Football To Close Out 3-Game Road Swing Saturday At ULM

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Junior fullback Rob Kelley and the Green Wave will take on ULM on Saturday at Malone Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Junior fullback Rob Kelley and the Green Wave will take on ULM on Saturday at Malone Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Sept. 27, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University football team will close out a three-game road swing on Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Green Wave play the final non-conference game of the 2013 regular season against the ULM Warhawks at 6 p.m. in Malone Stadium.

Both teams enter the weekend 2-2 and coming off road losses as the Wave dropped a 52-17 decision to Syracuse while ULM fell 70-7 at Baylor. Just like in Tulane's last road game - at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Sept. 12, when the Wave won 21-15 - Green Wave head coach Curtis Johnson expects the team to best make adjustments to what happened a week ago to come out on top this time around.

The Last Meeting
September 29, 2012
New Orleans, La.
Football Drops 63-10 Decision To ULM In Superdome
Junior kicker Cairo Santos tied a Green Wave record with a 54-yard field goal and junior middle linebacker Zach Davis tallied a career-high 12 tackles to go with a sack among 2.0 tackles for loss and an interception, but it was not enough as the Tulane University football team dropped a 63-10 decision to ULM on Saturday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

"It reminds me of Louisiana Tech," Johnson said. "In that game, we had a short week, we adjusted pretty well, we played well and we won the game. Who does the adjusting, makes the proper adjustments and transfers that over to the game, that'll be the team that I think will win this game."

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Internet on ESPN3 and televised in select markets via the Bright House Network and Time Warner Cable. In addition, the game will be aired on the flagship radio station for Green Wave football - WMTI 106.1 FM "The Ticket" - and simulcast on the web at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Live game stats are also available on-line for free via GameTracker.

As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 343.5 yards of total offense per game (113.2 rushing, 230.2 passing) while giving up an average of 378.8 (152.2 rushing, 226.5 passing) on defense.

Junior fullback Rob Kelley leads the Tulane ground game with 196 yards on 28 carries while senior tailback Orleans Darkwa paces the squad with five rushing touchdowns while galloping for 185 yards on 52 totes. Junior quarterback Nick Montana orchestrates the aerial attack, throwing for 919 yards and eight touchdowns on 77-of-135 passing. Senior wideout Ryan Grant headlines the receiving corps with 31 receptions for 418 yards, and shares the touchdown catches mark of three with junior Justyn Shackleford.



On defense, Tulane has six sacks among 29 tackles for loss, forced 11 turnovers with seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries, and batted down 31 passes. Junior strong safety Sam Scofield leads the team with 29 tackles (22 solo, 7 assists) while sophomore free safety Darion Monroe (17 solo, 7 assists) and freshman linebacker Nico Marley (13 solo, 11 assists) are next with 24 stops each.

Senior Julius Warmsley leads the Wave with 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss has a club-best two interceptions and shares the pass break-up lead of five with Scofield and senior Jordan Sullen.

"We know we can win some games," Johnson said. "We won games before. We won on the road. Some of these barriers that we had before are being broken down. Now, what we have to do is collectively come together, play this game like gang busters and play all out this week. Hopefully we can come out of that place with another victory. If we play well, we'll be in the game."

ULM, meanwhile, is averaging 364.0 yards of total offense per contest (147.2 rushing, 216.8 passing) while giving up an average of 443.0 on defense (181.2 rushing, 261.8 passing). Jyruss Edwards has gotten the lions' share of carries for the Warhawks and leads the team with 233 yards on 44 carries while sharing the top spot in rushing touchdowns with DeVontae McNeal at one apiece.

Kolton Browning headlines the ULM offense, completing 93-of-173 passes for 833 yards and seven scores while running 25 times for another 90 yards on the ground. Rashon Ceaser paces the Warhawks with 27 catches for 296 yards and Harley Scioneaux has a team-high three touchdown grabs.

Defensively, ULM has eight sacks among 22 tackles for loss, forced four turnovers with two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries, and batted down another 13 passes. Cameron Blakes leads the unit with 27 tackles (14 solo, 13 assists) while Isaiah Newsome and Justin Backus have 19 (14 solo, 5 assists) and 16 (12 solo, 4 assists), respectively.

Blakes and Joey Gautney share the team lead with 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks each, Newsome and Cordero Smith each have an interception, and both Lenzy Pipkins and Rob'Donovan Lewis have two pass break-ups apiece.

"This quarterback is something else," Johnson said of Browning. "I like him. I think they were capable a year ago of putting a lot of points on us, which they did when they played at our place. It'll be a tough game for us. We like playing against whoever we play against, but this quarterback does pose a difficult, difficult problem (to solve). They're good on defense, not great, but they're good. When you watch the film, you say `What stands out?' What stands out is their quarterback."

Saturday's game marks the fourth meeting between the two teams and Tulane leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Green Wave won the first two head-to-head matchups - 52-9 in Monroe on Oct. 5, 2002, and 24-10 in New Orleans on Sept. 20, 2008 - but ULM won the last meeting 63-10 on Sept. 29, 2012, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The game at ULM is the last of three straight road games for the Green Wave, who will play host to North Texas for Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 5 in the Superdome. Kickoff for that ballgame is slated for 2:30 p.m.

For tickets to the Tulane/North Texas game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

Coach To Cure MD: For the sixth consecutive season, the Tulane staff and coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program during Saturday's game at ULM. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than $1 million to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at a record 580 institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going on-line to www.CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).

Tulane On The Tube: The Tulane/ULM game will be televised in select markets on the Bright House Network and Time Warner Cable markets as part of their sports packages. On Bright House, the game can be viewed in Bakersfield on Channel 148, in Birmingham on Channel 407, in Elmore (BHM) on Channel 763, in Central Florida on Channel 209, in Detroit on Channel 407, in Indianapolis on Channel 407 and in Tampa on Channel 824. On Time Warner, the game will be on in upstate New York on Channel 1551, in central New York on Channel 399, in the Carolinas on Channel 519, in New York City on Channel 198 and in New England on Channel 1551.