Nov. 9, 2013
NOTES FOLLOWING TULANE'S 10-7 CONFERENCE USA LOSS AT UTSA
UTSA 10, Tulane 7
Tulane Game 10
San Antonio, Texas
Saturday's game marked the first-ever meeting between Tulane and UTSA on the gridiron, as the Roadrunners have only had a football program since 2011. It was the fifth time during the 2013 season to date the Green Wave played a first-time foe. With the loss, the Green Wave are now 2-3 this year when facing a team for the first time.
With the loss to UTSA, Tulane has now posted their first losing streak of the season, having dropped last week's contest to FAU in Boca Raton, Fla.
Saturday's game against UTSA also marked the first of three straight games against teams from Texas for the Green Wave. After a bye week on Nov. 16, Tulane will square off against UTEP on Nov. 23 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before traveling to Rice for the regular-season finale on Nov. 30.
The meeting between the two schools on Saturday pitted Tulane's Curtis Johnson against a former boss of his, as he worked under UTSA's Larry Coker in Miami (FL) for six seasons (2000-06). UTSA's cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich was also on the Hurricane's staff during the time Johnson was in Miami, serving as a student coach in 2000 and a graduate assistant coach from 2005-06.
UTSA's offensive line coach Jim Marshall has ties to the Green Wave football program, as he was an assistant coach on the Uptown campus during the 1988 season.
On the game's first drive, Tulane sophomore RS Darion Monroe forced a fumble that was scooped up by senior LB Dominique Robertson. The recovery came on Tulane's two-yard line, giving the Green Wave their fourth red zone takeaway this season. The forced fumble by Monroe was the first of his career. The fumble recovery by Robertson gives him four for his career, and his second of the season. Robertson's other fumble recovery came at Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 28.
In the second quarter, junior FS Sam Scofield forced a fumble that was recovered by sophomore DE Royce LaFrance, returned for 22 yards. It was LaFrance's first-career fumble recovery, and Scofield's third career forced fumble. Scofield has two forced fumbles on the season, recording one against Tulsa.
Senior LB Dominique Robertson posted a career-high 11 tackles on the afternoon, notching six solo stops and five assists.
Sophomore RS Darion Monroe also notched two tackles for loss against UTSA, a new career high. His previous high came at Houston on Nov. 24, 2011 when he logged 1.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Monroe now has a total of 6.0 tackles for loss, and he has 8.5 for his career.
Senior LB Kyle Davis, a native of San Antonio, had a big homecoming, as he nearly doubled his career tackles for loss numbers with 1.5 tackles for loss against the Roadrunners. Davis posted a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss against Houston on Nov. 24, 2011 last season, giving him 3.5 for his career.
With two forced fumbles in the first half against UTSA - recovered by Darion Monroe and Royce LaFrance - the Tulane defense posted its ninth multiple-turnover outing of the season. The fumble recoveries were the 11th and 12th by the Green Wave on the season. They also mark the 19th and 20th fumbles by Green Wave opponents on the season, which is just half of the all-time single season record of 40, set by the 1982 team.
Tulane's defense did not record an interception against UTSA, marking just the second game this season the Green Wave have not corralled a pick. In their loss against Syracuse earlier this year, Tulane failed to notch an interception.
Saturday's contest marked the fourth time this season that Tulane has held opponents to no score in the first half. In addition to holding UTSA scoreless after two frames on Saturday, Tulane has also held ULM (Sept. 28), North Texas (Oct. 5) and Jackson State (Aug. 29) to a scoreless first half. However, Tulane won the three aforementioned contests against ULM, North Texas and Jackson State.
The seven points allowed by the Green Wave defense through the first three quarters tied their second-best defensive output of the year, as they also held North Texas (Oct. 5) and ULM (Sept. 28) to just one score through three frames. During Tulane's season opener against Jackson State (Aug. 29), they did not allow any points to their opponent through the first three quarters.
The seven points scored by Tulane against UTSA on Saturday was the lowest point-total for the Green Wave during the 2013 season.
Sophomore DE Royce LaFrance collected his fifth sack of the season in the second quarter against UTSA on Saturday. For his career, LaFrance owns six sacks. Sophomore CB Jordan Batiste also got in on the sack action, as he logged his fourth of the season in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Batiste has 4.0 sacks for his career.
UTSA's Brandon Armstrong posted a 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Green Wave, marking the longest run given up by the Green Wave this year, eclipsing FAU's Jaquez Johnson's 49-yard touchdown run set on Nov. 2.
The Green Wave notched 14 penalties for 111 yards on Saturday afternoon, marking their most penalized outing of the season. Their previous high for penalties during the 2013 campaign was against East Carolina on Oct. 12, when the Green Wave were flagged ten times. The 111 yards the team lost due to penalties on Saturday also eclipsed the previous team high, which was 74 coming against East Carolina.
On the first offensive drive of the game for the Green Wave, junior QB Nick Montana connected with senior WR Ryan Grant on a nine-yard pass, extending Grant's consecutive games with a catch streak to 30. The last time Grant - who missed the final 12 games of the 2011 season due to injury - failed to catch a pass in a game he played in came on Oct. 9, 2010, against Army. For the contest against UTSA, Grant hauled in three passes for 40 yards. He now has multiple-catch outings in each of his last 16 contests.
For his career, Grant has now caught 179 passes for 2,507 yards (14.01 avg.) and 19 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he remained in fifth place in receiving yards while remaining tied for fifth in 100-yard games (10), seventh in receptions (179) and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions (19).
With 103 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, senior RB Orleans Darkwa has now run 616 times for 2,707 yards (4.39 avg.) and 35 touchdowns for his career. In the Tulane career record book, Darkwa is now tied with Roydell Williams for the fourth-most touchdowns in school history with 35. Darkwa also remains second in rushing touchdowns (35) and third in rush attempts (616) and rushing yards (2,707). With his 100-yard outing, Darkwa moved into a tie with Andre Anderson (2006-09) for the fourth-most 100-yard career rushing games with nine.
Senior PK Cairo Santos scored just one point on the afternoon, connecting on his lone PAT. For his career, Santos has now scored 293 points after connecting on 58-of-74 field goals (.784) and 119-of-122 PATs (.975). Santos did attempt two field goals, missing both. In the Tulane career record book, Santos moved into second place for career field goal attempts with 74, passing Ed Murray (1976-79). He remains in second place in Tulane history in most points kicking and total points (293), while also remaining in second in field goals made (58), third in PATs made (119), third in PATs attempted (122) and fourth in PAT percentage (.975). Despite a 0.021 point percentage drop in his career field goal percentage, Santos remains atop the school leader board.
Two Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Saturday against UTSA. Sophomore FS Darion Monroe (22) extended his double-digit starting streak on Saturday as did CB Lorenzo Doss (11). Three defensive players also made their tenth-straight start of the season, as freshman LB Nico Marley, junior SS Sam Scofield and senior CB Jordan Sullen were all on the field at the start of the game. Four offensive players in senior RB Orleans Darkwa, senior C Zach Morgan, redshirt-sophomore OL Arturo Uzdavinis and redshirt-freshman OL Nathan Shienle also made their tenth straight starts on the season on the offensive side of the ball.
Tulane's game captains for Saturday's contest at UTSA were senior TB Orleans Darkwa, senior DT Chris Davenport, senior WR Ryan Grant, senior PK Cairo Santos, senior DT Julius Warmsley and sophomore CB Lorenzo Doss.