Senior defensive tackle Antonio Harris has five of the Green Wave defense's 11 sacks over the last two games.
Oct. 2, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Four days after giving arch-rival LSU all it could handle over the weekend, the Tulane University football team was back on the field getting ready for its final non-conference contest of the year Tuesday afternoon at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
While spirits where high based on the team's performance against the Tigers, the Green Wave were focused on the task at hand as the squad continued its preparation for the Army Black Knights. The Tulane/Army game will be the first road game for the Green Wave and will air live from West Point, N.Y., on ESPNU. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. (CST).
"We haven't won a road game since Mississippi State last year, so that's one of the things I'm talking (to the team) about," head coach Bob Toledo said. "If you want to win and be a champion, you've got to win on the road.
"I've never been on the road with them, and we'll talk to them Thursday. We'll have a meeting with them. We'll talk about how you travel, what you do and what my expectations are. It's like a business trip. It's not a pleasure trip. They've got to learn that it's business, so we're going there to work and I'm anxious to see them on the road."
Winning on the road has not come easy for Tulane, however. Since the undefeated season of 1998, when the Green Wave capped a 12-0 year with a 41-27 victory over BYU in the Liberty Bowl, Tulane is 12-47 away from the city of New Orleans. During that span, the Green Wave are 2-2 at Army, but won their last game at Michie Stadium, 50-33, on Sept. 20, 2003.
The Tulane team made great strides last weekend against LSU, especially on defense. The Green Wave tallied a season-high six sacks - the most allowed by the Tigers since the 2001 season - and held the Bayou Bengals to more than 110 yards below their season rushing average.
Offensively, Tulane put up the most rushing yards allowed by LSU so far in 2007, and senior running back Matt Forté piled up 105 all-purpose yards. Making his first start under center, sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo moved the Tulane offense up and down the field, finishing the day with career highs across the board - 117 yards on 11-of-26 passing.
"Our big thing is we need to continue to improve," Toledo said. `I don't want to see us take a step backwards this week. I want to see us progress, continue to improve, and get better. It's our last non-league game before we get (back) into league play next week, so we need to take that next step. I want to build on that first-half effort (vs. LSU). I thought it was a great effort and I want to build on that."
Saturday's game is the first of three straight road games for the Green Wave, who return home for Homecoming 2007 against C-USA foe Memphis at 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome. Single-game tickets for the 2007 season remain on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.