Nov. 27, 2010
Marshall 38, Tulane 23
Tulane Game 12
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Saturday's game marked the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and Marshall but just the second at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. With the loss, Tulane dropped to 0-4 all-time against Marshall, including 0-2 in Huntington.
Tulane completes its fourth season under head coach Bob Toledo with an overall mark of 4-8 and a Conference USA mark of 2-6. TU's four wins this season tie for the most under Toledo (2007) and the Wave has produced a 4-8 record in three of the last five seasons (2006, 2007, 2010).
Quarterback Ryan Griffin attempted a school-record 64 passes and completed 36, the second-most in a single game in school history. His 370-yard passing game was the second highest of his career and the 16th best day in TU history.
Freshman running back Orleans Darkwa scored his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the season and set the freshman rushing touchdown record. The previous mark of 10 was set by Jamaican Dartez in 1995. Darkwa's 10 touchdowns also move him into a second-place tie for single-season rushing touchdowns with Eddie Price (1949).
Darkwa completed his rookie season with 925 yards on 184 carries (5.1 ypc) and 11 touchdowns.
Darkwa has his 100-yard rushing streak snapped at five games, which is a TU freshman record. He finished the day with 65 yards on 23 carries and a pair of scores.
With his 2-yard run in the third quarter, Darkwa re-established the school's freshman rushing record. He overtook Mewelde Moore's rookie total of 890 from the 2000 season.
Senior tight end Cody Sparks reception completed the season with 6 catches for a career-high 99 yards and closed out the season with 43 receptions, the third-most in school history by a tight end, and 427 receiving yards, the fourth most by a tight end.
Sophomore linebacker Trent Mackey posted his eighth double figure tackle game of the season with a team-best 13 stops. For the year, he posted 124 tackles, the most since Anthony Cannon had 114 in 2005.
Sophomore Kendrell Washington earned the first start of young career today at right cornerback. He is the 17th player to earn the first start of their respective careers this season.
After Marshall allowing 11 first downs in the opening half, Tulane's defense did not surrender a first down in the second half.
Tulane's 17-member senior class donned their Green Wave uniforms for the final time on Saturday at Marshall. The class of 2010 includes: Justin Adams, Tony Bryant, Chandler Davis, Phillip Davis, Charles Gaspard, Tyler Helm, Pete Hendrickson, J.T. McDonald, Alan Mitchell, Kevin Moore, Andrew Nierman, Oscar Ponce de Leon, Casey Robottom, Cody Sparks, Jordan Stephany, Alex Wacha and Roger Williams.
Several Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks - senior OT Pete Hendrickson with 36 straight, senior CB Phillip Davis with 23, senior C Andrew Nierman and sophomore WLB Darryl Farley with 15. In addition, senior DT Justin Adams, sophomore DE Austen Jacks, sophomore MLB Trent Mackey, sophomore FS Shakiel Smith, sophomore DB Ryan Travis, senior SS Alex Wacha all started their 12th straight game on Saturday against the Thundering Herd.
Nierman started Saturday's game against Marshall at center, marking the 47th time in as many games that he has played in that he also started. The lone game during his time at Tulane that Nierman did not start was last season at LSU (10/31/10) when he was sidelined due to injury.