Tulane squares off against UTSA in a key Conference USA game for the Green Wave.
Nov. 8, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane football team returns to the road for the second straight week to close out a two-game road swing against Conference USA newcomer UTSA on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. CST and the game will be broadcast live in New Orleans and surrounding areas on WHNO-TV 20.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station or Green Wave football - WMTI 106.1 FM "The Ticket" - and audio streaming will be available on the web at TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Live game stats are also available on-line for free via GameTracker.
Despite its setback last week at FAU, which snapped a four-game win streak for Tulane (6-3, 4-1 C-USA), the Green Wave remains in first place in the C-USA West Division and is currently sitting in a three-way tie with Rice and North Texas, while UTSA is in fourth place.
As a team, Tulane enters the contest against the Roadrunners averaging 299.7 yards of total offense per game (120.6 rushing, 179.1 passing) while giving up an average of 376.2 yards on defense (125.7 rushing, 250.6 passing). Senior tailback Orleans Darkwa leads a balanced ground attack with 514 yards and seven touchdowns on 121 carries while junior fullback Rob Kelley is close behind with 368 yards and two scores on 78 totes.
Junior quarterback Nick Montana leads the Green Wave with 1,187 passing yards and 10 touchdowns after completing 109-of-205 tosses in seven starts. Redshirt-freshman Devin Powell, who started for an injured Montana in two games this season, has thrown for 424 yards and four scores on 46-of-81 passing.
Senior wide receiver Ryan Grant leads the aerial attack with 57 catches for 737 yards and seven touchdowns. Junior wideout Justyn Shackleford is next with 30 grabs for 318 yards and five scores, while fellow junior receiver Xavier Rush has 148 yards and a touchdown on 14 receptions.
Defensively, Tulane has 23 sacks among 75 tackles for loss while forcing 26 turnovers courtesy of 16 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. Junior strong safety Sam Scofield leads the team with 76 tackles (54 solo) and is second in stops for lost yardage with 8.5, while sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss leads the squad and ranks second nationally with six interceptions. Senior nickelback Derrick Strozier leads all players with 10 pass break-ups.
Senior defensive tackle Julius Warmsley paces the unit with 12.5 tackles for loss while sophomore defensive end Royce LaFrance paces the team with 4.0. Sophomore defensive back Jordan Batiste ranks second in the country for forced fumbles with four.
UTSA (4-5, 3-2 C-USA) is coming off a convincing 34-15 victory at defending C-USA Champion Tulsa last week and, coupled with its 52-31 win over UAB two weeks ago, has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Roadrunners are 1-3 overall at home this season, including 1-1 in league play.
Quarterback Eric Soza leads the UTSA passing attack with 1,991 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air this season. Soza has completed 63.3 percent (179-of-283) of his attempts but has been guilty of nine interceptions. He also ranks second in rushing touchdowns with four and has ran 75 times for 299 yards (4.0 avg.).
Running back David Glasco II leads the rushing attack with 494 yards on 94 carries (5.3 avg.) and has five touchdowns. Receiver Kam Jones is tied with Soza for rushing scores with four.
Jones also leads the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (284), while four different players share the team lead in touchdowns with two each.
Defensively, safety Triston Wade leads the squad with 68 tackles (34 solo) and a pair of interceptions while defensive end Codie Brooks is tops on the team in sacks with 5.0.
Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Tulane and UTSA on the gridiron. TU has already faced four schools for the first time this season and has a mark of 2-2 in those games. The Wave downed Jackson State (34-7) and North Texas (24-21) but fell to South Alabama (41-39) and at FAU (34-17).
The Green Wave will face its 12th all-time opponent from the state of Texas when it takes the field against UTSA this Saturday. The Roadrunners will be the second first-time opponent from the "Lone Star State" this season and TU is 1-0 after downing North Texas (24-21) a month ago.
Following the UTSA game, Tulane will close out the home portion of the 2013 regular season on Nov. 23 against UTEP in the Superdome at 2:30 p.m.
For tickets to that game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.