Notes Following Football's 49-47 C-USA Loss To Rice



Nov. 3, 2012

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Rice 49, Tulane 47
Tulane Game 9
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, La.

• Saturday's game marked the 35th meeting between Tulane and Rice. With the loss, the Green Wave fall to 15-19-1 in the all-time series, including a 3-5 mark since the Owls joined Conference USA for the 2005 season. It is also the second straight loss for Tulane against Rice as the Owls defeated the Green Wave 19-7 on Nov. 19, 2011, in Houston.

• With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-7 on the year and 2-3 in Conference USA play.

• Combined with the 55 points scored by the Green Wave last week against UAB, Tulane scored 40-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2004 season when Tulane had 42 against Navy (42-10 win on Nov. 6, 2004) and 45 vs Army (45-31 win on Nov. 13, 2004).

• Tulane's 47 points tied a school record for points in a loss, equaling the mark of set during a 63-47 defeat to Virginia on Nov. 16, 1968, in Charlottesville, Va.

• Senior quarterback Ryan Griffin set a Tulane single-game passing record for the second consecutive week with 476 in the loss to the Owls. He broke his previous single-game record of 466 established last week against UAB. It was his fourth-straight game with 300-plus yards and his second in a row with 400-plus. The last time a Tulane player had 300-plus yards in four straight games was J.P. Losman to open the 2003 season. The last Green Wave quarterback to post 400-plus yards in consecutive ballgames was Patrick Ramsey in 1999. Ramsey threw for 404 yards vs SMU (Sept. 11, 1999) and a then-record 447 vs Army (Sept. 18, 1999).

• Griffin threw a season-high 49 passes with 28 completions and finished the day with four touchdown passes and a pair of interceptions. With minus-11 yards rushing, he finished the day with 465 yards of total offense - a number which ranks tied for third in Tulane single-game history.

• For his career, Griffin has now completed 739-of-1,230 passes (.601) for 8,176 yards, 51 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He moved into sole possession of third place in Tulane career history with nine 300-yard passing games (breaking a tie with Lester Ricard {2004-06} and Shaun King {1995-98} with eight each) while remaining first in Tulane career history in completion percentage, second in pass attempts and completions, third in passing yardage and fifth in touchdown passes.

• Junior wide receiver Ryan Grant had a game-high 176 yards on five catches on Saturday against Rice. It is the third consecutive 100-yard receiving day, his fifth of the season and the seventh of his career. The last time a Tulane player had three straight games with 100-plus receiving yards was Adrian Burnette in 1999. Burnette had 107 yards vs Southern Miss on Sept. 6, 136 vs Rice on Sept. 11 and 121 vs Army on Sept. 18 of that year.

• Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 17 on Saturday against the Owls. 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 85 passes for 1,415 yards (16.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He currently ranks tied for fourth in Tulane career history in yards per catch (16.65), seventh in 100-yard games - sharing the spot with Wil Ursin (7 from 1990-93) - and remains tied for 13th in touchdown receptions.

• Junior wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser posted the first multiple-score outing of his career, hauling in touchdown receptions of 35 and 33 yards. Of his seven catches during the 2012 season, three have been scoring grabs.

• Junior place kicker Cairo Santos remained perfect on the year with a pair of field goals - including a school-record long 57-yarder on the final play of the first half. Santos surpassed the previous record of 54 held by himself with a kick vs ULM on Sept. 29, 2012, Ed Murray vs Memphis on Oct. 28, 1978, and Mark Olivari vs Air Force on Nov. 8, 1975.

• For the season, Santos is a perfect 14-of-14 with a 9-of-9 clip from 40-plus yards and a 2-of-2 effort from beyond 50. For his career, he has now scored 199 points after connecting on 38-of-48 field goals (.792) and 85-of-88 PATs (966).

• Santos moved into fifth place in Tulane career history in PATs made (surpassing Ed Murray's mark of 84 from 1976-79) and PAT attempts (surpassing Murray's 86), sixth in points scored kicking (surpassing Todd Wiggins mark of 190 from 1987-89) and 10th in total points (moving ahead of Wiggins and JaJuan Dawson {1996-99} with 190 each) while remaining first in field goal percentage, sixth in field goals made and PAT percentage, seventh in field goals attempted

• The Tulane defense forced a pair of turnovers with one fumble recovery and one interception against Rice. The Green Wave have now forced at least one turnover in each game during the 2012 season and in each of the last 10 games dating back to the 2011 season finale at Hawai'i.

• Senior cornerback Ryan Travis returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown on Rice's first drive of the second half. It was the first pick-six by a Tulane player since Travis returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown at Duke on Sept. 24, 2011. The interception was Travis' second of the year and sixth of his career.

• Tulane committed a season-high five turnovers with three fumbles and a pair of interceptions. The last time the Green Wave had five turnovers came at UCF on Nov. 21, 2009, when Tulane fumbled three times and threw a pair of picks.

• Freshman punter Peter Picerelli had a season-best 47.2 yards per punt, nailing four for 189 yards. His previous high average was 44.0 after punting twice of 88 yards at UTEP on Oct. 20.

• Freshman free safety Darion Monroe posted his fourth double-digit tackle performance on Saturday against Rice, tallying 10 stops (7 solo, 3 assists)

• Senior defensive end Austen Jacks posted a season-high eight tackles (3 solo, 5 assists), including a sack. It was his most tackles since posting 11 (7 solo, 4 assists) vs Southern Miss on Nov. 6, 2010.

• Four Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday vs Rice -senior DE Austen Jacks (34), senior CB Ryan Travis (34) and senior OT Eric Jones (24).

• Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest against Rice were senior QB Ryan Griffin representing the offense, freshman DB Darion Monroe representing the defense and senior CB Alex Lauricella representing the special teams.