November 1, 1998
Tulane returns to Conference USA play when it opens a two-game road swing at Memphis.
Tulane is one of seven Division I-A teams still undefeated. The Wave is joined by Arkansas, Kansas State, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, Wisconsin.
Tulane has now won eight-straight games dating back to the final game of the 1997 season. It is the Green Wave's longest winning streak since winning 11-straight between the 1948-49 seasons.
BEST START IN 67 YEARS
Tulane's 7-0 start is its best since 1931, when the Green Wave went 11-0 in the regular season before losing to Southern Cal, 21-12, in the Rose Bowl.
MAKING WAVES IN THE POLLS
Tulane enjoys its fifth-consecutive week ranked in the national polls. The Green Wave is currently tied for 15th in the Associated Press poll and 16th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
Prior to this season, the Green Wave's last national ranking had come in December 1979 (15th, AP).
WAVE OFFENSE AMONG BEST
Tulane is currently sixth nationally in total offense (483.0), third in scoring offense (42.6) and 13th in passing offense (296.9).
The Green Wave is also 34th in rushing offense (186.1).
MOST POINTS SINCE 1937
Tulane's 72-20 win over USL saw the Green Wave reach its highest point total in 61 years.
The Wave last reached the 70-point mark in a 84-0 win over Mississippi College in 1937.
WAVE ROLLS UP 704 YARDS
Tulane rolled up 704 yards worth of total offense against Southwestern Louisiana, the second-highest total in school history.
The Green Wave threw for a school-record 460 yards against the Ragin' Cajuns. Included in that total was a 385-yard performance by Shaun King, the second-highest single-game outing for a Tulane quarterback.
WINNING SEASON CLINCHED
Tulane's 52-24 win at Rutgers on Oct. 24 clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1980-81. Last year, in Tommy Bowden's first season in New Orleans, the Green Wave went 7-4.
40 POINTS BECOMING ROUTINE
Tulane's 72-point outburst against USL marked the fourth time this season the Green Wave has scored at least 40 points in game. That has happened three times in school history: 1928, 1997 and 1998.
KING TOPS 7,000 YARD MARK
QB Shaun King became the second player in Tulane history to pass for 7,000 career yards with his 385-yard day against USL. King now has 7,153 career yards, leaving him 495 yards behind all-time leader Terrence Jones (7,684, 1985-88).
King became the Green Wave's career touchdown passing leader against Louisville, breaking Jones' old mark of 46. King now has 55 career TD passes.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native is currently second in career pass attempts (1,035), completions (551) and total offense (7,889).
KING NOW SECOND IN NCAA
Four weeks after breaking his left (non-throwing) wrist and dropping from the top spot on the NCAA pass efficiency list, Shaun King is currently second.
King, still playing with the injury he sustained Sept. 26 against Navy, trails Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper (178.7) on the NCAA's pass efficiency list with a passing rating of 175.2.
King, eighth nationally in total offense (312.1 ypg), has completed 64.0 percent of his passes (128-of-200) while throwing for 1,966 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.
King's current season rating would rank fifth all-time in NCAA history:
NCAA SEASON PASS EFFICIENCY
|Rk||Player, School (Year)||Rating|
|1.||Daunte Culpepper, C. Florida (1998)||178.7|
|2.||Danny Wuerffel, Florida (1995)||178.4|
|3.||Jim McMahon, BYU (1980)||176.9|
|4.||Ty Detmer, BYU (1989)||175.6|
|5.||SHAUN KING, TULANE (1998)||175.2|
KING NAMED O'BRIEN FINALIST
Senior QB Shaun King is one of 10 finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
King is joined by Michael Bishop (Kansas State), Tim Couch (Kentucky), Daunte Culpepper (Central Florida), Joe Germaine (Ohio State), Corby Jones (Missouri), Donovan McNabb (Syracuse), Cade McNown (UCLA), Chad Pennington (Marshall) and Akili Smith (Oregon).
BOWDEN NAMED FINALIST
Tulane's Tommy Bowden is one of 10 finalists for the Eddie Robinson/FWAA National Coach of the Year Award.
Bowden is joined by Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), Mike Bellotti (Oregon), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Houston Nutt (Arkansas), Georgia O'Leary (Georgia Tech), Larry Smith (Missouri), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), Bob Toledo (UCLA) and Dick Tomey (Arizona).
BIG POINTS BACK-TO-BACK
The 124 points Tulane has scored in its last two games against Rutgers (52) and USL (72) is its most in consecutive games since 1912. The Green Wave 37 against Jefferson and 95 versus USL (134 total) six months after the Titanic sank.
TU STILL GETTING TURNOVERS
Tulane's turnover margin (+11, 1.57 per game) is tied for fourth nationally. The Green Wave is tied for 11th nationally with 22 takeaways.
The Green Wave led the nation in 1997 with 26 interceptions.
ZANDER DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Redshirt freshman WR Zander Robinson scored his first career touchdown on a 29-yard, first-quarter reverse against USL. He caught his first career touchdown pass on a 27-yard, fourth-quarter toss from Jeff Curtis.
DAWSON-FRANKLIN DYNAMIC DUO
Junior WR JaJuan Dawson joins teammate P.J. Franklin to form one of the nation's top receiving duos.
Franklin is currently 11th nationally and first in C-USA in receiving yards per game (108.9) and is 19th nationally and third in C-USA in receptions per game (6.43). He is also tied for 39th in scoring (7.7 ppg) and is 44th in all-purpose yards per game (125.1).
Dawson is currently 20th nationally and fourth in C-USA in receptions per game (6.29) and 27th nationally, fourth in C-USA in receiving yards per game (89.9).
Franklin (45 rec., 762 yards, 9 TD) and Dawson (44 rec., 629 yards, 6 TD) have combined to account for 89 of Tulane's 134 pass receptions and 15 of the Green Wave's 23 TD receptions. At least one of them has reached 100 yards receiving in six of Tulane's seven games.
DARTEZ LEADS C-USA IN RUSHING
Senior TB Jamaican Dartez leads Conference USA in rushing after seven Tulane games, averaging 100.0 yards per game.
Dartez, who missed the SMU game with a sprained knee, has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of the six games in which he's played. He now has seven career 100-yard games.
Dartez has rushed for seven touchdowns and scored twice on receptions and is currently tied for 14th nationally in scoring (9.0 ppg). He is also 23rd nationally in rushing and 41st in all-purpose yardage (125.1).
DARTEZ TOP BACK IN 50 YEARS
TB Jamaican Dartez is currently fourth on Tulane's career list with 2,233 yards. He has more career yards than any Green Wave runner in over half a century.
He needs 137 yards to pass Don Zimmerman (2,369, 1930-32) and move into third place on the career list.
TIMMONS PACES WAVE "D"
Senior WLB Brett Timmons, one of 68 players named to the preseason Butkus Award watch list, has a team-high 76 combined stops in Tulane's first seven wins.
Most impressively, Timmons has collected nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage, caused four fumbles and recovered another one. One of his caused fumbles was recovered in the endzone for a Green Wave touchdown.
Timmons, a native of Bradenton, Fla., finished third on the team last year with 84 total tackles, including 40 solo stops and a team-high 15 tackles for loss.
END APPLIES THE PRESSURE
Despite having only two sacks, senior DE Manny Cuellar leads the Green Wave with 15 quarterback hurries. HILL A DEFENSIVE WEAPON
Senior P Brad Hill, currently fourth in Conference USA with a 41.1 punting average, has pinned the opposition inside the 20 on 10 of his 25 punts. Only three times has the ball gotten into the endzone for a touchback.
PUSH 'EM BACK
The Green Wave defense has accumulated 57 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in seven games, an average of over eight per game. Those tackles have accounted for 229 yards in losses.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Tulane's 12 interceptions are spread among seven different players. Following team leader Tellius Carr, who has three, is Tim Carter, Michael Jordan and Alphonso Roundtree with two picks apiece.
BACKUP QBs THROW 1st TDs
Backup QBs Jeff Curtis and Patrick Ramsey both threw there first career touchdown passes against USL. Curtis, a senior, hooked up with Zander Robinson for a 27-yard score, while Ramsey, a redshirt freshman, threw a 14-yard TD to Adrian Burnette.
Tulane's back-to-back 50-point games marks the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1928.
FIFTH-STRAIGHT ROAD WIN
Tulane's 52-24 win over SMU was its fifth-straight road win. It is the Green Wave's longest road winning streak since taking five-straight away from New Orleans in 1930-31.
Tulane hasn't won six-straight away from home since 1924-25. WAVE OFFENSE SHOWS BALANCE
In the 945 football games Tulane had played prior to Tommy Bowden's arrival in 1997, the Green Wave had gained 200 yards both passing and rushing 13 times. In 18 games under Bowden, Tulane has reached the 200-yard mark both rushing and passing six times.
KING DIALING LONG DISTANCE
With his 78-yard scoring strike to P.J. Franklin against Navy, QB Shaun King now has four of Tulane's seven longest passes of all-time.
Earlier this year against SMU, King hooked up with JaJuan Dawson on a 94-yard TD, the longest pass play in Green Wave history.
CARR LEADS C-USA IN PICKS
Senior SS Tellius Carr is currently tied for the Conference USA lead in interceptions per game (0.43). Carr has three picks in seven games, which also places him tied for 29th nationally.
PALAZZO ON RECORD WATCH
Senior placekicker Brad Palazzo, Tulane's current career leader in field goal accuracy (44-for-58, .759) and points scored kicking (251), is also second in field goals made (44) and fourth in field goals attempted (58).
ITS ALL ABOUT attiTUde
Each year, Tommy Bowden seizes upon a word or phrase to motivate Tulane. For this year's word - "attiTUde" - Bowden reached back into the family archives.
His younger brother, Terry, used "AttitUde" during his first season at Auburn while leading the 1993 Tigers to an 11-0 record.
Thus, "ATTITUDE" has accounted for 18-straight wins in the Bowden clan.
WAVE ACHIEVES RARE BALANCE
Tulane's 568 yards of total offense against Cincinnati featured 290 yards rushing and 278 yards passing. It was just the third time in school history, but the second time under Tommy Bowden, that the Green Wave has had over 250 yards both rushing and passing.
BLACK PANTS DEBUT vs. USM
For the first time in the 105-year history of Tulane football, the Green Wave donned black pants to go along with its green jerseys against Southern Miss.
SEC ABSENT ON TULANE SLATE
For the first time since the Southeastern Conference was formed in 1933, Tulane does not have an SEC team on its football schedule.
The last time the Green Wave played a season without facing a school currently in the SEC was 1918.
Of course, Tulane was a charter member of the SEC but left the league following the 1965 season. In fact, Tulane has more SEC championships (three, 1934-39-49) than five current SEC members (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt).
WAVE picked 2ND in C-USA
Tulane was picked tied for second in this year's Conference USA race in a preseason vote of league coaches.
The Green Wave tied East Carolina for the second spot, followed by Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, Louisville and Army.
Last year's league champion, Southern Miss, is picked to repeat atop the league.
C-USA COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
1. Southern Miss
DARTEZ HAS 28-YEAR HIGH
Senior TB Jamaican Dartez had the best rushing day by a Green Wave player in 28 years with his 21-carry, 195-yard day against Cincinnati.
Although just missing a 200-yard day, Dartez's rushing total was the most by a Tulane player since David Abercrombie had a school-record 246 yards rushing against North Carolina State in 1970.
Dartez's total was the fourth-highest ever by a Tulane back.
RB, WR MAKE WAVE HISTORY
RB Jamaican Dartez (195 rushing) and WR P.J. Franklin (172 receiving) combined to make Tulane football history against Cincinnati. The duo gave the Green Wave a 150-yard rusher and a 150-yard receiver in the same game for the first time ever.
EIGHT TRUE FROSH PLAY EARLY
Tulane has played eight true freshmen thus far.
QB Derrick Joseph, last year's New Orleans' Metro Male Athlete of the Year, opened the Cincinnati game with a 25-yard reverse.
Other first-year Wave players seeing early action are OT Chrys Bullock, WR Terrell Harris, DS Grant Higgison, TB Genarrio Reshard, OT Corey Sewell and C Torie Taulli.
Sewell has started the first four games at left tackle.
KING GIVEN PRESEASON HONOR
Senior quarterback Shaun King followed his 1997 Conference USA Player of the Year season by being given the same honor this preseason by league coaches.
King led C-USA in both passing efficiency (128.3) and total offense (279.8 ypg) last year while leading Tulane to its first winning season since 1981.
WAVE DOMINATES C-USA TEAM
Tulane placed a league-high eight players on the preseason All-Conference-USA team as voted on by league coaches.
On offense, the Green Wave was represented by QB Shaun King, RB Toney Converse and WR JaJuan Dawson, while DL Dennis O'Sullivan, LB Brett Timmons and CB Michael Jordan were named to the defensive squad.
Tulane swept the kicking positions, with PK Brad Palazzo and P Brad Hill both earning preseason all-conference honors.
WAVE BOASTS LEAGUE LEADERS
Tulane boasts the top Conference-USA returnee in seven different categories. QB Shaun King led the league in passing efficiency and total offense, PK Brad Palazzo led in field goals and scoring, P Brad Hill paced C-USA in punting.
WR P.J. Franklin is the top statistical returnee in receptions per game (5.27) while CB Michael Jordan is the top returning C-USA interceptor (five).