Tulane Football plays host to Tulsa on Saturday morning

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Willie Fritz

 When:  Saturday, Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. CT
 Where:  New Orleans, La. | Yulman Stadium (30,000)
 Watch:  ESPN3
 Commentators:  Mark Neely (PBP), Ray Bentley (Analyst)
 Radio:  Sports 1280 AM New Orleans | TuneIn Radio
 Radio Commentators:  Todd Graffagnini (PBP), Steve Barrios (Analyst), Gus Kattengel (Sidelines)
 Stats:  Live Stats
 Notes:  Tulane | Tulsa | American
 Social:  @GreenWaveFB

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football returns to action after an open week when it plays host to Tulsa on Saturday at Yulman Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. on ESPN3.

The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m., but was moved up due to the threat of Tropical Storm Nate to the gulf coast late Saturday and early Sunday.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at TulaneTix.com, by calling 504-861-WAVE (9283), or in person at the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office, located in the James W. Wilson Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive.

On-campus tailgate areas will open at 7 a.m. and will not be open after the game.

The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3, and will air on the Tulane IMG Sport Network, which can be heard anywhere via TuneIn Radio, or in New Orleans on Sports 1280 AM New Orleans and through iHeart Radio.

Five former student-athletes, one former head coach and one team are being honored as the 2017 inductees. Among this year’s class are two former football standouts, Michael Calamari (1961-63) and Dennis O’Sullivan (1995-98), and the 1970 football team, as well as former baseball head coach Rick Jones (1994-14), men’s basketball standout Rayshard Allen (1994-98), volleyball standout Sara (Radosevic) Vidic, and Billy Slatten Award winner Stephen Martin Sr., a baseball player from 1965-68. The enshrinement ceremony is set to take place Friday, Oct. 6 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, and the inductees will be honored during Saturday’s game.

Tulane is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday with several in-game recognitions celebrating the histories and contributions of Hispanic culture. Upon arrival at the game, fans can receive a limited edition Hispanic heritage t-shirt. Saturday is also Louisiana High School Day as high school students statewide can receive a free ticket to the game, plus up to two additional tickets for guests, with a valid ID. For more information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE (9283).

•     Tulane seeks its first conference win of the 2017 season and earning its first win coming off a bye week since a 45-31 win over UCF on Oct. 3, 2015.
•     A win over Tulsa would move the Green Wave to above .500 overall for the third time in five seasons (2013, 2016) through the first five games.
•     Tulane is averaging 28.8 points per game in its last eight home games and has scored 40 or more points in four games over that stretch.
•     Tulane is tied for first in the nation with 11 schools in red zone offense at 100 percent, having scored on all eight opportunities so far this season – seven touchdowns and one field goal.
•    Tulane (19th, 244.3 yards per game) and Tulsa (9th, 295.0 yards per game) come into this matchup as two of the top rushing teams in the country.
•    Tulane has rushed for 100 or more yards in 19 straight games, dating back to the final three games of the 2015 season. The Green Wave have rushed for 190+ yards and two rushing touchdowns in each of its first four games this season.
•    Tulane is one of five teams in the country with two or less turnovers lost. The Green Wave’s two turnovers lost are tied with North Carolina State and Miami (Fla.) and stands just behind Alabama (0) and Virginia (1).
•    Second-year head coach Willie Fritz sits just one win away from reaching 200 for his coaching career. Of his 199 wins, 63 have come on the NCAA Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

•    Tulsa has won the four games in the series played in New Orleans by an average of 21.8 points.
•    In its last two games vs. New Mexico and Navy, Tulsa has held its opponents to 159.8 average yards less than its first three opponents (Oklahoma State, UL Lafayette and Toledo). The Golden Hurricane’s first two opponents averaged 638.3 yards, while their last two averaged 478.5 yards.
•    Senior running back D’Angelo Brewer has the fourth highest rushing game in the NCAA this year when he totaled 262 yards against UL Lafayette. He is just the fourth running back in school history to rush for over 3,000 career yards.

•    Tulane and Tulsa are meeting for the 14th time on the gridiron.
•    Tulsa leads the series 11-2 with the Green Wave’s only wins being a 25-15 victory on Nov. 9, 1968 and a 14-7 victory on Oct. 26, 2013. Both of those wins came in New Orleans.
•    The two teams have met every season since 2005 as conference foes – Conference USA (2005-13) and American Athletic Conference (2014-Present).
•    This game marks Tulane’s 26th game in football as a member of The American. The Green Wave are looking for their fifth conference win as member of The American and first conference win since a 38-13 victory at UConn to close the 2016 season.
•    The 45-31 victory over UCF during the 2015 season was Tulane’s last home conference win.

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