Last Week: Tulane was defeated, 20-13, by No. 25 Ole Miss in Oxford, while ULL was shut out, 44-0, at Washington State.
Coaches: Chris Scelfo (NLU, 1981) is 3-3 in his first full season at Tulane. He led the Green Wave to a 41-27 Liberty Bowl win over BYU last year in his TU debut. ULL's Jerry Baldwin (Mississippi Valley State, '75) is 1-5 in his first season as the Ragin' Cajuns' head coach.
Series: Tulane leads the all-time series, 19-4, and has won the last two games in the series by a combined 128-20. The Wave's 56-0 win in 1997 snapped a three-game ULL win streak in the series. Tulane won the first 16 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1911, and is 18-4 in series games played in New Orleans.
Radio: The Tulane Radio Network provides radio coverage to 20-plus stations. Ken Berthelot (play-by-play), Steve Barrios (color) provide gameday analysis.
Opening Kicks: Tulane returns home for the first time in four weeks to host in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette. The contest is also Homecoming on the Tulane campus.
Tulane Hot at Home: With convincing wins over SMU and Army earlier this season, the Green Wave has stretched its home winning streak to eight games. Dating back to the 1997 campaign, Tulane is 12-2 (.857) in its last 14 games in the Superdome.
High Scoring Possibilities: One thing can be expected when the Green Wave and the Ragin' Cajuns meet...points. In the 23 previous meetings, Tulane has outscored ULL by an average of 37.8-12. In fact, six of Tulane's 10 highest single-game offensive outputs have come against Louisiana-Lafayette, including last season's 72-point output.
Ramsey Piling Up Passing Records: Sophomore QB Patrick Ramsey continues to post prodigious passing numbers. Against Ole Miss, the Ruston, La., native collected a few more Green Wave passing records. Ramsey completed 35-of-59 passes against the Rebels, setting new single-game school records in both of those categories. Additionally, Ramsey threw for 339 yards to become the first Tulane QB to throw for 300 yards in four consecutive games. In two home games, Ramsey has completed 66-of-98 passes (.673) for 851 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Ramsey is the first player in the 106-year history of Tulane football to pass for more than 400 yards in a single game. He broke the previous record of 388 set by Terrence Jones against TCU in 1986.
National Leaders: The pass-and-catch tandem of QB Patrick Ramsey and WR JaJuan Dawson continues to be one of the most productive in the nation. Ramsey currently ranks second in the nation in total offense at 348.0 yards per game. He also ranks 34th nationally with a 128.9 efficiency rating. Meanwhile, Dawson ranks second in receptions per game (12.00) and third in receiving yards per game with 137.0. He also stands 15th in all-purpose yardage with a 162.2/game average. Fellow WR Adrian Burnette also ranks in the top 20 in receptions per game (14th/7.0) and receiving yards per game (13th/98.8).
Success vs. Conference USA: Tulane is 13-6 since Conference USA play began in 1996. However, the Green Wave has posted a 12-2 mark in league action since 1997, with both losses coming at Southern Miss. Tulane has won seven-straight conference home games, the last home loss coming against Houston in 1996.
Delayed Move Up The Charts: A slight abdominal injury forced RB Toney Converse to miss the first game of his career after 27 consecutive appearances. The junior should continue his move up the rushing charts in the Green Wave record book. With 10 carries last week against Syracuse, Converse moved into 10th place on Tulane's all-time rushing attempts list with 345. His next touchdown will move him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time rushing TDs list at 13. He also ranks eighth on Tulane's career rushing chart with 1,870 yards, fourth in yards per game (69.25) and third in yards per carry (5.420).
Dawson Breaks Tulane TD Mark: WR JaJuan Dawson, a member of the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list, set a new school record with his 26th career TD catch last weekend at Ole Miss. He surpassed the old record of 25 set by Marc Zeno from 1984-87. Dawson, the fifth Tulane player in history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards, is now ranked in the top five on Tulane's career lists for pass receptions (2nd, 198) and receiving yardage (2nd, 2,682). He needs 38 receptions and 1,043 yards to become Tulane's career leader in those categories.
Long Gone: QB Patrick Ramsey connected with WR Kerwin Cook on an 80-yard TD strike last week against Syracuse. The play equaled the third-longest pass play in school history and was Tulane's longest play this season. It was the longest career pass and reception for Ramsey and Cook, respectively, and the longest pass play Syracuse had allowed since 1975.
Dawson Grabs 16 vs. Mustangs: WR JaJuan Dawson set a school, Conference USA and Louisiana Superdome record with his 16 receptions against SMU. Dawson's effort, which included a 60-yard reception on the Green Wave's first play from scrimmage, broke the TU record of 15 set by Wil Ursin against East Carolina in 1991. He has collected at least 10 receptions in four of five games this year, and grabbed at least 15 twice.
More Dawson: o Dawson reached a significant milestone with his 218-yard performance last Saturday. He is just the third receiver in school history to register three 150-yard receiving games in his career. He joins P.J. Franklin and Marc Zeno as the only players to accomplish the feat. o With his 13-yard TD catch against Southern Miss. Dawson has now scored a touchdown against every C-USA opponent, except for UAB, whom he faces for the first time in Tulane's regular-season finale on Nov. 20.
Seeking Another Winning Season: After consecutive seasons of 7-4 and 12-0, Tulane is seeking its third-straight winning campaign. The Wave hasn't had three-straight winning seasons since 1979-81.
Tickles Shows Promise: Since moving into the starting lineup against Syracuse, freshman DT Marlon Tickles has performed admirably. In the last two games, Tickles has posted eight tackles, a sack, and his first career interception (at Ole Miss).
Assisting the Cause: Sophomore punter Casey Roussel did his best to assist the the Wave in last Saturday's game at Ole Miss. The Paulina, La., native punted six times for an average of 46.3 yards per kick. Included in that effort was a 72-yard effort that equaled the sixth-longest punt in school history.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: The Green Wave has tallied 40 or more points in 12 of its last 18 games. Furthermore, Tulane is averaging 37.9 points over its last 28 contests.
Burnette Becomes A Target: Junior WR Adrian Burnette has stepped up to become one of the Wave's top receivers, reaching the 100-yard mark receiving in each of Tulane's first three games. He narrowly missed extending the streak to four, totaling 92 yards vs. Syracuse. His 35 catches and 494 yards to date nearly double his career totals of 17 and 289 entering this season. Burnette caught eight passes for 107 yards against Southern Miss, nine passes for 136 yards and three TDs versus SMU, and five passes for 121 yards against Army.
Marler Gives Wave a Kick: True freshman PK Seth Marler connected for 4-of-5 field goal attempts against Army, leaving him one made field goal shy of the school record. After missing his first career attempt at Southern Miss, Marler, who also handles kickoffs for the Green Wave, has been good on eight of his last 11 field goal attempts, including a career-long 48-yarder against Ole Miss.
Phillips Named to Butkus List: Junior LB Jerry Phillips, Tulane's 1998 leading tackler, is on the Butkus Award preseason watch list. He is one of 65 players named to the list, which is presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando and goes annually to the nation's top linebacker. Phillips, a New Orleans native, has 41 tackles in four games. He missed the SMU contest with an pulled hamstring, but returned to the lineup against Syracuse and has tallied 23 stops in his last two games.
Hocke Produces vs. Syracuse: Sophomore RB Brad Hocke posted career-best numbers in last Saturday's game. The New Orleans native entered the game with just 16 yards on four career carries, but nearly doubled that with 30 yards on 16 totes vs. the Orangemen. Included in that total was a career-best 14-yard scamper.
Newcomers Make Impact: Freshmen have made quite an impact on the Wave this season. Since the season opener at Southern Miss featured eight first-time starters, plenty of new faces have debuted. Offensively, three players earned their first career starts - QB Patrick Ramsey, TE Mike Truax and OT Charles Caldwell. On defense, LB Delando Davis, CB Ky Joseph, DE Glenn Lemoine, DE Kenan Blackmon and DT Roxie Shelvin all started for the first time. In addition, eight true freshman also played against the Golden Eagles, highlighted by WR Kerwin Jones, who made his first career catch on a 10-yard touchdown reception for the Green Wave's first points of 1999. Other true freshman to play included PK Seth Marler, who attempted all placements, FS Quentin Brown, RB Jeff Sanchez, DT Marlon Tickles, DE Floyd Dorsey, WR James Dunn and DB Terry Fontenot.
Tulane Home Replays on WB38: Throughout the 1999 season, Tulane's home football games will be rebroadcast in a one-hour package each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on WB38 in New Orleans.
Tulane Games on the Internet: The radio call from all of Tulane's games can be heard live on the internet at www.broadcast.com. Fans without internet access can tune in via telephone by calling Teamline at (800) 846-4700 and using the Tulane code (0647). A credit card number is required.