October 12, 2007

Tulane is in need of a win

Tulane will try and notch their first win of the season against a Division I-A opponent Saturday when they take on the UAB Blazers at Legion Field in Birmingham. Both teams are 1-4 on the season.

Tulane will more than likely use the services of senior running back Matt Forte early and often in the game as the Blazers Defense ranks 11th against the rush in Conference USA.

Forte is carrying the ball an average of 23 times per game and that number could be a lot higher this week especially if the game is close. Forte is also the Wave's leading receiver with 17 receptions for 146-yards.

Tulane will once again go with Anthony Scelfo at quarterback. Scelfo has completed 36-of67 pass attempts for 346-yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Although his club is 1-4, Tulane coach Bob Toledo is optimistic about his team getting on the winning track.

"I think the guys are upbeat because they know they've still got a chance. I talked to them about Rice. Rice was 1-4 last year and they went to a bowl game. So there's a lot of football still to be played," said Toledo.

"Yes, we're disappointed, but we're not discouraged. They're working extremely hard and they're angry. Sometimes it's a good thing to be angry."

The Blazers are somewhat of a mirror image of the Wave with a 1-4 mark and their lone win has also come against a Division I-AA team in Alcorn State back in week three of the season.

Tulane holds a 3-2 edge against the Blazers and will look to spoil UAB's Homecoming this Saturday night in Birmingham. UAB is allowing 31.4 points per game and their defense gives up an average of 465-yards per game as well.

Tulane's defense is led by Evan Lee and Joe Goosby. Lee leads the Wave with 49 total tackles while Goosby has recorded forty tackles for the Wave this season. Tulane is allowing 30.6 points per game an nearly 400-yards of total offense each week.

Toledo says this is a huge game for both teams and a must win in order to keep their season alive.

"This is a big game. It's back in the league and we can't afford to lose another league game. We've got to win and start this week and get on a winning streak."

Tulane came close last week to picking up their first road win in over a year but fell to Army in overtime 20-17. Tulane has four more games on the road including this weeks match-up with UAB and they must find a way to win some games away from home.

"It's tough to go on the road, particularly when you have a bunch of young people. Everything is different on the road. Every venue is different, and you have to be mature enough to handle it. I think having gone on the road last week, that'll help us toward a league game this week," said Toledo.

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