PREVIEW: First look at the Green Wave

The LSU Tigers take a week off from conference on Saturday to face old rival Tulane. LSU and Tulane have met only once in the last 10 years, a 48-17 rout in the 2001 season opener. The Tigers are coming off a 7-3 loss at Auburn while the Green Wave defeated Mississippi State last weekend 32-29.




Tulane Green Wave


All-Time Series: LSU leads 65-22-7


Stadium: Louisiana Superdome (64,900)


Conference: Conference-USA


First Meeting: 1893, Tulane 34, LSU 0


Last Meeting: 2001, LSU 48, Tulane 17

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(27-35 at TU and overall, 5 years)


2005 in Review: 2-9, 1-7 C-USA


Final '05 Ranking: Not ranked


Off./Def. Systems: Multiple Pro/4-3


Returning Starters: 11; 6 offense, 4 defense, punter


Last Bowl Appearance: 2002 Hawaii Bowl


Last Conference Championship: 1998





Rushing: Matt Forte – 41 rushes, 190 yards, 1 TD


Passing: Lester Ricard – 48-30-1, 454 yards, 5 TDs


Receiving: DaMarcus Davis – 4 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD





Date / Opponent / '05 Result


S-9 / L, 45-7 at Houston / L, 35-14


S-16 / W, 32-29 at Miss. St. / L, 21-14


S-23 / at LSU / ---


S-30 / SMU / W, 31-10


O-7 / Rice / L, 42-34


O-14 / at UTEP / L, 45-21


O-21 / at Auburn / ---


O-28 / Army / ---


N-4 / at Marshall / L, 27-26


N-11 / Southern Miss / L, 26-7


N-18 / Central Florida / L, 34-24                    


N-24 / Tulsa / L, 38-14



Head to Head

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Tulane RB vs. LSU LB



Matt Forte is Tulane's leading returning rusher from a year ago and is already off to a good start in 2006. The junior running back from Slidell started slowly versus Houston. However, Forte ran 29 times for 170 yards and a touchdown in the win over Mississippi State. He is also a threat to catch passes out of the backfield, having already snared six passes for 74 yards and another score. Luke Sanders led LSU in tackles at Auburn with eight and was in the backfield constantly.


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Tulane WR vs. LSU RB



Like Forte in the backfield, Davis is Tulane's leading returning receiver and was Lester Ricard's primary target in the win over Mississippi State. Davis had four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Chevis Jackson is LSU's lockdown corner with Zenon out of the lineup.



Player to Watch

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QB ~ Senior ~ 6-5 ~ 222

Amite HS ~ Denham Springs, La.


Why it is important to stop him?

Lester Ricard is the catalyst that makes the Tulane offense go. In week one, the Green Wave's offense was anemic in generating just seven points in a 45-7 loss at Houston. But Ricard got hot versus Mississippi State last week, completing 16 of 23 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Twenty-five percent of Ricard's completions went for touchdowns. A former LSU quarterback, Ricard has SEC-caliber talent but transferred to Tulane after getting caught up in the numbers game.


Who has to stop him?

Jonathan Zenon missed most all of the Auburn game with a concussion and will probably sit out of the Tulane game as well, just for precautionary measures. LSU's cornerbacks—Chevis Jackson and Daniels Francis—need to take advantage of the pressure the Tigers will put on Ricard and look for errant passes. Ricard has only thrown one interception this season, but he tossed 10 last year.

- Matt Deville

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