November 22, 1998
The LOUISIANA TECH Game Nov. 26 5:00 p.m. (CST) SUPERDOME (69,767)
LAST WEEK Tulane claimed an outright Conference USA title with a 48-20 win over Houston. Louisiana Tech was open for the second-straight week since last playing on Nov. 7.
COACHES Tommy Bowden (West Virginia, 77) is 17-4 in his second season at Tulane. He has led the Wave to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 17 years. Louisiana Techs Gary Crowton (BYU, 83) is 21-12 in his third season as the Bulldogs head coach.
SERIES Tulane leads the all-time series, 6-0, with all six previous meetings occuring in New Orleans. The two in-state foes havent met since a 22-13 Green Wave win in 1936.
TV The game will not be televised.
RADIO The Tulane Network provides radio coverage over 20-plus stations that cover Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Ken Berthelot (play-by-play), Steve Barrios (color), Gene Newton (pregame/halftime host) and Randy Savoie (pregame/halftime host) provide gameday analysis. Gary Baylor serves as the engineer.
THE SKINNY Tulane looks to close out its first perfect regular season since 1931 by hosting in-state foe Louisiana Tech for a Thanksgiving matchup.
LIBERTY EXTENDS INVITATION The AXA/Equitable Liberty Bowl extended Tulane the automatic bid that goes to the Conference USA champion following the Green Wave's 48-20 win over Houston. Tulane will be headed to the Liberty Bowl provided it is released from consideration for one of the four Bowl Championship Series games.
THE FINAL FOUR The Green Wave is one of just four Division I-A teams still undefeated. Tulane (10-0) is joined by Kansas State (11-0), Tennessee (10-0) and UCLA (11-0).
FIRST LEAGUE TITLE SINCE 1949 With the 1998 Conference USA title in hand, Tulane has won its first conference championship since winning the SEC in 1949. The Green Wave won three SEC titles (1934 and 1939) as a charter member of that league (1933-65).
MAKING WAVES IN THE POLLS Tulane enjoys its eighth-consecutive week ranked in the national polls. The Green Wave is currently 11th in both the Associated Press poll and 11th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. That is Tulanes highest ranking since being 10th in November 1949. Prior to this season, the Green Waves last national ranking had come in December 1979 (15th, AP).
BEST START IN 67 YEARS Tulanes 10-0 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.
11TH-STRAIGHT WIN Tulane has now won 11-straight games dating back to the final game of the 1997 season. That ties the Green Wave for the third-longest current streak in the nation with Texas A&M behind UCLA (20) and Kansas State (19). It is the Green Waves longest winning streak since winning 11-straight between the 1948-49 seasons.
10 WINS FOR THIRD TIME For just the third time in school history, and the first since 1934, Tulane has recorded 10 wins in a season. Below is a list of the Tulane teams that won 10 games in a season: 10-WIN GREEN WAVE TEAMS Year Coach Record 1931 Bernie Bierman 11-1 1934 Ted Cox 10-1 1998 Tommy Bowden 10-0
RARE TURKEY DAY GAME FOR TU Tulanes Thanksgiving Day matchup with Louisiana Tech is its first on Turkey Day since losing at LSU, 18-6, in 1942.
KING AIMS FOR WUERFFELS MARK Despite having played seven games with a broken left (non-throwing) wrist, Shaun King remains the NCAA pass efficiency leader and is poised to set a record for highest single-season rating. King, still playing with the injury he sustained Sept. 26 against Navy, has a passing rating of 180.4 with one regular-season game to play. Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel holds the NCAA record with a rating of 178.4 set in 1995. Currently sixth nationally in total offense (334.2 ypg), King has completed 67.5 percent of his passes (204-of-302) while throwing for 2,902 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also rushed for 440 yards and nine touchdowns. NCAA SINGLE-SEASON PASS EFFICIENCY Rk Player, School (Year) Rating 1. SHAUN KING, TULANE (1998) 180.4 2. Danny Wuerffel, Florida (1995) 178.4 3. Jim McMahon, BYU (1980) 176.9 4. Ty Detmer, BYU (1989) 175.6 5. Steve Sarkisian, BYU (1996) 173.6
KING NEARS AN NCAA FIRST QB Shaun King needs 98 yards passing and 60 yards rushing to become the first player in I-A history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in an 11-game season. New Mexicos Stoney Case accomplished the feat (3,117 pass/532 rush) in 12 games in 1994.
KING DAZZLES HOUSTON QB Shaun King continued his late-season excellence against Houston, completing 26-of-33 for 319 yards, no interceptions and a school record-tying five touchdowns.
MORE KING NOTES QB Shaun King has now had 140-consecutive pass attempts without an interception. His last pick came in the first quarter against USL, 15 quarters ago ... King has thrown for over 300 yards a school-record five times this season, including four of the last five games ... In his last three games, King is 76-of-102 (75 percent) for 936 yards (312.0 ypg), 12 TDs and no interceptions ... With his 78-yard scoring strike to P.J. Franklin against Navy, QB Shaun King now has four of Tulanes 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.
KING NAMED OBRIEN FINALIST Senior QB Shaun King is one of 10 finalists for the Davey OBrien 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). King is also one of 15 semifinalists for the Football News Offensive Player of the Year Award.
KING BREAKS JONES TU MARK QB Shaun King became the Tulanes career passing yardage leader against Army, moving past Terrence Jones (7,684, 1985-88). King now has 8,089 career yards. King is the Green Waves career leader in yardage, pass attempts (1,137), completions (627) and touchdown passes (67). The St. Petersburg, Fla., native is currently second in career total offense (9,046), 399 yards behind Jones (9,445).
WAVE OFFENSE AMONG BEST Tulane is currently second in scoring offense (43.6), sixth nationally in total offense (494.5) and 13th in passing offense (302.2). The Green Wave is also 27th in rushing offense (192.3).
TU STILL MINIMIZING TURNOVERS Tulanes turnover margin (+13, 1.3 per game) is currently sixth nationally. The Green Wave, fourth nationally with only 11 giveaways, has gone nearly four games (15 quarters) without committing a turnover.
40 POINTS BECOMING ROUTINE Tulanes 48-20 win over Houston marked the seventh time this season, and the fifth-straight game, the Green Wave has scored at least 40 points in game. Both accomplishments are school records.
SEVENTH-STRAIGHT ROAD WIN Tulanes 49-35 win at Army was its school-record, seventh-straight road win. Tulane won its final two road game of 1997 and is 5-0 away from New Orleans this season.
DAWSON-FRANKLIN DYNAMIC DUO Junior WR JaJuan Dawson joins teammate P.J. Franklin to form one of the nations top receiving duos. Franklin is currently seventh nationally and first in C-USA in receiving yards per game (112.4) and is ninth nationally and third in C-USA in receptions per game (7.1). Dawson is currently 15th nationally and fourth in C-USA in receptions per game (6.6) and 25th nationally, third in C-USA in receiving yards per game (91.1). Franklin (71 rec., 1,124 yards, 11 TD) and Dawson (66 rec., 911 yards, 12 TD) have combined to account for 137 of Tulanes 211 pass receptions and 23 of the Green Waves 35 TD receptions. At least one of them has reached 100 yards receiving in nine of Tulanes 10 games. Dawson and Franklin make Tulane one of just two schools (along with Nevada) to have two receivers ranked among the NCAAs top 25 in both receptions and receiving yards per game.
DAWSON, FRANKLIN TOP 100 Against Army, for just the fourth time in Tulane history, and the third time in the Tommy Bowden Era, the Green Wave had a pair of receivers top the century mark in yardage. WRs P.J. Franklin (9 rec., 154 yards) and JaJuan Dawson (8 rec., 122 yards) both had over 100 yards receiving against the Cadets. Dawson and Franklin both had 100 yards in catches earlier this season at SMU and last year against Army. The only other time Tulane has had a pair of 100-yard receivers came against Chattanooga in 1988 (Jerome McIntosh, 124, and Michael Pierce, 100).
CONVERSE GETTING IN GEAR Sophomore TB Toney Converse has rushed for over 100 yards in three of Tulanes last five games and is currently ninth in C-USA in rushing (68.9 ypg). Senior TB Jamaican Dartez is seventh in the league (71.4 ypg). Converse has started the last two games.
THE "FISH" THAT SAVED TULANE Sophomore SLB Jerry "Fish" Phillips has taken over the team lead in tackles following his 12-tackle performance against Houston. Phillips, currently with 97 tackles, had a career day against two weeks ago at Army, recording 22 total tackles, including 15 solo stops.
BARNES STEPS IN AND DELIVERS Redshirt freshman FS Meldon Barnes had seven tackles this year prior to the Houston. But when starting safety Sam Knight left the game with a sprained knee, Barnes stepped in with 21 total tackles against the Cougars. Barnes (11 solos, 10 assists) also caused a Houston fumble that led to Tulanes go-ahead touchdown. With Knight expected out for a couple weeks, Barnes is slated to start the regular-season finale against Louisiana Tech.
PUSH EM BACK The Green Wave defense has accumulated 74 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 10 games, an average of 7.4 per game. Those tackles have accounted for 276 yards in losses (27.6 ypg).
INTERCEPTION SHORTAGE After intercepting 12 passes in Tulanes first six games, the Green Wave has now gone four games and 18 quarters without an interception. Last year, Tulane led the nation with 26 interceptions.
PALAZZO SETS WAVE FG RECORD Senior placekicker Brad Palazzo became Tulanes career leader in field goals made against Memphis, hitting a pair to move past Eddie Murray (1976-79) on the Green Waves all-time list. Palazzo, who is also Tulanes career leader in field goal accuracy (48-for-65, .738) and points scored kicking (281), broke Murrays old field goal mark of 45. Palazzo is a perfect 59-of-59 on PATs this season and has connected on a school-record 79-straight point-afters.
WAVE OFFENSE SHOWS BALANCE In the 945 football games Tulane had played prior to Tommy Bowdens arrival in 1997, the Green Wave had gained 200 yards both passing and rushing 13 times. In 21 games under Bowden, Tulane has reached the 200-yard mark both rushing and passing eight times.
ITS ALL ABOUT attiTUde
Each year, Tommy Bowden seizes upon a word or phrase to motivate Tulane. For this years 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 21-straight wins in the Bowden clan.