Tulane Football Gameweek Preview: Tulsa

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TULANE IN SEARCH OF BACK-TO-BACK WINS OVER RANKED OPPONENTS
• The Green Wave head to Oklahoma to take on nationally-ranked Tulsa for their final road game of the 2020 season. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.
• Tulane’s matchup with Tulsa marks the second time this season that the Green Wave have played on ESPN’s Thursday night platform and the fourth time since 2018. Prior to 2018, Tulane had never played on ESPN’s Thursday Night Fooball.
• The Green Wave will face Tulsa for the 17th time in program history. Tulsa holds an 11-5 all-time series lead. Tulane has won three straight games against the Golden Hurricane. Tulane has never defeated Tulsa in four straight games in the series.
• Tulane will be in search of just its second win all-time at Tulsa. The Green Wave rallied back in the fourth quarter to pick up their first win ever at Tulsa back in 2018. Prior to its road win against the Golden Hurricane in 2018, Tulane had dropped six straight games at Tulsa.
• Tulane’s matchup with nationally-ranked Tulsa will mark the second straight week the Green Wave have faced a Top 25 opponent.
• Last week against Army, Tulane picked up its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in 36 years.
• The Green Wave have not defeated two ranked opponents in the same season since 1979. In that 1979 season, Tulane defeated Stanford and SMU.

FIRST AND 10
1. Tulane enters its matchup with Tulsa on a three-game winning streak. Tulane has posted winning streaks of three games or more just nine times since 2000 – three of those streaks have come under current head coach Willie Fritz.
2. Defensive linemen Patrick Johnson made history two weeks ago at ECU, as he tied a career high with three sacks to set the all-time career sacks record at Tulane. He surpassed Kenan Blackmon, who had held the mark since 2002.
3. Johnson currently leads the nation in total sacks with 10. He has also logged a sack in five of the last seven games.
4. True freshman Michael Pratt became just the seventh true freshman to start at quarterback since 1975. Pratt became the first true freshman to earn a win as a starter since 1985 (Terrence Jones in 1985 was the last).
5. Tulane enters its matchup with Tulsa after scoring 30-or-more points in seven straight games, including a 66-point outburst back on Sept. 26 against Southern Miss. Tulane not scored 30-or-more points in seven straight games in the same season since the 1998 campaign.
6. The Green Wave rank fourth nationally as a team with 29.0 sacks on the year. Tulane’s 29.0 sacks rank ninth all-time in a single season in program history.
7. Redshirt sophomore running back Cam Carroll has rushed for a touchdown in five of the Green Wave’s nine games this season. He has also rushed for two or more touchdowns in four games this season. Against Southern Miss, Carroll scored four touchdowns. Carroll ranks seventh in the nation and leads in The American in total touchdowns with 11.
8. Tulane’s special teams’ unit ranks as one of the best in The American. The Green Wave rank third in the league in kick return average (23.1) and rank fourth in punt return average (11.5). In addition, Ryan Wright leads The American in punting, averaging 46.7 yards per punt.
9. Tulane has rushed for over 100 yards in 61 of its last 62 games. Tulane had its 56-game streak of rushing for at least 100 yards snapped at Houston back on Oct. 8.
10. The Green Wave have also surpassed 200 yards rushing in 14 of their last 22 games dating back to the start of the 2019 season. Tulane ranks second in the American in rushing yards per game, averaging 224.1 per game.

SCOUTING TULSA
• The Golden Hurricane enters its matchup with Tulane after it cracked into the Top 25 of the Associated Press Poll for the first time since 2010.
• Tulsa picked up its fourth straight win this past Saturday as it defeated 19th-ranked SMU, 28-24. The Golden Hurricane’s win over SMU marked the first time in school history that Tulsa had defeated two ranked opponents in the same season. Earlier this year, Tulsa defeated No. 11 UCF on the road.
• Both of Tulsa’s wins over nationally-ranked opponents have featured double-digit comebacks. In its win over SMU, Tulsa rallied from 21 points down. Against UCF, the Golden Hurricane came back from 18 points down.
• Tulsa’s 4-1 start to the 2020 campaign is its best since it began the year 4-1 back in 2016. Tulsa’s lone loss this season came at then No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State.
• Tulsa’s mid-week matchup with Tulane will mark just its third home game this season. The Golden Hurricane did not have a home game until their Oct. 30 matchup against ECU. Three home games were planned before Oct. 30, but were either canceled or postponed.
• Head coach Philip Montgomery is in his sixth season on the sidelines for the Golden Hurricane. In his six seasons at Tulsa, Montgomery owns a 29-38 record.
• Tulsa was picked to finish ninth in the preseason.
• Linebacker Zaven Collins headlines Tulsa’s roster, as its top award candidate. The junior linebacker has been named AAC Defensive Player of the Week twice. He currently ranks second nationally in tackles for loss per game.

WEEK 10: TULANE GREEN WAVE (5-4; 2-4) vs. TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (4-1; 4-0)
 When:  Saturday, Nov. 19 | 6:30 p.m. CT
 Where:  Tulsa, Okla. —  H.A. Chapman Stadium (30,000)
 Watch:  ESPN
 Commentators:  Matt Barrie (PBP),  Mike Golic, Jr. (Analyst),  Kris Budden (Sideline)
 Radio:  104.1 The Spot/Sirius XM 381
 Radio   Commentators:  Andrew Allegretta (Play-by-Play),  Steve Barrios (Analyst)
 Stats:  Live Stats
 Notes:  Tulane (PDF) | Tulsa (PDF) | American (PDF)
 Social:  @GreenWaveFB | #RollWave |  #NolaBuilt

 

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