Dec. 22, 2013
NOTES FOLLOWING TULANE FOOTBALL'S LOSS IN THE R&L NEW ORLEANS BOWL
ULL 24, Tulane 21
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game marked the 27th meeting between Tulane and UL Lafayette. Tulane now owns a 19-6 record against the Ragin' Cajuns, including 19-5 in games played in New Orleans.
Tulane loss in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl dropped Tulane's all-time bowl record to 4-7and was the first loss in a bowl for the Green Wave since a 24-12 loss to Washington in the 1987 Independence Bowl.
With Tulane's participation in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Green Wave have played 13 games in a season three times. Tulane also played 13 games in 2002 and 2011. The 2002 season was also a bowl season as the Green Wave participated and won the Hawai'i Bowl.
Tonight's attendance of 54,728 is the ninth largest crowd to witness a Tulane game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and largest since 58,769 watch the Green Wave take on LSU on Sept. 29, 2007.
On an 11-yard reception in the first quarter, senior WR Ryan Grant extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 33. 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. Later in the quarter, Grant hauled in another reception, giving him multiple-catches in 18 straight contests.
Grant finished the day with seven receptions for 113 yards, marking his 12th 100-yard game of his career. His 12 100-yard games moved him into a tie for 100 yards games. Grant finished the season with 77 receptions for 1039 yards and nine touchdowns.
Grant finished his career with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards (14.13 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he finished in fifth-place all alone with most career receptions in school history, fifth in career receiving yards with 2,769, moved to third in 100-yard games (12), tied for sixth in touchdown receptions (21) and tenth in yards per reception (14.13 avg.).
For the season, Tulane recorded 35 takeaways (16 fumbles/19 interceptions). Tulane has turned those takeaways into 120 points on 15 touchdowns.
With the two interceptions in tonight's game, Tulane has now collected at least two picks for the sixth game this season.
Senior RB Orleans Darkwa scored three rushing touchdowns in tonight's game, giving him the most rushing touchdowns in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
With his three rushing touchdowns tonight, senior RB Orleans Darkwa has now scored multi-rushing touchdowns for the third time this season and for the 12th time in his career. Tonight also marks just the second three-touchdown game for Darkwa. His other, ironically enough, was the very first game of his Tulane career on Sept. 2, 2010 against Southeastern Louisiana.
Senior RB Orleans Darkwa chalked up 83 yards on the ground on 16 carries. He finished his senior season with 863 yards on 188 carries (4.59 avg.) with 12 touchdowns.
With the aforementioned 83 yards on 16 carries, Darkwa completed his career with 663 rushes for 2,953 yards (4.45 avg.) and 39 touchdowns for his career. In the Tulane career record book, Darkwa finished in a tie for the top spot in rushing touchdowns in school history with 39. Darkwa also finished his career third in rush attempts (663) and fourth rushing yards (2,953).
Senior DL Julius Warmsley collected three tackles for loss against ULL and finished his career with 30.5 TFLs. With his 30.5 TFLs, he completed his career fifth on Tulane's career list.
Warmsley also had two sacks in tonight's game and completed his career with 14.5, which put the senior in sixth-place on Tulane all-time list.
Junior S Sam Scofield recorded 10 tackles in tonight's game, his fifth 10-plus tackle game of the season. He finished the season with 104 total tackles.
Senior PK Cairo Santos scored three points on the night, connecting three PATs. He completed his career with 312 points after connecting on 61-of-78 field goals (.792) and 129-of-132 PATs (.977). In the Tulane career record book, Santos finished in second place for career field goal attempts with 78, second place in Tulane history in most points kicking and total points (312), second in field goals made (61), third in PATs made (129), third in PATs attempted (132) and tied for third in PAT percentage (.977).
A total of seven Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday against UL-Lafayette, while two joined the ranks for the first time. Sophomore FS Darion Monroe (25), sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss (14), junior SS Sam Scofield (13), senior CB Jordan Sullen (13) and senior DT Julius Warmsley (13) were all on the field at the start of the game. Sophomore DE Royce LaFrance joined them in the double-digit start club, as he logged his 11 straight start on the night. Two offensive players in senior RB Orleans Darkwa and redshirt-sophomore OL Arturo Uzdavinis also made their 13th straight starts on the season on the offensive side of the ball, while junior WR Justyn Shackleford made his 11-consecutive start on the year.