The Tulane Green Wave travel to Dallas this weekend for a Conference USA contest against SMU on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Gerald Ford Stadium.
The ballgame will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net-Southwest. Kickoff is set
at 7:08 p.m. central time.
Both teams enter the ballgame with 1-5 season records and are winless in conference play with 0-2 records. For both teams a win represents a chance to turn their seasons around.
Tulane has lost three games in a row while the Ponies are on a four-game losing streak.
The Green Wave is coming off tough road losses to Army and UAB the past two weekends,m while the Mustangs lost to Southern Mississippi 28-7 last weekend.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 349.7 yards of total offense per game. Led by senior running back Matt Forté, who leads the team with 919 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 151 carries, the Green Wave is averaging 167.3 yards per game on the ground.
Forte also leads the team with in receptions with 21 for 182 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo will start his fourth consecutive game under center Saturday against the Mustangs. Scelfo has thrown for 610 yards and two touchdowns on 55-of-104 passing.
As a team the Green Wave averages 182.3 passing per game but has thrown for only four touchdowns against 8 interceptions.
Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Williams leads the team in receiving yardage, and yards per catch with 320 yards on 16 receptions for a 16 yards per catch average.
Junior wideout Brian King is second on the eam in both catches and yardage with 19 receptions for 199 yards.
Defensively, Tulane has allowed 389.7 yards per game but has been more effective against the run than the pass, allowing 136.8 rushing yards and 252.8 passing yards per game.
Opponents are rushing for 3.8 yards per carry.
Junior middle linebacker Evan Lee leads Tulane with 56 tackles, including four tackles for loss. Senior strong safety Joseph Goosby is second on the team with 44 tackles. Senior defensive tackle Antonio Harris and junior defensive end Reggie Scott are tied for team lead with six tackles for loss.
Harris leads the team with five sacks while Scott adds three. Sophomore defensive end Adam Kwentua is second on the team with four sacks.
Despite the effective pass rush, the Tulane secondary has allowed opponents to complete nine passes for touchdowns against four interceptions.
Junior free safety David Skehan headlines the Tulane secondary with three of their
interceptions to go along with 34 tackles.
Behind quarterback Justin Willis, SMU averages 394.3 yards of total offense, including
159 rushing yards and 235.3 yards passing the ball. Willis leads the team with 368 yards
on 90 carries but has not taken the ball into the endzone.
Willis is one of three Ponies who have gained at least 200 rushing yards.
Running back James Mapps has rushed for 281 on 59 carries and scored four rushing
SMU's other running back, DeMyron Martin, has rushed for 219 yards on 53 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Willis has thrown for 1,395 yards on 119-of-208 passing, accounting for nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's been sacked 13 times.
Speedy wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders leads SMU with 38 catches for 440 yards and two touchdowns, and Zack Sledge has 24 catches for 361 yards and leads the team with three touchdown on 24 receptions.
Defensively, the Mustangs have given up an average of 484.2 yards of total offense per
game, 166.8 yards on the ground and 317.3 yards through the air. On the ground, opponents have averaged 4.7 yards per carry against the SMU 'D' this season.
Sophomore strong safety Bryce Hudman leads the team with 59 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Defensive back David Haynes follows with 49 tackles, and linebacker Will Bonilla adds 40 tackles.
Haynes and defensive back Bryan McCann have each intercepted two passes to lead the Ponies.
Senior defensive end Cory Muse leads the Mustangs with five and a half tackles for loss,
including five sacks. As a team, SMU has recorded 10 sacks.
For Tulane to win the game and break that three game losing streak, the defense will have
to control quarterback Willis. The redshirt sophomore has acounted for 1,763 of SMU's
2,366 yards of total offense and accounted for 9 of their 16 touchdowns.