Tulane Game Notes: Green Wave hosts UConn
TULANE WELCOMES UCONN TO YULMAN STADIUM
• The Green Wave returns home this week to Yulman Stadium, as it welcomes the University of Connecticut.
• Tulane’s matchup with UConn will mark the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams.
• The Green Wave enters the game following a 42-33 victory over Army.
• Tulane will be in search of its sixth straight win at home.
• Tulane is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll for the third straight week and the Coaches Poll for the sixth straight week.
• The Green Wave will welcome UConn to Yulman Stadium for the first time since the 2015 campaign.
FIRST AND 10
1. Tulane is in the midst of its best start to a season since 1998.
2. Tulane will look to move to 5-1 for just the sixth time since 1960 and only the second time since 1980.
3. The Green Wave will be in search of their fourth straight win. Tulane has not won four straight games since the 2013 season.
4. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan is 9-2 as a starter for the Green Wave.
5. Senior wide receiver Darnell Mooney has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games.
6. Tulane finished with 525 yards of total offense in its last outing against Army. The Green Wave have surpassed 400 yards of total offense 21 times since the start of the 2016 season. Tulane owns a 17-4 record in those games.
7. Sophomore Amare Jones ranks second in the American Athletic Conference and 12th nationally in all-purpose yards.
8. Tulane has rushed for at least 100 yards in 45 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 season. The Green Wave had 324 rushing yards in their last game against Army.
9. The Green Wave enters their matchup with Army having rushed for over 250 yards in five of the last six games (337 vs. UL-Lafayette -2018, 350 vs. FIU, 298 vs. Missouri State, 325 vs. Houston and 324 vs. Army).
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).
• The Huskies enter their matchup with Tulane following a 48-22 loss at home to USF.
• The Huskies are led by head coach Randy Edsall, who enters the third season of his second stint as the UConn head football coach after being with the program for 12 seasons from 1999-2010. He led the program from Division I-AA status in 1999 to an appearance in the Bowl Championship Series and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season.
• The UConn offensive attack is led by junior running back Kevin Mensah, who leads the team with 398 yards rushing. Last week against USF, Mensah the ninth player in UConn history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards.
• Junior linebacker 0mar Fortt leads the Huskies defensively with 36 tackles (15 solo).
• Redshirt freshman place kicker Clayton Harris is the team’s leading scorer with 25 points.
• The Huskies feature a young squad that has gained some valuable experience as underclassmen. On the offensive side of the ball where UConn has generated 79 percent of its offense from true and redshirt freshmen.
RECAPPING TULANE’S LAST MATCHUP VS. UCONN
• The Tulane football team capped the 2016 season in winning fashion with a convincing 38-13 road victory over UConn back on Nov. 26, 2016.
• Former Tulane running back Lazedrick Thompson ran for a career-high three scores and his backfield classmate Josh Rounds ran for two.
• On defense, the Green Wave forced and recovered two fumbles, both were recovered by former linebacker Nico Marley, and grabbed two interceptions.
• The gave then first-year head coach Willie Fritz his first conference victory, snapping a 14-game conference losing streak.
• It was Larry Bryant’s block that put Tulane in business in the early going as he got a hand on the ball and recovered it on the UConn 23-yard line on the Huskies’ fifth offensive play. The Green Wave converted the turnover into points with a 23-yard field goal by junior placekicker Andrew DiRocco.
• Tulane took control of the game over its next four offensive possessions as three resulted in touchdowns.
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