Nov. 7, 1999
Nov. 13, Annapolis, Md., 11 a.m. (CST)
Last Week: Tulane lost to Houston, 36-31, while Navy defeated Rutgers, 34-7.
Coaches: Chris Scelfo (NLU, 1981) is 4-6 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. Navy's Charlie Weatherbie (Oklahoma State '76) is 42-46 in his eighth season as the Mids' head coach.
Series: Tulane and Navy meet for the 13th time with the Green Wave holding a 7-4-1 series advantage. After going 5-0-1 in the first six games in the series, Tulane has lost four of the last six, but did win last year, 42-24, in New Orleans.
TV: WNOL WB-38 will carry the game live in the New Orleans area. Doug Joubert (play-by-play) and Vince Gibson (color) will call the action
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 looks to snap a three-game losing streak and win its first road game of the year Saturday at Navy. The Wave is 15-9-2 all-time against the service academies, winning its last three games.
Injury Bug Continues to Bite: While the results of the last three games aren't aesthetically pleasing, it is almost amazing that Tulane has remained competitive despite a rash of injuries. Five Green Wave starters sat out last week's game with Houston, meaning that the team had lost a combined 16 games due to injury over the course of the season. WR JaJuan Dawson (right knee sprain), DT Domonick Crockett (right ankle), RB Toney Converse (ribs), DT Roxie Shelvin (knee) and TE Mike Turner (neck) each missed the Houston, while LB Jerry Phillips (left hamstring), LB Noel Ellis (right heel), FS Quentin Brown (left ankle) and CB Ky Joseph (left hamstring) were all at less than full strength.
Topping the Century Mark: Freshman WR Kerwin Jones set new career highs in the Houston game as he grabbed 11 passes for 143 yards and two TDs. He is the first true freshman in school history to post a 100-yard receiving game. Incidentally, he is the third different Wave receiver to top the century mark this season, marking the fourth time that Tulane has accomplished the feat.
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, despite a hiatus die to injury. Dawson, who became the first receiver in school history to catch 80 passes in a single season during the Memphis game, ranks third in receptions per game (10.00), fifth in receiving yards per game with 111.5, and 13th in all-purpose yardage with a 152.9 per game average. Ramsey currently ranks 10th in the nation in total offense at 304.33 yards per game. Fellow WR Adrian Burnette also ranks in the top 20 in receptions per game (15th/7.00) and receiving yards per game (12th/100.9).
A Win on Saturday...: would give Tulane 23 wins over the last three seasons, the third-best, three-year performance mark in school history. The last time Tulane won as many as 23 games in any three year period was 1930-32 (25). The school record is 28 wins from 1929-31.
Catching On: WR Adrian Burnette led all Tulane receivers with a career-high 166 receiving yards vs. Houston (on 10 catches), the 13th-best single-game mark in Tulane history. It was his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the year, which ranks third in the Wave record book.
Booming: P Casey Roussel, who put his foot into the Tulane record book at East Carolina, continues to do a great job of winning the field position battle. Roussel posted a 47.7 yards per punt average against Houston. It was his sixth consecutive game with a punting average greater than 44.0 yards. The streak has boosted his season average to 44.4 yards per punt, which ranks ninth nationally. The sophomore from Paulina, La., unleashed an 83-yard punt, which was the second-longest punt in school history, against East Carolina. Incidentally, Roussel has 11 punts of more than 50 yards this season, and placed 10 punts inside the 20 yard line.
Ramsey Rewriting 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 mark with 37 completions. In four home games, Ramsey has completed 122-of-189 passes (.646) for 1450 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. His exploits have already placed him on nine Tulane single-season or career passing lists. He currently holds the TU marks for completions (247) and yardage per game (310.4), and is seven attempts and 206 yards shy of those marks. 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. He is one of 25 quarterbacks in contention for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Sharing the Wealth: With numerous players getting the opportunity to see action on the defensive side of the ball, it's not surprising that a number of Tulane players have collected interceptions this season. On the year, Tulane has 13 interceptions. The team also has at least one interception in its last 10 games.
Not Just Yet: Not only is RB Toney Converse battling defenders, but also injury. A rib injury forced the junior to miss the Memphis game, his fourth DNP of the year after 27 straight appearances. The junior hopes to continue 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).
Usually a Good Indicator: Breaking the 30-point barrier is usually a good indicator of Tulane success. Including last week's Houston game, Tulane has lost just twice in the 1990s when scoring at least 30 points. Tulane is 27-2 in this decade, and 148-10 all-time when reaching the 30-point plateau.
Joseph Produces in Relief Role: Freshman QB Derrick Joseph posted his most productive day of the season against Houston, as he accounted for 114 yards of total offense. Joseph connected on 4-of-10 passes for 40 yards and rushed nine times for 74 yards.
On the Defensive: o Sophomore LB Delando Davis collected a team-high 14 tackles against Houston. It was the second time that the New Orleans native has reached double figures this season. o Sophomore CB Jamal Jones has 28 tackles in his last two games, including 11 against Houston. o Six different Tulane defenders have registered 10+ tackles 14 times this season. LB Jerry Phillips leads all players, having done it four times.
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.
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.
Tulane Hot at Home: Dating back to the 1997 campaign, Tulane is 13-3 (.813) in its last 16 games in the Superdome. The nine-game home win streak that ended Oct. 30 was the longest for the program since a 10-game streak that ended in 1974.
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.
Sure-Footed: Two times 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. Marler, who also handles kickoffs for the Green Wave, has been good on 12 of his last 14 FG attempts, including two career-long efforts of 48-yards (at Ole Miss and at Houston). He currently ranks 17th nationally with 1.44 field goals per game and has made his last seven attempts.
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 67 tackles in eight games. He missed the SMU contest with a pulled hamstring, but returned to the lineup against Syracuse and has tallied 46 stops in his last six 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.