Tulane plays just its second game in the last four weeks when it travels to Greenville, N.C. for a Conference USA matchup against the East Carolina Pirates. The Green Wave enjoyed its first "scheduled" open date of the season last week (Oct. 2) after falling to Southern Miss in its Conference USA opener Sept. 25. That game came on the heels of an "unscheduled" break in the schedule due to Hurricane Ivan.
The Green Wave takes to the road for just the second time this season and for the first time in five weeks with the trip to Greenville. However, Tulane will play on the road three of the next four weeks with its only October home game the Oct. 23rd homecoming matchup against UAB at Tad Gormley Stadium. Tulane will play back-to-back road games for the only time this season with trips to ECU and Memphis on Oct 9th and 16th, respectively, before taking on UAB in New Orleans Oct. 23rd. Tulane fell at Mississippi State in its season-opening road game Sept. 4th.
In the Green Wave's last outing, a physical Southern Miss team capitalized on three Tulane turnovers, including a controversial fumble call that thwarted an early Green Wave scoring opportunity, and wore down Tulane in the second half to claim a 32-14 win at the Superdome. Anthony Cannon tied his career high with 16 tackles and Jovon Jackson posted his second consecutive 100-yard rushing day with 112 yards on 18 carries to provide the Green Wave with some highlights.
Six of the seven previous meetings between
Tulane and East Carolina have come as members of Conference USA, as the teams meet for the fifth consecutive season in 2004. Tulane's victory in the season-ending game in the Superdome last year broke a four-game losing streak to the Pirates. The Green Wave's only other win came in the Superdome in 1997, by a 33-16 margin. Tulane is
0-4 all-time at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Two squads last faced off last season on Senior Day at the Superdome, when quarterback J.P. Losman threw four touchdown passes and the Green Wave defense allowed just one second-half score to give Tulane a season-ending 28-18 win. After ECU scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:32 left in the third quarter to creep within three points at 21-18, Losman led Tulane on a seven-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 16-yard touchdown pass to Nick Narcisse. The Wave defense held ECU to minus three yards of total offense in the fourth to seal the 10-point win.
Tulane Faces ECU In C-USA Tilt Saturday
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