cedric Wilson, along with game captains senior OG Harris Howard and sophomore S/PR Derrick Strozier.