Nov. 2, 2013
FAU 34, Tulane 17
Tulane Game 9
Boca Raton, Fla.
Saturday's game marked the first-ever meeting between Tulane and Florida Atlantic on the gridiron. It was the fourth time during the 2013 season to date the Green Wave played a first-time foe. With the loss, the Green Wave are now 2-2 this year when facing a team for the first time.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and is Tulane's first defeat since falling, 52-17, at Syracuse back on Sept. 21. Tulane is now 6-3 on the year and 4-1 in Conference USA play.
Tulane's 167 yards of total offense (62 rushing, 105 passing) was a season low and the fewest since tallying 151 (minus-nine rushing, 160 passing) against ULM on Sept. 29, 2012. The Wave's 62-yard rushing effort was the second-lowest of the year. Tulane had just 45 against South Alabama back on Sept. 7.
The Green Wave committed a season-high four turnovers - all via interception. The last time Tulane had four interceptions in a single game was in last year's season finale at Houston on Nov. 24, 2012.
FAU's D'Joun Smith was the recipient of three of the Green Wave's interceptions, becoming the first opponent to pull down three interceptions in a game since Clinton Burrell of LSU on Nov. 22, 1975.
Tulane was shutout in the second half, marking the first time the Green Wave failed to score in a half since doing so in both in a 39-0 loss to Ole Miss on Sept. 22, 2012.
The Green Wave were held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season. The last time Tulane failed to score six through the air was against Ole Miss on Sept. 22, 2012 - snapping a streak of 17 games.
Mitch Anderson's 20-yard field goal with 14:50 left in the game marks the first time the Green Wave trailed in the fourth quarter since falling at Syracuse, 52-17, on Sept. 21 in the Carrier Dome.
Sophomore FS Darion Monroe was one of three Green Wave defenders to post double-digit tackle totals on Saturday at FAU, equaling his career high with 13 stops (5 solo, 8 assists). His original career-high came in a 10 solo, 3 assist performance against SMU on Oct. 13, 2012. Senior LB Zach Davis posted a season-best 12 tackles (2 solo, 10 assists) and junior SS Sam Scofield rounded out the double-figure tacklers with 10 (2 solo, 8 assists).
With one interception and a fumble recovery - both by sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss - the Tulane defense posted its eighth multiple-turnover outing of the season. The pick against FAU gives Tulane 16 for the year, which already surpasses the total of 15 a year ago, is now tied for ninth in Tulane single-season history and the most since the 2002 pulled down 22 interceptions.
Doss posted his sixth interception of his career and 11th of his career with a pick-six early in the first quarter at FAU. His six interceptions already ranks tied for sixth in Tulane single-season history, equaling the mark of George Kinek in 1950, and are the most by a Green Wave player since Lynaris Elpheage had eight in 2002. His 11 career interceptions, meanwhile, moves him into a tie for sixth place in the Tulane annals, equaling the mark of David Skehan from 2005-08. He broke a tie for seventh place in Tulane history, moving past Bobby Jones (1947-50), Homer Dedeaux (1947-50) and Lou Thomas (1940-42) who had 10 each.
Doss' 69-yard touchdown return plus his 59-yard pick-six against North Texas back on Oct. 5, makes him the first Tulane player to score twice via interception return in the same season since Sean Lucas did so in 2002. Lucas had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown against Southern on Aug. 31 and took in a lateral following an interception by Tra Boger and ran the final 53 yards for a score against UAB on Oct. 19.
With four receptions for 37 yards, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 29 on Saturday at FAU. 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 15 contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 176 passes for 2,467 yards (14.02 avg.) and 19 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he moved into fifth place in receiving yards (surpassing Adrian Burnette's 2,459 from 1997-2000 and Wil Ursin's 2,466 from 1990-93) while remaining tied for fifth in 100-yared games (10), seventh in receptions (176) and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions (19).
With 45 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, senior RB Orleans Darkwa has now run 597 times for 2,604 yards (4.36 avg.) and 34 touchdowns for his career. In the Tulane career record book, he remains second in rushing touchdowns (34), third in rush attempts (507) and rushing yards (2,604), fourth in total touchdowns (34) and fifth in 100-yard games (8).
Senior PK Cairo Santos scored five points for the evening after connecting on 22-yard field goal and converting both of his PAT tries. For his career, Santos has now scored 292 points after connecting on 58-of-72 field goals (.806) and 118-of-121 PATs (.975). In the Tulane career record book, he moved into second place in total points scored and point scored kicking (surpassing Brad Palazzo's 290 from 1995-98) and remains first in field goal percentage (.806), second in field goals made (58), third in field goal attempts (72), PATs made (118) and PAT attempts (121), and fourth in PAT percentage (.975).
Redshirt-freshman Chris Taylor started for the first time in his career on Saturday at FAU, opening the game at right guard. He becomes the 11th Tulane player and fifth freshman to earn his first career start this season. Redshirt-freshman WR Devon Breaux, redshirt-freshman LG Nathan Shienle, sophomore LT Arturo Uzdavinis, senior DT Chris Davenport, junior DE Andre Robinson and freshman LB Nico Marley all earned their first starts in the season opener against Jackson State on Aug. 29, senior DE Jeremy Peeples did so at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12, the duo of redshirt-freshman WR Kedrick Banks and junior DE Tyler Gilbert followed suit at Syracuse on Sept. 21, and freshman DB Jarrod Franklin started at nickelback against North Texas on Oct. 5.
Taylor is now one of six freshmen to start a game so far in 2013 as redshirt-freshman QB Devin Powell started the last two games. Powell did start last year's home game against Ole Miss on Sept., 22, 2012, before missing the remainder of the year with an injury.
Redshirt-freshman Colton Hanson made his collegiate debut on Saturday at FAU, entering the game with just over five minutes to go in the first half and playing left guard. He is now the 18th freshman - 12 true, six redshirt - to play for the Green Wave so far in 2013.
Two Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday against Tulsa: Sophomore FS Darion Monroe (21) extended his double-digit starting streak on Saturday at FAU while sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss reached double-digit starts with his 10th in a row. Senior RG Rio Mares, who played against the Owls but did not start, saw his starting streak snapped at 18games.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest at FAU were senior TB Orleans Darkwa, senior DT Chris Davenport, senior WR Ryan Grant, senior PK Cairo Santos, senior DT Julius Warmsley and junior SS Sam Scofield.