Nov. 14, 1999
Last Week: Both teams were defeated last week. Tulane lost 45-21 at Navy, while UAB lost 41-20 to Louisiana Tech in Birmingham.
Caaches: Chris Scelfo (NLU, 1981) is 4-7 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 Tulane head coaching debut. UAB's Watson Brown (Vanderbilt '73) is 23-31in his fifth season as the Blazers' head coach, and is 55-108-1 in 15 years as a collegiate head coach.
Series: Today's game will be the first meeting of the two schools. UAB is just the third first-time opponent Tulane has faced in this decade. Incidentally, Tulane is 67-46-10 (.585) all-time in its initial meeting against an opponent.
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 close the 1999 campaign on a high note and end a four-game losing streak against UAB. In case you were wondering about centuries, the Green Wave heads into its final game of the 20th century with a record of 438-479-37. The Wave compiled an 8-17-1 record in the 1800s.
Worth Noting: With just one regular season game remaining, three Green Wave players remain in contention for postseason accolades. WR JaJuan Dawson is among the 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the nation's finest receiver. To date, Dawson has 88 catches for 939 yards and six touchdowns. He has been one of the nation's top-ranked receivers all season. Freshman K Seth Marler is also a finalist for the Groza Award, given to the nation's top collegiate kicker. Marler, who has made his last seven FG attempts, has connected on 13-of-17 for the season. He also has two 48-yard efforts to his credit and leads the team in scoring. QB Patrick Ramsey is among the players to watch for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The sophomore has been outstanding in his first full season under center, completing nearly 61 percent of his passes and throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Seniors Make Final Appearance: Seven seniors make their final appearance in a Tulane uniform against UAB. These seven players have each been instrumental in the resurgence of the Green Wave football program. C Kapua Conley, LB Cedric Clemons, WR JaJuan Dawson, LB Kevin Dukes, OG Jerry Godfrey, TE Mike Turner and FB Okie Woods have a record of 24-20 in their four-year career. No graduating class at Tulane has won as many games since the football seniors of 1982.
Injury Bug Continues to Bite: While the results of the last four games aren't aesthetically pleasing, it is almost amazing that Tulane has remained competitive despite a rash of injuries. Four Green Wave starters sat out the Navy game last week, meaning that the team had lost a combined 20 games due to injury over the course of the season. DT Domonick Crockett (right ankle), DT Roxie Shelvin (knee) and TE Mike Turner (neck), and FS Quentin Brown (left ankle) each missed the Navy game, while RB Toney Converse (ribs), WR JaJuan Dawson (knee)and CB Ky Joseph (left hamstring) were all at less than full strength.
Ramsey Rewriting Record Book: Sophomore QB Patrick Ramsey continues to rewrite the Tulane record book. In last week's game at Navy, Ramsey set the single-season record for attempts (468) and his 23 TD passes are the most for a sophomore in school history. In the 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 also holds the TU marks for completions (283) and yardage per game (308.5), and is 147 yards shy of season yardage mark. 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.
Topping the Century Mark: Sophomore WR Terrell Harris continues to be productive as the year comes to a close. In the last two games, he has 13 catches for 126 yards Harris and WR Kerwin Jones have established themselves as a duo to be reckoned with. 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.
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 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 (9.78), ninth in receiving yards per game with 104.33, and 25th in all-purpose yardage with a 141.1 per game average. Ramsey currently ranks ninth in the nation in total offense at 303.10 yards per game. Fellow WR Adrian Burnette also ranks in the top 20 in receptions per game (12th/7.20) and receiving yards per game (14th/99.40).
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.
Leading the Way: WR Adrian Burnette has led Tulane in receptions in each of the last three games. He has 27 receptions over that span, and has 72 for the season. He posted a career-high 166 receiving yards vs. Houston (on 10 catches), the 13th-best single-game mark in Tulane history. He is now the team leader in that category with 994 yards. With six more receiving yards, he will become just the third Tulane receiver to register a 1,000-yard season.
Booming: P Casey Roussel ranks ninth nationally with an average of 44.22 yards per punt. The sophomore from Paulina, La., unleashed an 83-yard punt, which was the second-longest punt in school history, against ECU. Incidentally, Roussel has 11 punts of more than 50 yards this season, and placed 10 punts inside the 20 yard line. He also has a streak of six straight games with an average greater than 44.0 yards.
Forward Progress: Not only is RB Toney Converse battling defenders, but also injury. A rib injury forced the junior to miss the Houston game, his fourth DNP of the year after 27 straight appearances. The junior was back in action against Navy and 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 1955 yards, just seven yards shy of Jerald Sowell in seventh place. His also moved into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time rushing TDs list with his 13th career TD at Navy. He also ranks fourth in yards per game (67.41) and third in yards per carry (5.270).
Taking His Turn: Freshman Jeff Sanchez made his first career start at running back against Navy. Each of his previous three starts were as a defensive back. Sanchez is the fifth different RB to start for the Wave this season. He made the most of his debut, rushing for 45 yards on 11 carries.
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 CB Jamal Jones has 45 tackles in his last three games, including 17 against Memphis (Oct. 30) and Navy (Nov. 13). 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 Six different Tulane defenders have registered 10+ tackles 17 times this season. LB Jerry Phillips leads all players, having done it five 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, 224) and receiving yardage (2nd, 2,929). He needs 12 receptions and 746 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).