Tulane 55, UAB 45: Recap and Reaction

Tulane 55, UAB 45: Recap and Reaction

The Green Wave's potent offensive display lead to their second win.

After forcing a fumble on UAB's second drive of the game, Tulane took advantage and drove 76 yards and scored on a 21 yard toss from Ryan Griffin to Xavier Rush. The ensuing possession for UAB was tough on the Wave's defense as Austen Jacks, Julius Warmsley, Zach Davis, and Royce LaFrance all sustained injuries. Warmsley returned but the Blazers capitalized on the ground, getting the ball into the end zone with 1 yard TD run from Darrin Reaves. 80 of 81 yards on that scoring drive came from the run game.

Tulane responded with an 8 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a 15 yard touchdown throw to Xavier Rush to push the Wave back ahead 14 to 7. After forcing a Blazer 3 and out, it took Tulane just two plays to get on the board with Griffin hitting Ryan Grant for an explosive 61 yard touchdown throw. The teams traded interceptions on the next two drives, but Tulane forced a punt deep inside Blazer territory. On the return, Darion Monroe took it 57 yards down to the Blazers' 3 yard line where they could not capitalize and were forced to settle for a field goal. On UAB's next drive they made big play, taking it 63 yards down to Tulane's 12 yard line. The defense held tough and UAB kicked a FG to cut the lead to 14. Tulane's efficiency on offense continued as they drove 73 yards on two big pass plays from Griffin, leading to a 8 yard touchdown throw from Ryan Griffin to Ryan Grant. With 31 points Tulane had their highest offensive output of the year before the conclusion of the 2nd quarter. After an untimely fumble by Rob Kelley in the waning minutes of the half, UAB took the ball 50 yards and scored on a play action pass on the Wave's 1 yard line. Heading into the half Tulane held the lead at 31 to 14.

After going 3 and out on The Opening possession, Tulane was forced to punt away. UAB managed a drive deep into Tulane territory and capped it off with a 2 yard TD run from Darrin Reaves to make it a one score game, 31 to 24. UAB managed to regain some momentum but were able to mitigate that with a 7 yard, 75 yard drive that ended with a 16 yard reception by Wilson Van Hooser. The numerous injuries along the defensive line began to display themselves as UAB took the ensuing possession 75 yards on 7 plays, scoring on a touchdown throw.

On the first play of the 4th quarter Tulane was in good position with the ball at UAB's one yard line. They capitalized with their first rushing touchdown of the year with a 1 yard run from Orleans Darkwa. The lack of defense continued as UAB drove down the field and scored on a 25 yard 4th and 1 run by Darrin Reaves, making it a one possession game again at 45 to 38. The scoring spree continued on the next drive where Cairo Santos nailed a 32 yard field goal to push the Wave's lead to 48 to 38. The scoring streak ended on the following possession when Lorenzo Doss snagged an interception off a Jordan Batiste deflection, giving the ball to the Wave on the opponent's 43 yard line. The Wave did not take advantage as Ryan Griffin fumbled on a 4th and 1 play, giving the ball back to the Blazers' offense. UAB returned the favor when he threw his second interception to Lorenzo Doss, which turned into a one play drive with Orleans Darkwa going 32 yards for a rushing score. UAB would not lie down as they took 3 plays to march down the field, going 75 yards and connecting on a touchdown throw. The Blazers then recovered on the onside kick down 10 points with 3:03 left in the game. After failing to convert on 4th down the Blazers returned the ball to the Green Wave.

- Ryan Griffin, as evidenced by his stats, was remarkable today. His accuracy and field vision lead to a career day, as well as record setting with him setting the single game passing yards record.

- The running game appeared today, going for over 100 yards as a team. Offensively this is good news as it helps relieve Ryan Griffin a little bit.

- The defense had a hard time in the second half, but 2 interceptions came when they needed them, The injuries on the defensive line forced the Wave to switch to a 3-4 base. They had a hard time stopping the run and generating pressure, but with injuries to Jacks, Redwine, and a banged up Warmsley the drop off is understandable. How the injury situation plays out this week in practice will be something to watch.

- Darion Monroe looks like a great option returning punts. He provided explosive ability that has not been seen on special teams in awhile.

- Offensive line play has improved seemingly each week. Ryan Griffin is obviously more comfortable in the pocket and he has not taken the shots like he has in the first 6 quarters of this season.

- The homecoming game against Rice looks like another winnable game. Let's see if the team can carry the momentum into next week.

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