Redshirt-freshman quarterback Ryan Griffin will lead the Green Wave into action this Saturday at Conference USA rival UCF.
Nov. 19, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane football team takes to the road for the second straight week when the team battles Conference USA rival UCF this Saturday at 1 p.m. from Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
TU (3-7, 1-5 C-USA) is playing the second contest in a three-game road swing to conclude the 2009 campaign. The Wave stumbled out of the gates last week with a 28-20 loss to Rice in Houston. Following this Saturday's outing, Tulane will wrap up the season against SMU in Dallas on November 28 at 2 p.m.
With its loss at Rice, Tulane is 1-3 on the road this season, but is 0-2 away from home during league play after falling at Southern Miss. The Wave will look to snap a six-game road skid in C-USA play on Saturday. Tulane's last win on the road in conference play was at Rice in 2007 (45-31).
WNOL/NOLA 38 will broadcast Tulane's final two games of the 2009 season in the New Orleans area. On Saturday, November 21st, WNOL will broadcast the Green Wave game against UCF from Orlando, Fla., at 1p.m. (CT). On Saturday, November 28th, WNOL will broadcast Tulane's game against the SMU Mustangs at 2p.m. (CT) from Dallas, Texas. By the time Tulane and SMU complete their game next week, the Green Wave will have played nine of their 12 games on television this season.
When the Green Wave takes the field this Saturday against UCF, a pair of Tulane players will have a chance to accomplish a feat that has never been done in the 116-year history of the TU football program. Senior Jeremy Williams enters the game with 992 receiving yards this season, while classmate Andre Anderson opens the contest with 913 rushing yards in 2009. With eight yards, Williams will become just the fifth Tulane receiver to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving plateau on one season, while Anderson needs 87 yards to rush for 1,000 yards in 2009.
If both players surpass the 1,000-yard mark in their respective categories, it will make the first time in school history the Green Wave has had a 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver in a single season.
UCF (6-4, 4-2 C-USA East Division) came up with its biggest win of the season with a 37-32 victory over No. 12 Houston last week at home and has now won five out of its last seven contests with its two losses coming out of conference to #2 Texas (35-3) and #9 Miami (27-7). The Knights are 5-1 at home this season, including a perfect 3-0 on its home field in Conference USA play. UCF has not dropped a home C-USA game since a 15-0 setback to UAB in the 2008 finale
Senior quarterback Brett Hodges has completed 60-percent of his pass attempts (141-of-235) and as 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hodges was 21-of-25 for 241 yards and one score against the Cougars.
Sophomore running back Brynn Harvey has 818 yards and 10 touchdowns on 208 carries (3.9 ypc), and ran for 139 yards and three scores last week. Sophomore A.J. Guyton has a team-best 32 receptions for 461 yards and one score, while junior Kamar Aiken has a team-high four receiving touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Cory Hogue leads the team in tackles with 82 (51 solo), while senior defensive end Jarvis Geathers has 10 sacks.
Saturday's game marks the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and UCF and the Knights hold a 2-1 advantage in the series. The Green Wave captured a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over the Knights in the last meeting between the teams in the Louisiana Superdome during the 2006 season.
Tulane is making its third trip to Orlando to face the Knights, but will play its first game in UCF's Bright House Networks Stadium, which was completed prior to the 2007 season.
TU and UCF have met just twice since the Knights joined Conference USA in 2005, including the first contest as league rivals in Orlando during the 2005 season, where UCF posted a 34-24 victory.
The Wave and the Knights first met as non-conference opponents at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando during the 2001 campaign. UCF edged Tulane 36-29 in the inaugural meeting.