October 27, 2012
By the Numbers: Tulane 55, UAB 45
2: The number of Conference USA wins for Tulane, which improved to 2-2 in the league with its scoring fest against UAB. The last time the Green Wave was .500 in C-USA after four games was 2002, which also was the last time it played in a bowl game. Tulane finished 4-4 in the league that year.
3: The number of interceptions Tulane had, halting UAB drives in an otherwise defenseless game. Sam Scofield made a leaping interception in the first half, and true freshman cornerback Lorenzo Doss had two huge picks in the fourth quarter as the reeling defense held on. Doss correctly credited fellow true freshman CB Jordan Batiste for deflecting the first one to him, but the second one was simply an excellent read. Tulane is very young and has a ton of injuries on defense, but the future is bright with playmakers like Doss gaining experience.
4: The number of times Tulane has to win, with four games left, to reach a bowl this season. It may sound impossible, but the way quarterback Ryan Griffin is playing, the Wave can beat anyone it faces the rest of the way. Tulane will be favored over Rice next Saturday, and if it wins, likely will be favored at Memphis the following Saturday. East Carolina, the next opponent, just lost 56-28 at home to Navy, giving up 563 yards. Houston will be awfully tough to beat on the road in the season finale, but why not dream?
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