Special Teams, Not So Special

Tulane (0-1) dropped its season opener to #13 Alabama (2-0) 20-6 despite outgaining the Crimson Tide 318 to 172. Tulane special teams surrendered two touchdowns, while missing on two field goal attempts.

Alabama jumped out to an early 13-0 first quarter lead on an 87-yard punt return by Javier Arenas and a blocked punt which was returned 17 yards by Chris Rogers. Tulane answered in the second quarter with a 35-yard field goal by Ross Thevenot with 13:07 remaining in the half.

Alabama expanded its lead to 20-3 when running back Mark Ingram scored from 15 yards out on the last play of the third quarter. Thevenot closed out the scoring with a 21-yard field goal with 11:47 remaining in the game.

Tulane held the Crimson Tide offense to just 38 yards in the first half. The Green Wave held an 18-11 edge in first downs as well as a 36:35 to 23:25 in time of possession. Tulane also won the turnover battle 1-0.

Tulane sophomore quarterback Kevin Moore avoided the making any big mistakes in his first career start, completing 28 of 49 pass attempts for 225 yards and no interceptions. On the ground, Andre Anderson led Tulane with 32 yards on 12 carries. He also had 4 receptions for 26 yards. Brian King led the Green Wave in receiving with 6 catches for 51 yards. Defensively, Corey Sonnier recorded a team-high seven tackles to go along with one forced fumble.

Tulane returns to the Louisiana Superdome next Saturday to face East Carolina for the Green Wave's home opener. Kickoff was originally scheduled for 2:00 p.m. but may be moved to accomodate LSU. The Tigers game against North Texas may be moved to the Superdome due to the effects of Hurrican Gustav.


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