Nov. 25, 2011
HONOLULU - The Tulane football team will close out its 117th season of collegiate football this Saturday when the Green Wave makes the 4,211-mile trip to the Hawaiian Islands to face the Hawai'i Warriors (5-6, 3-4 WAC) at Aloha Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Internet on ESPN3 and kick-off is slated for 10:05 p.m. CST.
Along with the internet broadcast, the game will also air live on the flagship station of Green Wave football, WIST AM 690, while live audio streaming is available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are also available on the web courtesy of GameTracker.
The Green Wave is 1-5 on the road this season, including 0-2 in non-conference games. Tulane posted a 49-10 victory at UAB in its road opener on Sept. 17, but has lost its last five contests away from home. The last time the Wave registered a road win in non-league play was last season at Rutgers, 17-14, on Oct. 2, 2010. The Hawai'i game marks the end of a run of 13 straight weeks of football for the Green Wave. Tulane did not have a bye week during the 2011 season.
TU will tie the school record for the most games in a single season this week with its 13th game of the year. The last time the Wave played 13 games was in 2002 and, coincidentally, the 13th opponent that season was Hawai'i in the 2002 ConAgra Hawai'i Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Junior quarterback Ryan Griffin has thrown for exactly 2,400 yards and 13 touchdowns this season and heads to Hawai'i needing just 68 yards to break into Tulane's top-10 chart for single season passing yards. Ranking ahead of Griffin in 10th place is J.P. Losman, who tossed 2,468 yards in 2002.
Sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa leads Tulane in rushing with 853 yards on 190 carries (4.5 avg.) and has 11 touchdowns this season. Darkwa and classmate Wilson Van Hooser are each tied for the team lead with 34 receptions on the year, while Van Hooser leads the team in yards (462) and touchdowns (4).
Rookie Robert Kelley ranks first among Conference USA players and 31st nationally for all-purpose yards this season with 138.42 yards per game. Kelley has surpassed the 100 all-purpose yards in nine of 12 games. He now has 1,661 all-purpose yards for the season, and currently ranks fifth among TU's single season leaders and enters the Hawai'i game just 22 yards shy of passing Mewelde Moore's 1,683 recorded in 2002.
Junior linebacker Trent Mackey currently ranks second among C-USA players in tackles and tackles per game this season with 145 on the year (96 solo, 49 assists) and Mackey ranks fifth nationally with 12.08 stops per game. Mackey's tackle total is the third most in the nation this season, just one stop short of the second most.
Senior Dezman Moses may only play two seasons for the Green Wave, but he has certainly left his mark in the school record book. Moses has 8.5 sacks this season, which ranks fourth among C-USA players and 19th nationally, and also ranks fifth on TU's single season chart. For his career, Moses has 14.5 sacks in two seasons, which is good enough for fifth all-time on the Green Wave's career list.
Junior Ryan Travis leads the Green Wave with four interceptions this season. Tulane has 10 picks as a team this season and has returned three of those for touchdowns.
Hawai'i (5-6, 3-4 C-USA) opened the 2011 season with a 5-3 record, but has since lost its last three games, including a 24-21 setback to Fresno State last week. The Warriors are 3-2 at home this season, but have lost their last two outings to Fresno State and Utah State (35-31) at Aloha Stadium.
Quarterback Bryant Moniz was lost for the year two weeks ago at Nevada and the Warriors turned to Shane Austin last week, but it was David Graves who finished the game. Austin has completed 48.1 percent of his attempts (26-of-54) for for 306 yards and one score, while Graves is 29-of-49 (59.2) for 322 yards and two scores.
Running back Joey Iosefa has a team-best 478 yards rushing and five touchdowns, while Billy Ray Stutzmann has hauled in a team-high 66 receptions for 773 yards. Royce Pollard leads UH with 884 yards and eight scoring catches.
Linebacker Corey Paredes leads the Warriors with 89 tackles (48 solo), while linebacker Art Laurel paces the team with 9.0 sacks this season.
Saturday's game marks the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and Hawaii and the Warriors lead the series, 2-1. The three previous games between the two teams have all taken place at Aloha Stadium, including match-ups in 1989 (Hawai'i 31, Tulane 26), 1993 (Hawai'i 56, Tulane 17) and 2002 (Tulane 36, Hawai'i 28).