Football looks forward, looks to Nicholls State


Courtesy of Tulane Athletics

After a thrilling but ultimately disappointing opening game this past Thursday, Tulane football will take on the Nicholls State Colonels on Sept. 8, looking to make a comeback and avoid the Green Wave’s first 0-2 start since the 2015 season.

While the 23-17 loss in overtime to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons was quite hard to stomach, Tulane showed promise for the coming season. The Green Wave defense forced three Wake Forest turnovers and was able to hold the Deacons to a mere seven points in the first half. From an offensive perspective, both of the Wave’s touchdowns resulted from passes of over 50 yards.

Win or loss aside, numerous Tulane players were unafraid to step up and make big plays against the Deacons. Redshirt senior Terren Encalade caught both touchdown passes for Tulane, finishing the game with a career-high 189 yards receiving. Junior P.J. Hall lead the Green Wave defensively with a career-high 11 tackles. Yet another career best came from junior kicker Merek Glover, who knocked through the game-tying 39-yard field goal to force overtime with 3:27 left in the game.

Nicholls State will be attempting to build on their momentum Saturday after upsetting the Kansas University Jayhawks 26-23, one of the biggest wins in program history.

The Colonels were able to pull ahead after forcing overtime with a 43-yard field goal. Overall, Nicholls State allowed 23 points and only 255 yards. Quarterback Chase Fourcade completed 50 percent of his passes for 142 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

As a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school, Tulane will pose a challenge to Nicholls State, especially considering the Green Wave’s impressive showing in the season opener. The Colonels defeat of FBS-member Kansas, however, proves they are a formidable opponent.

The game will take place at Benson Field in Yulman Stadium. Tulane has split its last six home games, while the Colonels have won four of their last five on the road. 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Courtesy of Tulane Athletics
Courtesy of Tulane Athletics