Tulane Game Notes: Green Wave faces key conference matchup at Memphis
TULANE HEADS TO MEMPHIS; LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT IN AAC PLAY
• The Green Wave returns to action this week as it travels to Memphis to take on the Tigers at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
• Tulane’s matchup with Memphis will mark the 36th all-time meeting between the two teams.
• Tulane will look to become bowl eligible for the second straight year. The last time Tulane played in back-to-back bowls was in 1979 and 1980.
• The Green Wave will be in search of the first win at Memphis since 1998.
• The Green Wave enters the game following a convincing 49-7 victory over UConn at home.
• Tulane will be in search of back-to-back road wins for the just the second time since 2007.
• Tulane is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll for the fourth straight week and the Coaches Poll for the seventh straight week.
FIRST AND 10
1. Tulane is in the midst of its best start to a season since 1998.
2. The Green Wave will be in search of their fifth straight win. Tulane has not won five straight games since the 1998 season.
3. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan is 10-2 as a starter for the Green Wave.
4. McMillan leads the Green Wave with six rushing touchdowns. He is one of only eight quarterbacks in FBS that have rushed for six-or-more touchdowns.
5. The Green Wave secondary is limiting opponents to just 179.3 passing yards per game – a figure which ranks second in The American and 18th among FBS teams.
6. Tulane finished with a season-best 634 yards of total offense in its last outing against UConn. The Green Wave have surpassed 400 yards of total offense 22 times since the start of the 2016 season. Tulane owns a 19-3 record in those games.
7. Sophomore Amare Jones ranks second in the American Athletic Conference and 16th nationally in all-purpose yards.
8. Tulane has rushed for at least 100 yards in 46 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 season. The Green Wave had 311 rushing yards in their last game against UConn.
9. The Green Wave enters their matchup with Memphis having rushed for over 250 yards in six of the last seven games (337 vs. UL-Lafayette -2018, 350 vs. FIU, 298 vs. Missouri State, 325 vs. Houston, 324 vs. Army and 311 vs. UConn).
10. Tulane’s defensive unit has held four of its five opponents under their season average in total yards (FIU, Auburn, Missouri State and Army).
• Memphis is averaging 466.2 yards per game offensively, which 27th nationally. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers are holding opponents to an average of 347.2 yards.
• The Tigers opened the season with five straight victories, including wins over Ole Miss and Navy.
• Following the 5-0 start, Memphis earned a spot in the national rankings for the first time since the end of the year rankings in 2017, as it ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
• The Tigers fell out of the poll this week after they fell 30-28 on the road against Temple.
• Memphis was selected to win the West Division of the American Athletic Conference for the third-consecutive season. The Tigers were selected as favorites for the fourth time in five seasons.
• Memphis has posted 50 victories since 2014, giving the Tigers the 10th-most wins in the FBS. The Tigers have the most among members of the American Athletic Conference during that stretch.
• From 2014-18, Memphis has a conference-leading 29-11 record in American Athletic Conference play. The 29 victories are tied for the most in that span with Temple.
• Head coach Mike Norvell recorded 31st career win at UL Monroe, which set the program record for the most wins in a coach’s first four seasons. The record of 30 stood for 69 years by Ralph Hatley.
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