Dummies’ Guide: Tulane Football vs. UCF

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Senior quarterback Nick Montana addresses the huddle in the 20-13 loss Oct. 18 to Central Florida. The Green Wave next play the UCF Saturday at Yulman Stadium. 

Andrew Lemoine, Staff Reporter

  1. Tulane Football (1-2, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) hopes to move to 2-2, 1-0 in this season’s conference opener at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday vs. Central Florida at Yulman Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNews.

  2. UCF is 0-4 on the year, having played Florida International, Stanford, Furman and South Carolina.

  3. Last season, the Wave lost to UCF 20-13 in Orlando Florida.

  4. Tulane looks for its first consecutive win since October 2013. 

  5. This season, the Knights have outscored their opponents 40-28 in the first half of games. However, they have been outscored 65-10 in the second half.

  6. UCF has given up 270 yards or more to opposing teams in every game this season, while averaging 243 yards per game on offense. 

  7. Tulane has given up an average of 465 yards to opposing teams, and has averaged a total of 338 yards of offense per game.
  8. Wave junior linebacker Nico Marley ranks No. 5 in the nation in solo tackles with 23. Marley will be a key cog in stopping an already thin Knight offense.

  9. Tulane junior wide-receiver Devon Breaux ranks No 15. in the nation in yards per reception, with 22.38 yards. Tulane’s passing game will be crucial for the Wave, as UCF has allowed opposing teams an average of 132 yards per game on the ground, compared to allowing 255 in the air.

  10. Senior punter Logan Hilton ranks No. 3 in the nation in average yards per punt. Hilton had one punt for 52 yards vs. Maine.

  11. The two-headed monster of running backs Sherman Badie and Dontrell Hilliard accounted for 341 of Tulane’s 497 yards vs Maine. Look for the duo to make a big splash in rushing and receiving vs. the Knights.

  12. After the Knights’ 0-4 start, a local Orlando Bar, The Basement, has announced it will give away free beer during UCF games until the Knights win. Look for many UCF fans to be rooting for Tulane on Saturday.

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