Sept. 19, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, La. - While excitement still swirls around the Green Wave locker room three days after a 32-29 victory at Mississippi State, the Tulane University football team turned its attention to its second SEC opponent in as many weekends as the team began preparation for a showdown at LSU on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Saturday's contests marks the first meeting between the two teams since 2001, but LSU is Tulane's most frequent opponent - 94 previous meetings - and the Green Wave are the Tiger's second most frequent opponent to Ole Miss (99 games). The two teams met annually from 1919-94, but have faced each other just twice since then. The 2006 game, however, marks the first of a 10-year, home-and-home deal between the two schools which assures the two teams will square off every year from now until 2015.
"It's a game that, more than anything, needs to be played," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said. "It's great for the fans. It's great for everybody. It's one that should be played, and I loved it back in the day when it was the last game of the year. I thought it was a very traditional-like atmosphere and game. I think the whole state, back in that day would circle that game. Whether you were a fan of UL-Monroe or UL-Lafayette, you always paid attention to the Tulane/LSU game."
In last week's win at Mississippi State, Tulane claimed its first win over an SEC school on the road since the 1989 season. During the game against the Bulldogs, senior quarterback Lester Ricard passed for 298 yards and four touchdowns while junior running back Matt Forté galloped for 170 yards and a score.
The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and helped the Green Wave amass 427 yards of total offense against a tough Mississippi State defense that held South Carolina and Auburn to an average of 331.0 yards per game.
The defense, meanwhile, limited Mississippi State to 186 yards through three quarters of play and forced a pair of turnovers that translated into 14 points.
"There are two things that we can really take from (the MSU game)," Scelfo said. "First off, the past is the past. The kids understand that, but now that know they have something (to build on). The second thing is if you play the way you're capable of playing, you have a chance and here is the proof in the pudding. We can go back and draw from that."
Tickets still remain for the Tulane/LSU game and are available through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets to the LSU game, as well as single-game and season-ticket packages to the Green Wave's five-game home schedule can be purchased in person, via the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, single-game tickets (for home games only) are also available via Ticket Master at www.TicketMaster.com and at all Ticket Master outlets.