Oct. 17, 1999
Last Week: Tulane defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 48-32, at the Louisiana Superdome, while East Carolina was idle.
Coaches: Chris Scelfo (NLU, 1981) is 4-3 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. ECU's Steve Logan (Tulsa, '75) is 47-38 in his eighth season as the Pirates' head coach.
Series: The two schools have split the two previous meetings. ECU captured the first meeting in 1991, 38-28, while Tulane evened the series with a 33-16 win in the Superdome in 1997.
TV: The contest will be carried live by FOX Sports Network. Bob Rathbun (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color) will handle the call.
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 hits the road for the third time in four weeks as the squad travels to Greenville, N.C., for Saturday's game with East Carolina. It is Homecoming on the ECU campus, Tulane's third consecutive Homecoming game.
Another Ranked Opponent: The Pirates enter Saturday's game ranked No. 20 in both national polls, and are the Green Wave's third ranked opponent of the season. After a string of 26 games without facing a ranked opponent, Tulane has entered a stretch of the schedule where three of its last four opponents have carried a national ranking. Each of those contests have come on the road. The last time Tulane faced as many as three ranked opponents in a single season was 1996 when the Wave faced No. 24 Southern Miss, No. 24 Syracuse and No. 18 LSU. Incidentally, Tulane's last win over a ranked opponent came on Nov. 27, 1982, when TU defeated No. 12 LSU, 31-28.
Ramsey Rewrites Record Book: Sophomore QB Patrick Ramsey continues to rewrite the Tulane record book. In last Saturday's win, Ramsey equaled the school record for passing touchdowns with five and broke his own school record with 37 completions. The Ruston, La., native is currently the Wave's single-season leader with a 354.00 passing yards per game average and is already establishing a presence on both the single-season and career passing records lists. Against Ole Miss, Ramsey 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 three home games, Ramsey has completed 103-of-150 passes (.687) for 1247 yards, 12 touchdowns and three 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. He is also the first player to throw for more than 300 yards in five consecutive games.
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 leads the nation in total offense at 358.50 yards per game. He also ranks 24th nationally with a 135.01 efficiency rating. Meanwhile, Dawson ranks second in receptions per game (11.80), third in receiving yards per game with 137.2, and 10th in all-purpose yardage with a 169.2 per game average. Fellow WR Adrian Burnette also ranks in the top 10 in receptions per game (8th/7.33) and receiving yards per game (10th/105.0).
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.
Tulane Hot at Home: With a convincing win over Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday, the Wave has stretched its home winning streak to nine games. Dating back to the 1997 campaign, Tulane is 13-2 (.867) in its last 15 games in the Superdome. The nine-game streak is the longest for the program since a 10-game streak that ended in 1974.
A Tale of Two Cities: Tulane's 48-32 win over ULL continued a season-long trend for the Wave. Tulane has been strong at home, averaging 49.7 points per game, and somewhat less effective on the road, averaging 14.7 points. That's not totally surprising since the combined records of the road opponents is 14-5, while the home opponents are a combined 4-15.
Delayed Move Up The Charts: A slight abdominal injury forced RB Toney Converse to miss the first two games 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 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 at Ole Miss. He surpassed the old record of 25 set by Marc Zeno from 1984-87. He now has 28 for his career. 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, 209) and receiving yardage (2nd, 2,820). He needs 27 receptions and 905 yards to become Tulane's career leader in those categories.
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 five of six games this year, and grabbed at least 15 twice.
More Dawson: o Dawson reached a significant milestone with his 218-yard performance vs. SMU. 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 three games, Tickles has posted 11 tackles, a sack, and his first career interception (at Ole Miss).
Putting Some Leg Behind It: Sophomore punter Casey Roussel continues to win the field position battle with solid punting efforts. His 46.5 yard punting average against UL Lafayette was his third straight game with an average greater than 45.0 yards. In his last three games, Roussel has punted 10 times for an average of 46.1 yards. Included in that streak was a 72-yard effort that equaled the sixth-longest punt in school history at Ole Miss and a 62-yarder vs. ULL.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: The Green Wave has tallied 40 or more points in 13 of its last 19 games. Furthermore, Tulane is averaging 38.2 points over its last 29 contests.
Marler Gives Wave a Kick: For the second time this season, true freshman PK Seth Marler connected on four field goal attempts in a single game, 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 11 of his last 13 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 55 tackles in five games. He missed the SMU contest with a pulled hamstring, but returned to the lineup against Syracuse and has tallied 34 stops in his last three games.
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.
Green Wave Football on the Air:
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