Tulane welcomes UCF to Yulman Stadium on Senior Day
TULANE WELCOMES UCF ON SENIOR DAY
-The Green Wave returns home on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will welcome the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champion UCF Golden Knights to Yulman Stadium.
-Tulane’s matchup with UCF will mark the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams.
-The Green Wave will look to finish the year 6-0 at home. Tulane has not finished a season undefeated at home since 1998.
-Tulane’s seven-game winning streak at Yulman Stadium dates back to the 2018 campaign. The Green Wave’s current seven-game home winning streak is tied for 10th all-time.
-The Green Wave’s home winning streak is also tied for third in The American and is tied for 13th nationally.
-Prior to the game, Tulane will honor 16 players as part of Senior Day.
-Tulane will look to win its seventh game of the season, which would mark the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons it has won seven-or-more games in back-to-back seasons.
-The Green Wave will be in search of their first win over the Golden Knights since UCF’s first visit to Yulman Stadium in 2015
-The Green Wave enter their matchup with UCF following a 29-21 setback at Temple
FIRST AND 10
1. With a victory over UCF, Tulane’s 2019 seniors would have the most wins for a graduating class this century.
2. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan is 11-5 as a starter for the Green Wave.
3. McMillan leads the Green Wave with 12 rushing touchdowns. He is one of only three quarterbacks in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have rushed for 12-or-more touchdowns. McMillan is tied for 15th nationally among all players.
4. The Green Wave is the only school in the American Athletic Conference to have six different running backs rush for 200-or-more yards.
5. The Green Wave secondary is limiting opponents to just 206.9 passing yards per game – a figure which ranks second in The American and 40th among FBS teams.
6. The Green Wave have surpassed 400 yards of total offense 23 times since the start of the 2016 season. Tulane owns a 19-4 record in those games.
7. Sophomore Amare Jones ranks third in the American Athletic Conference and 21st nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 129.3 yards per game.
8. Tulane has rushed for at least 100 yards in 50 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 season. The Green Wave had 203 rushing yards in their last game at Temple.
9. The Green Wave enters their matchup with UCF having rushed for over 250 yards in seven of the last 12 games (337 vs. UL-Lafayette -2018, 350 vs. FIU, 298 vs. Missouri State, 325 vs. Houston, 324 vs. Army, 311 vs. UConn and 290 vs. Tulsa).
10. Tulane’s defensive unit has held six of its 10 opponents under their season average in total yards (FIU, Auburn, Missouri State, Army, UConn and Tulsa).
-The Golden Knights enter their matchup with Tulane having suffered multiple losses for just the first time since 2016.
-UCF’s three losses have come by a combined seven points.
-Since the start of the 2017 season, UCF has won 32 of their last 36 games, including a school-record streak of 25 straight wins.
-Josh Heupel is in his second year as UCF’s head coach. He led the Golden Knights to 12-1 record in his first season in Orlando and now has a career mark of 19-4.
-Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel has thrown 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in nine starts.
-Junior wide receiver/running back Otis Anderson leads UCF with 609 yards rushing.
-Senior Nate Evans, who has started all 10 games at linebacker, has a team-high 85 tackles.
RECAPPING TULANE’S LAST MATCHUP VS. UCF
-Tulane scored a touchdown on its opening drive but failed to reach the end zone for the remainder of the game as UCF claimed a 37-6 victory in the two team’s last meeting in 2016. The Green Wave trailed 7-6 at the half, but three Tulane turnovers returned for touchdowns proved insurmountable.
-Tulane outgained UCF 348-297 and had a 22-16 edge in first downs.
-Tulane came out of the starting gate firing on both sides of the ball. On the first play of the game, Robert Kennedy forced a fumble on Adrian Killins as Parry Nickerson then scooped it up for the Wave’s 12th fumble recovery of the season.
-Tulane rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries in the first quarter.
-The Green Wave was shutout 30-0 in the second half.
A MEMORABLE SENIOR CLASS
-Tulane’s 2019 senior class will be in search of its 23rd win since 2016.
-With a win over UCF, Tulane’s 2019 seniors would secure the most wins by a graduating class since 2000.
-The 2019 senior class has directed the Green Wave to back-to-back years of bowl eligibility for just the third time in program history.
-In 2018, this year’s senior class guided the Green Wave to their fifth bowl win in program history and a share of the American Athletic Conference West Division title.
-The 2019 senior class consists of Darius Bradwell, Larry Bryant, Corey Dauphine, Geron Eatherly, Lawrence Graham, P.J. Hall, Will Harper, Randy Harvey, Mike Hinton, Thakarius Keyes, Malik Lawal, Jalen McCleskey, Keyshawn McLeod,Justin McMillan, Christian Montano and Darnell Mooney.
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