Tulane set for Friday night kickoff at No. 24 Memphis

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Dontrell Hilliard

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football goes on the road for a key divisional battle at No. 24 Memphis on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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

For fans traveling to the game: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium has instituted a clear bag policy for the 2017 season. Details about the clear bag policy can be found here.

•     Tulane looks to earn its first road victory of the season.
•     A win over Memphis would give the Green Wave at least four wins through their eight games for just the third time in 20 seasons (1998, 2013).
•     Of Tulane’s 28 touchdowns scored so far this season, 14 have been with plays that went 20 yards or longer. The Green Wave’s six longest plays have resulted in touchdowns – three rushing (75, 72, 58) and three passing (73, 62, 62). In total, Tulane has converted 36 offensive plays of 20 yards or longer.
•     Tulane has rushed for 100 or more yards in 22 straight games, dating back to the final three games of the 2015 season. The Green Wave have rushed for 190 or more yards in each of their first seven games this season.
•     The Green Wave now forced a turnover in eight consecutive games, dating back to the final game of last season at UConn on Nov. 26, 2016.
•     Tulane leads The American and ranks tied for fourth in the nation in turnovers lost with five. The Green Wave are tied with Alabama, UCF, Toledo and Vanderbilt and sits just behind North Carolina State (3), Miami (Fla.) (3) and Wake Forest (3).
•     The Green Wave also leads The American in passing defense (190.6) and passes had intercepted (3).
•     Of head coach Willie Fritz’ 200 on-field victories, 63 have come on the NCAA Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

•     Since 2014, Memphis is 12-0 when playing a regular-season, non-Saturday game since 2014. Five of those 12 victories have come at home. The Tigers have four Thursday wins and eight Friday wins during this stretch.
•     The Tigers are 4-0 in non-Saturday games so far in 2017.
•     Memphis is tied for second in the nation in turnovers gained with 20. The Tigers are tied with Utah State and are just one behind California’s 21.
•     Senior quarterback Riley Ferguson and redshirt senior wide receiver Anthony Miller have created the nation’s most prolific passing combination over
the last two seasons. The duo has connected on 22 total touchdown passes in two seasons, including 13 last season.
•     In the Tigers’ comeback victory over Houston, Ferguson threw for a school-record 471 yards and one touchdown. He accounted for 465 of the team’s 501 total yards (471 passing/-6 rushing). Sophomore running back Patrick Taylor Jr. rushed for a program-record four touchdowns.

•     Tulane and Memphis are meeting for the 34th time on the gridiron with the Tigers leading the all-time series 21-11-1.
•     The Green Wave have lost the last 10 games in the series.
•     Tulane’s last win over Memphis was a 37-14 victory in New Orleans on Nov. 18, 2000.
•     Tulane’s last road win over Memphis was a 41-31 victory on Nov. 7, 1998.  In that game, the Wave was ranked tied for 15th in the Associated Press Poll and 16th in the Coaches’ Poll.
•     The Green Wave are 2-12 in games in the series played in Memphis. The other win was a 24-7 victory on Nov. 14, 1981.
•     Tulane is looking for its sixth conference win as member of The American with its previous wins coming vs. UConn and at Houston in 2014, vs. UCF in 2015, at UConn in 2016 and vs. Tulsa in 2017.

GAME 8: TULANE GREEN WAVE (3-4, 1-2 AAC | WEST) vs. #24 MEMPHIS TIGERS (6-1, 3-1 AAC | WEST)
 When:  Friday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. CT
 Where:  Memphis, Tenn. | Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (58,318)
 Watch:  CBS Sports Network
 Commentators:  John Sadak (PBP), Randy Cross (Analyst), Tina Cervasio (Sidelines)
 Radio:  Sports 1280 AM New Orleans | TuneIn Radio
 Radio Commentators:  Todd Graffagnini (PBP), Steve Barrios (Analyst), Gus Kattengel (Sidelines)
 Stats:  Live Stats
 Notes:  Tulane | Memphis | American
 Social:  @GreenWaveFB
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