Tulane Green Wave
Rutgers Stadium (52,454/Field Turf)
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Rutgers and Tulane have met four times prior to Saturday’s game … The Scarlet Knights hold a 3-1 series lead … The schools haven’t met since Oct. 24, 1998, when the Green Wave took a 52-24 win at Rutgers Stadium on its way to a 12-0 season … That game saw Tulane QB Shaun King throw six touchdown passes — including four in the second quarter — on his way to a 320-yard day.
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
57-56, 10th season
Rutgers suffered its first loss of the season after North Carolina rallied for a 17-13, come-from-behind win at Rutgers Stadium … Rutgers began the season with a 31-0 win against Norfolk State and a 19-14 win at Florida International … The Scarlet Knights are ranked second nationally in scoring defense (10.3 points per game) … Rutgers has held its opponent to fewer than 20 points 10 times in the past two seasons, including in all three games this year … Rutgers has allowed just four touchdowns through three games … The defense is paced by LB Antonio Lowery, LB Steve Beauharnais and SS Joe Lefeged … Lowery has a team-high 23 tackles with two fumble recoveries … Beauharnais has 21 stops with a sack and two fumble recoveries … Lefeged has 20 tackles with two forced fumbles and an interception to go with two blocked punts … DE Alex Silvestro has a team-high four tackles for loss … WR Mohamed Sanu is the catalyst on offense … Sanu has 16 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown, but also has two rushing touchdowns and a TD pass from the wildcat formation … QB Tom Savage has completed 33 of 63 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions … Rutgers’ specal teams units have blocked four kicks this season.
TULANE (1-2, 0-1 Conference USA)
Bob Toledo (San Francisco State ’68)
10-28, third season at Tulane
88-97, 16th season as collegiate head coach
Tulane fell to 1-2 with a 42-23 loss at Houston Saturday … The Green Wave opened the 2010 season with a 27-21 win against Southeastern Louisiana and a 27-13 loss to Mississippi … The game against Rutgers is the second in a stretch in which Tulane plays four of five on the road … Tulane is 1-12 on the road in the past three seasons … Two quarterbacks have played in all three games, with QB Ryan Griffin making three starts … Griffin suffered a separated shoulder against Houston, leaving QB Kevin Moore to finish the game …Moore has completed 12 of 26 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns … RB Orleans Darkwa has a team-high four rushing touchdowns and has averaged 46.3 yards per game … WR Casey Robottom and WR D.J. Banks get most of the receptions … LB Trent Mackey is ranked third nationally in tackles (12.7 per game) … DT Justin Adams has three sacks and six tackles for loss and is ranked ninth nationally with 2.0 tackles for loss per game … CB Phillip Davis has a team-high two interceptions.