Oct. 29, 2012
New Orleans - The honors continue to roll in for Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin as he joined cornerback Lorenzo Doss as recipients of this week's Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week awards. Griffin was named the offensive player of the week, while Doss received co-defensive player of the week honors, as it was announced today by the LSWA.
Griffin and Doss each played significant roles in leading the Green Wave to a 55-45 Conference USA victory over UAB last week in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Griffin, a 6-foot-5, 206-pound senior from Westlake Village, Texas, received his second offensive player of the week accolade of the day after C-USA tabbed Tulane's signal caller as its offensive player of the week earlier Monday.
A 5-foot-11, 168-pound freshman and New Orleans native, Doss continues to shine during his first season of collegiate football and is a first-time recipient of a player of the week honor of any kind.
In a record-setting performance last week at home against UAB, Griffin set a Tulane single-game record with 466 yards passing last week against UAB and also threw a career-high five touchdowns. He surpassed the former mark of 447 by Patrick Ramsey against Army on Sept. 18, 1999. It was Griffin's third-straight game with 300-plus passing yards (SMU-302 yds; UTEP-363 yds), becoming the first Tulane quarterback to accomplish the feat since J.P. Losman surpassed the 300-yard mark in the first four games of the 2003 season.
Along with his 446 yards passing, QB Ryan Griffin rushed for three yards and finished the day with 469 yards of total offense, which ranks second in Tulane single-game history beyond the mark of 484 (96 rushing/388 passing) by Terrence Jones vs. TCU on Sept. 13, 1986.
Doss came up big when the Green Wave needed him the most with a pair of key fourth quarter interceptions that halted two UAB drives.
Doss' first pick came as UAB was driving near field with a little over seven minutes remaining in the game and Tulane holding a 10-point lead. Doss grabbed UAB's Austin Brown's pass attempt and returned the ball 17 yards.
On the next UAB possession, the Blazers once again were on the move and near midfield with under four minutes to play when Doss struck again. This time, he snared Brown's attempt and returned it 35 yards. On the next play, junior running back Orleans Darkwa raced around the left end for a 32-yard touchdown to ice the game for the Wave.
Doss' interception total was two of three on the day for Tulane as sophomore safety Sam Scofield added one of his own. Doss leads Tulane with three interceptions and ranks tied for second among C-USA players and 24th nationally.