Oct. 4, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University football team will hit the road for the first time in 2007 when the Green Wave travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on Army on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Michie Stadium.
Tulane enters Saturday's ballgame 1-3 on the year and coming off back-to-back solid performances with a 35-27 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 22 and a closer-than-the-score-appears 34-9 loss to newly anointed No. 1 LSU on Sept. 29. Army, meanwhile, comes into the weekend 2-3 overall, including a perfect record at home with a 14-7 overtime victory over Rhode Island on Sept. 8 and a 37-21decision against Temple last weekend. The ballgame will air live nationwide on ESPNU.
"We had a good week of practice," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "Playing as well as we did (last week vs. LSU), even thought we didn't win the football game, gives our guys a little confidence going into this next week. Realizing that they practiced hard, they have a chance to win.
"I think our guys practiced really hard and they're focused on what they have to do. It's our first road trip, and of course, we haven't won on the road in over a year. Our guys are looking forward to going to West Point, playing against Army and playing in front of a lot of our fans who live in New York and are going to the game."
Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Tulane ISP Sports Network (local station, WIST AM 690) and live audio is available via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to registered members of the All-Access Pass. Due to the national ESPNU broadcast, live video streaming will not be available this week.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 298.2 yards of total offense per game (129.2 rushing, 169.0 passing). Senior running back Matt Forté leads the team with 508 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 87 carries while also tying for the team lead with 12 receptions for an additional 101 yards through the air.
Defensively, Tulane has allowed an average of 431.5 yards per game (166.0 rushing, 265.5 passing). Junior linebacker Evan Lee and senior strong safety Joe Goosby pace the Green Wave with 42 and 32 tackles, respectively, and senior defensive lineman Antonio Harris leads the club with five sacks among six tackles for loss.
Junior free safety David Skehan headlines the Tulane secondary with three interceptions to go along with 26 tackles, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. Lee and junior defensive end Reggie Scott are tied for second on the team with three tackles for loss each.
Army, meanwhile, enters the weekend averaging 272.4 yards of total offense per game (78.6 rushing, 193.8 passing). Running back Wesley McMahand is one of three Black Knight players with at least 30 carries, and leads the squad with 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 58 totes.
Carson Williams and David Pevoto have both started under center for Army with Williams completing 52-of-112 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns while Pevoto has gone 32-of-56 for 266 yards. Jeremy Trimble leads Army with 25 catches for 346 yards and a touchdown, and Corey Anderson is close behind with 157 yards on 12 receptions.
Defensively, Army is giving up an average of 367.8 yards of total offense per game (152.2 rushing, 215.6 passing). Linebacker Frank Scappaticci leads the squad with 41 tackles, including four for loss and a sack, two pass break-ups and a pair of fumble recoveries. Defensive back Jordan Murray and linebacker Brian Chmura follow with 38 and 36 tackles, respectively, and defensive tackle Ted Bentler paces the Black Knights with three sacks among four and a half tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Black Knights have intercepted four passes over their first five games of the year - one each by Chmura, Kevin Opoku, Brandon Thompson and Josh Mitchell - broken up another 13 passes and forced 10 fumbles.
"I think it's a good matchup," Toledo said of Saturday's ballgame. "We compare favorably to Army. We have bright young men here and we have good leaders. Size-wise, speed-wise and athlete-wise, I think we match up very well."
This weekend's game marks the 15th meeting between the two schools and Tulane leads the all-time series, 8-5-1. Tulane is 3-4 against the Black Knights in West Point, but won their last contest at Michie Stadium, 50-33, on Sept. 20, 2003. That game marked a three-game winning streak for Tulane as the Green Wave downed Army 45-31 on Nov. 13, 2004 and against last Oct. 28, 42-28.
Saturday's game at Army marks the first of three road contests for the Green Wave as Tulane will travel to Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 13 for a 6 p.m. showdown against UAB and to Dallas, Texas on Oct. 20 for a 7 p.m. contest against SMU.
Tulane's next home game will be on Saturday, Oct. 27, when it celebrates Homecoming 2007 with a 2 p.m. showdown against Memphis. Single-game tickets for the 2007 Green Wave 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.