Nov. 17, 2012
East Carolina 28, Tulane 23
Tulane Game 11
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the 12th meeting between Tulane and East Carolina. With the loss, the Green Wave fall to 2-10 in the all-time series, including a 2-4 mark against the Pirates in Louisiana. It is also the fifth-straight loss to East Carolina in head-to-head action dating back to a 27-25 Pirates victory on Oct. 9, 2004, in Greenville, N.C.
With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-9 on the year and 2-5 in Conference USA play.
Senior QB Ryan Griffin tied a career-high with 36 completions on a season-high 57 pass attempts while tossing a pair of touchdowns and accumulating 293 yards through the air against the Pirates. His pass attempts are the third-most in Tulane single-game history and his 36 completions are one off the Green Wave high-water mark. Griffin had 36-completion performances at Tulsa on Oct. 16, 2010, and at Marshall on Nov. 27, 2010. He also holds the Tulane record with 64 pass attempts in the game at Marshall.
For the season, Griffin has now completed 209-of-328 passes for 2,425 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 303.1 passing yards per game so far this year ranks second in Tulane history.
For his career, Griffin has now completed 800-of-1330 passes (.602) for 8,680 yards, 54 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He is now Tulane's career leader in completions, passing Patrick Ramsey's former mark of 798 from 1998-2001). Griffin also moved into second place in Tulane history in passing yards (passing Shaun King with 8,419 from 1995-98) and remains first in Tulane history in completion percentage, second in pass attempts and fifth in touchdown passes.
With 10 catches for 94 yards, junior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 19 on Saturday against the Pirates. 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 the season, Grant has hauled in 63 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. He becomes seventh player in Tulane history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving plateau in a season and currently ranks ninth in the Green Wave record book (moving ahead of Wil Ursin's 969 in 1991 and Marc Zeno's 1,033 in1986).
For his career, Grant has now caught 106 passes for 1,622 yards (15.3 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. His yardage total against East Carolina propelled him to 13th in the Tulane record book in receiving yards, moving ahead of Derrick Franklin (1,534 from 1993-96), Chris Bush (1,543 from 2001-04) and Alton Alexis (1,549 in 1976-79). He remains tied for sixth in 100-yard games (8), seventh in yards per catch and 13th in touchdown receptions.
Junior PK Cairo Santos remained perfect on the year with field goals of 23, 43 and 26 yards. It was his second three-field goal contest in as many games after booting three last week at Memphis.
For the season, Santos is a perfect 20-of-20 with a 12-of-12 clip from 40-plus yards and a 2-of-2 effort from beyond 50. His 20 field goals are tied for the second-most in Tulane single-season history - equaling the mark of Seth Marker in 2002 and three behind the record of 23 set by Brad Palazzo in 1997. His 84 points is tied for the fifth-most kicking and 10th-most overall totals in Tulane single-season history.
For his career, Santos has now scored 221 points after connecting on 44-of-54 field goals (.815) and 89-of-92 PATs (.978). He climbed to fourth in the Tulane career record book in points scored kicking (moving ahead of Ed Murray's 219 from 1976-79), field goals made (moving ahead of Tony Woods' 42 from 1981-84) and PATs made (moving ahead of Woods' 88), and into sixth in total points scored (moving ahead of Roydell Williams' 212 from 2000-04, Murray and Mewelde Moore's 220 from 2000-03). His PAT percentage ranks third in Tulane career history and Santos remains the all-time leader in field goal percentage, fifth in PAT attempts, seventh in field goal attempts
The Tulane defense forced a pair of turnovers with two interceptions against East Carolina. The Green Wave have now forced at least one turnover in each game during the 2012 season and in each of the last 12 games dating back to the 2011 season finale at Hawai'i. Senior safety Shakiel Smith recorded Tulane's first interception of the day - his first of the year and fifth of his career - while freshman corner Jordan Batiste had the other - the first of his career.
Junior MLB Zach Davis tallied a career-high 14 tackles (8 solo, 6 assists) against East Carolina. His previous career-best was 12 vs. ULM on Sept. 29, 2012.
Freshman RB Josh Rounds tallied career highs with nine catches for 43 yards. His previous best were 3 grabs for 37 yards vs. Rice on Nov. 3.
Eight Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday against East Carolina: senior DE Austen Jacks (36), senior CB Ryan Travis (36), senior OT Eric Jones (26), junior WR Ryan Grant (11), junior C Mike Henry (11), sophomore OG Adam Skidmore (11), sophomore OT Sean Donnelly (11) and freshman CB Darion Monroe (11).
True freshman Royce LaFrance earned his first career start on Saturday against the Pirates, opening the game at defensive end. He is the 21st Green Wave student-athlete to earn his first collegiate start during the 2012 season and the 11th freshman (8 true, 3 redshirts) to do so to date.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest against East Carolina were senior QB Ryan Griffin representing the offense, senior DE Austen Jacks and senior CB Ryan Travis representing the defense, and senior DS Billy Johnson representing the special teams.