Oct. 24, 1999
Last Week: Tulane dropped its third consecutive road game, losing to East Carolina, 52-7, while Memphis was idle.
Coaches: Chris Scelfo (NLU, 1981) is 4-4 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. Memphis' Rip Scherer (William & Mary, '74) is 15-36 in his fifth season as the Tigers' head coach.
Series: Tulane and Memphis meet for the 22nd time with the series deadlocked at 10-10-1. The Wave has won two straight in the series, including last season's 41-31 win in Memphis, but the home team has dominated the series. The road teams have combined for just five wins in 21 previous meetings.
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 to host Memphis in a key Conference USA match-up at the Louisiana Superdome. The Wave is also looking to get back to the .500 mark for the fourth time in '99.
Success vs. Conference USA: Tulane is 13-7 since Conference USA play began in 1996. However, the Green Wave has posted a 12-3 mark in league action since 1997, with two losses coming at Southern Miss and one at East Carolina. Tulane has won seven-straight C-USA home games, the last home loss coming vs. Houston (17-20) in 1996.
Tulane Hot at Home: With a convincing win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 16, 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.
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. Dawson, who set a new Tulane single-season record with his 78th receptions against East Carolina, ranks second in receptions per game (11.14), third in receiving yards per game with 126.4, and ninth in all-purpose yardage with a 170.4 per game average. Ramsey currently ranks seventh in the nation in total offense at 315.60 yards per game. He also ranks 32th nationally with a 130.90 efficiency rating. Fellow WR Adrian Burnette also ranks in the top 20 in receptions per game (19th/6.43) and receiving yards per game (20th/94.6).
Roussel Enters Record Book: Sophomore P Casey Roussel put his foot into the Tulane record book last Saturday at East Carolina. The Paulina, La., native unleashed an 83-yard punt, which was the second-longest punt in school history. For the game, Roussel registered a 48.8-yard punting average on 11 punts and placed four punts inside the 20-yard line. Saturday's effort helped Roussel climb even higher in the national rankings. He is now eighth nationally with a 44.0-yard net punting average. Incidentally, Roussel has three punts of more than 70 yards this season.
Ramsey Rewrites Record Book: Sophomore QB Patrick Ramsey continues to rewrite the Tulane record book. In th win over ULL, Ramsey equaled the school record for passing touchdowns with five and broke his own school record with 37 completions. In three home games, Ramsey has completed 103-of-150 passes (.687) for 1247 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. His exploits have already placed him on nine Tulane single-season or career passing lists. 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.
Back 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 continued his move up the rushing charts in the Green Wave record book. With a season-high 22 carries vs. ECU, Converse moved into ninth place on Tulane's all-time rushing attempts list with 367. Converse stands eighth on the Wave's career rushing chart with 1942 yards, just 20 yards shy of Jerald Sowell in seventh place. His next touchdown will move him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time rushing TDs list at 13. He also ranks fourth in yards per game (69.36) and third in yards per carry (5.292).
Black Pants Make 1999 Debut: Tulane wore black pants for the first time this season in the East Carolina game. Last year, the Green Wave was a perfect 4-0 when wearing the black pants, including a 41-27 win in the Liberty Bowl.
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 29 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, 216) and receiving yardage (2nd, 2,882). He needs 20 receptions and 843 yards to become Tulane's career leader in those categories.
Picking Up the Defense: Tulane equaled a season-high with three interceptions vs. East Carolina. Ky Joseph, Tim Carter and Jeff Sanchez each collected interceptions to boost the team total to 11. Joseph leads the team with three picks this season.
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 seven games this year, and grabbed at least 15 twice.
Joseph Productive in Relief Role: Freshman QB Derrick Joseph posted his most productive day of the season against East Carolina, as he accounted for 79 yards of total offense. Joseph connected on 3-of-5 passes for 43 yards and rushed three times for 36 yards. Included in that effort were career long plays of 32 yards passing and 27 yards rushing.
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 four games, Tickles has posted 15 tackles, a sack, and his first career interception (at Ole Miss).
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: The Green Wave has tallied 40 or more points in 13 of its last 20 games. Furthermore, Tulane is averaging 37.2 points over its last 30 contests.
Marler Gives Wave a Kick: Twice this season, true freshman PK Seth Marler has 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. He currently ranks 10th nationally with 1.71 field goals per game.
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 62 tackles in six games. He missed the SMU contest with a pulled hamstring, but returned to the lineup against Syracuse and has tallied 41 stops in his last four 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.