Nov. 27, 2011
Hawai'i 35, Tulane 23
Tulane Game 13
Saturday's game marked the fourth all-time meeting between Tulane and Hawaii. All four games in the series have been played in Hawaii and the Warriors lead the series 3-1 with their 35-23 victory tonight.
The Green Wave finished the season 1-6 on the road, including 0-3 in non-conference games.
With 11 losses this season, Tulane set the school record for the most losses in one season and ended the year with a 10-game skid. The last time Tulane lost double digit games in one season was 2008 (10).
Tulane tied the school record for the most games in a single season with its 13th game of the year tonight. 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.
Sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa scored two touchdowns against Hawai'i and ranks alone in second place on Tulane single-season history in touchdown runs with 13. The school record of 23 was set by All-America running back Matt Forté in 2007.
Orleans Darkwa finished the season with 924 yards on 210 carries and 12 touchdowns. His yardage total ranks 10th on the schools single season list, while his carries were the sixth most.
With its safety in the third quarter, Tulane produced a safety for the second time this season. The first came in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana.
Tulane junior linebacker Trent Mackey saw his 24-game starting streak snapped tonight. Mackey missed tonight's game due to an appendicitis he suffered earlier in the week. Mackey currently ranks second among Conference USA players in tackles and tackles per game this season with 145 on the year (96 solo, 49 assists) and he ranks fifth nationally with 12.08 stops per game.
Mackey's 145 total tackles this season ranks 10th among the school's single season leaders and is the most tackles by a Tulane player in one season since 1983 when Burnell Dent established the school record of 172 and David Jackson also recorded 163, the fifth-most in one season.
Along with Mackey, junior cornerback Jordan Sullen, sophomore linebacker/nickelback Dominique Robertson, sophomore cornerback Kendrick Washington and junior defensive end Casey Blum each missed the game with injuries.
Senior Dezman Moses finished with three tackles (all solo), one sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. Moses played just two seasons for the Green Wave but completed his career with 15.5 sacks, which is good enough for fourth all-time on the Green Wave's career list.
Dezman Moses recorded 9.5 sacks this season, which ranked fourth among C-USA players and 19th nationally, and also ranks third on TU's single season chart.
Freshman Robert Kelley returned five kickoffs tonight for 62 yards and added to his Tulane single-season record for kickoff returns and kickoff return yards. He completed his rookie season with 64 returns for 1,305 yards, surpassing the former mark of 44 returns for 1,038 yards by Jeff Liggon in 1994.
Rookie Robert Kelley ranks first among C-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 10 of 13 games. He finished with 154 all-purpose yards tonight (92-rush/62-kickoff/X-receiving) and has 1,815 all-purpose yards for the season, Kelley moved ahead of Mewelde Moore's 1,683 total (2002) into fourth place for the year.
Robert Kelley's rushing total of 92 yards on 16 carries were both season highs.
Quarterback Ryan Griffin threw for 2,502 yards this season finished in 10th place on the school's chart for single season passing yards.
Sophomore receiver Brent Comardelle finished the game with career highs of four catches for 54 yards.
Sophomore cornerback Kendrell Washington earned his second career start but the first in 2011, while sophomore Zach Davis earned his first collegiate start tonight against Hawai'i.
Zach Davis made the most of his first start with his first career interception, a forced fumble and six tackles (all solo).
Junior safety Shakiel Smith registered his first interception of the season in the first half and the pick was the fourth of his career.
The Tulane defense finished the season with 12 interceptions this season.
Eleven Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks against Hawai'i: senior OG Emmanuel Aluko (17), junior LB Darryl Farley (14), junior QB Ryan Griffin (14), senior OT Harris Howard (16), junior DE Austen Jacks (25), junior OT Eric Jones (15), senior WR Joe Kemp (14), (24), senior DE Dezman Moses (16), senior C Joey Ray (13), junior CB Ryan Travis (25) and senior DT Cedric Wilson (13).
Game captains for tonight were QB Ryan Griffin, DT Cedric Wilson, S Taylor Echols and LB Trent Mackey.