The Tulane defense has been tough against the run this season, but will have to contain ULM's spread offense in order to help lead the team to its first victory of the season this Saturday.
Sept. 18, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave football team continues a four-game homestand this Saturday at 2 p.m. with a non-conference contest against Louisiana-Monroe at the Louisiana Superdome. Tulane athletics has partnered up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans for a hurricane relief effort to help benefit all areas in the state of Louisiana that were affected by the Hurricane's Gustav and Ike. Fans donating a non-perishable item at the game will receive a $5 discount on their ticket purchase.
After opening the season with a pair of close losses to two of the nation's top ranked teams, Tulane (0-2, 0-1 C-USA) will look to crack the win column for the first time this season against ULM (1-2, 0-0 SBC) in a first-time meeting between the two programs in New Orleans. The Louisiana-Monroe contest is the second of four straight home games for the Green Wave. TU fell in the final two minutes to #14 East Carolina (28-24) in its home opener last week. Following the Tulane-ULM game, the Wave will host league rival SMU (9/25) at the Superdome and will battle Army (10/4) at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on homecoming.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore has completed 57-percent of his pass attempts for 461 yards, while the Wave's running game has faced two of the top defensive lines in the country, including Alabama's front unit that leads the country in rushing defense. Junior wide-out Jeremy Williams leads Tulane in receptions (12) and receiving yards (183) and also leads the team with 277 all-purpose yards (11-rush, 183-rec, 83-KR).
Senior Josh Lumar is tied with teammate Logan Kelley for first among Conference USA players and 12th nationally in sacks per game with 1.0, and Lumar also ranks third in the league and 34th nationally for tackles for lost yardage with 1.5 per game.
Tulane's new look defense under first-year coordinator O'Neill Gilbert has paid off early and often through the first two games with the Green Wave currently leading the nation in quarterback sacks with nine for minus -55 yards. Tulane registered four sacks for minus -29 yards in the season opener at #13 Alabama and produced five sacks minus -26 yards last week against #14 East Carolina. TU finished with 28 total sacks in 2007, the seventh-best single season total in school history.
Tulane also leads all C-USA teams in total defense, rushing defense, opponent third down conversions, sacks and red zone defense, and ranks among the league's teams in pass defense (2nd), scoring defense (3rd) and pass defense efficiency (4th).
Louisiana-Monroe opened the season with a pair of road losses to Southeastern Conference members Auburn (34-0) and Arkansas (28-27). ULM had the Razorbacks on the ropes in Little Rock before surrendering three scores in 17 minutes. The Warhawks (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference) are 3-5 over the last two seasons in non-conference games, but just 1-4 in non-league road games. However, their lone victory came last season at Alabama (21-14).
ULM is led by senior quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster, who has completed 56.4 percent of his pass attempts (57-101) for 604 yards and five touchdowns. Lancaster is also the team's second-leading rusher with 106 yards on 22 attempts and also has rushed for a score. Sophomore running back Frank Goodin leads the team in rushing with 153 yards on 32 attempts, while senior Zeek Zacharie and junior J.J. McCoy each have a team-best 12 receptions. Redshirt freshman Anthony McCall leads the Warhawks in receiving yards with 170 and also has three touchdowns.
Saturday's game marks the second all-time meeting between Tulane and Louisiana-Monroe, and the Green Wave leads the series, 1-0. Aside from its series with LSU, Tulane owns an 11-game win streak against teams from Louisiana. TU defeated ULM, 52-9, during the first-ever meeting between the schools in Monroe during the 2002 campaign.
Since the 1998 season, Tulane has faced six in-state schools, including Louisiana-Lafayette (1998, 1999, 2000), Louisiana-Monroe (2002, 2008), LSU (2001, 2006, 2007), Northwestern State (2003), Southern (2001, 2002) and Southeastern Louisiana (2005), and the Wave boasts a combined record of 9-3.
Tulane athletics and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans will accept donations to help benefit all areas in the state of Louisiana that were affected by the Hurricane's Gustav and Ike. Plaza A and gates, C, G, and E will all be accepting donations. Boxes will be provided at each gate to drop off non-perishable goods. Gates B, H, and ground A where game tickets are sold, will also be accepting donations. All donations at these locations will receive a $5 discount on their ticket purchase.
Both season and single game tickets for the 2008 Tulane football season are now on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. For more information on 2008 Tulane football tickets or any Green Wave home event, please call the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283), or visit www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
All Tulane football games can be heard live on WIST-AM 690, on the internet via the All-Access package at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or on 88.7 FM in the Superdome.
The Tulane-ULM contest will be broadcast live around the state on Cox Cable of Louisiana. The game can be seen in New Orleans on Cox Cable 37. Sean Kelley will describe the play-by-play, while Ronnie Rantz will provide color analysis and Sean Temple will patrol the sidelines with regular reports.