Tulane-UAB Set For 6 P.M. Kickoff

Like Tulane's defense, the Blazers' have shown an inability to make big plays, as they have forced but 10 turnovers. Unlike the Tulane defense, the Blazers have recorded only seven sacks.

The Tulane Green Wave visit the UAB Blazers in Conference-USA action Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

The teams sport identical won-loss records both being 1-4 overall and 0-1 in C-USA.

The Green Wave have lost two straight contests, including a heartbreaking, 20-17 overtime loss to Army this past weekend since their only victory of the season, a 35-27 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.

Tulane's defense allows 393.2 yards and 30.6 points per game. The bright spot of the defense has the Green Wave's ability to put pressure on the opposing quarterback, as Greenie defenders have racked up 19 sacks on the season to rank eighth nationally.

But despite the nationally ranked pass rush the defense has allowed 251 passing yards per game and has not been able to force many turnovers on the season, collecting just eight in their five games.

The Green Wave has played the run very well at times and allows but 142 rushing yards per game. The Wave defense held Army to only 47 rushing yards and No.1 ranked LSU to only minus-11 yards in the first half and 134 yards overall.

But the defense has been unable to stop the opposition in the redzone, and opponents have converted 86 percent of their redzone opportunities. Army converted on both of their redzone opportunities.

After giving up 994 yards of total offense in their first two games of the season to Mississippi State and Houston the Wave defense has made a better showing in their last three games, allowing 341 yards to Southeastern La., 391 yards to LSU, and only 240 yards to Army.

Defensively, the Green Wave is led by middle linebacker Evan Lee, a junior, and senior strong safety Joseph Goosby. Lee has made 49 tackles to lead the team and Goosby has made 40 tackles. Senior defensive tackle Antonio Harris, who has started every game of his college career leads the club with five sacks in his six tackles for loss.

Free safety David Skehan, a junior and a former walk on, leads the Tulane secondary with three interceptions. Skehan has also posted 29 tackles, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. Defensive end Reggie Scott has emerged from a series of injuries to rank second on the team with five tackles for loss, while sophomore defensive end Adam Kwentua is second in sacks with four.

UAB's offense enters the weekend averaging an anemic 318.8 yards per game (114.8 rushing, 204.0 passing). The Blazers are led by Sam Hunt, a senior transfer from Middle Tennessee State. Hunt has completed 74-of-151 passes for 897 yards and six touchdowns against 4 interceptions.

On the ground, the Blazers are led by Rashaud Sanders, a sophomore who has rushed 51 times and netted 178 yards.

Frantell Forrest, a redshirt sophomore, leads the Blazers with 18 receptions for three touchdowns. Backup quarterback Joseph Webb also plays receiver and has been very effective, catching 16 passes for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns.

At quarterback, Webb has completed 11-of-27 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown and leads the team in yards per carry, averaging 4.5 per attempt on 23 carries for 104 yards.

The Blazers have struggled defensively, yielding an average of 465 yards per game. In what could be a beacon of light for Tulane, opponents are gaining 221.8 rushing yards per game, a 5.1 yards per carry average.

Like Tulane's defense, the Blazers' have shown an inability to make big plays, as they have forced but 10 turnovers. Unlike the Tulane defense, the Blazers have recorded only seven sacks.

The Blazers are led by senior free safety Will Dunbar, who has made 41 tackles and picked off 2 passes. True freshman middle linebacker Mike Tashman has made 38 tackles to rank second on the team.

Dunbar has missed 2 games due to injury.

Tashman attended Hoover High School, which features Alabama's best high school football program and attended the U.S. Military Academy Prep School last fall.

Junior cornerback Kevin Sanders has grabbed 3 interceptions to lead the team.

Tulane is led by junior running back Matt Forte leads the team with 710 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Forte also leads the team in receiving, with 17 receptions for 146 yards.

Forte has scored 8 touchdowns and averages 6 yards per carry.

As a team, Tulane averages 318.8 yards of total offense per game, 152 of those yards on the ground and 166 yards through the air.

Travis Olexa will make his first career start at right tackle in place of injured Scott Holt, who suffered a knee injury on the Green Wave's third snap of the ball game. Olexa is the third player to start a game at that position this season.

Sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo makes his third consecutive start his game against the Blazers, and has thrown for 346 yards on 36-of-67 passing to date.

Junior wide receiver Brian King ranks second behind Forte with 15 receptions, while sophomore Jeremy Williams leads the team with 187 yards on 10 catches.

Tulane's extended road trip continues next week when they travel to Dallas, Texas, to face the SMU Mustangs in a game scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.

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