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Connecticut Huskies vs. Tulane Green Wave Preview and Predictions 10-12-2019


Tulane believes it can compete for an American Athletic Conference title this season and is ticking off big victories early in the season. The Green Wave will try not to get sidetracked when they host a rebuilding opponent in last-place Connecticut on Saturday.

Tulane notched a signature win when it knocked off Houston 38-31 on the final play of regulation on Sept. 19 and finished off non-conference play last week by ending Army's 15-game home winning streak with a 42-33 triumph. "We're trying to win a championship here," Green Wave defensive end Patrick Johnson, who recorded a sack and two tackles for loss against Army, told Nola.com. "It's not talking about a bowl game or anything like that. We're busting our butts every single day and it's showing." Tulane still has games at Memphis (Oct. 19) and home against Central Florida (Nov. 23) before finishing the regular season at SMU (Nov. 30) and will be trying not to overlook the Huskies, who last won a conference game on Oct. 21, 2017. "Your record is what it is," UConn coach Randy Edsall told reporters. "You are what you are, and we're a 1-4 team. We're not good from a record standpoint. But to me, there are guys making improvement. And as long as we can continue making improvement, that's all you can ask for. And then you want the wins to come."

TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Tulane -34

ABOUT CONNECTICUT (1-4, 0-2 AAC): The Huskies went 1-11 last season (0-8 in AAC play) and are winless in their last four in 2019 after struggling to a 24-21 victory over FCS foe Wagner in the season opener. UConn allowed a total of 104 points in losses to UCF and South Florida to begin conference play and ranks 122nd in FBS in scoring defense (38.8 points) while allowing opponents to rush for an average of 190.8 yards. "We realize that this is not the direction that we want to go in, especially after what happened last year," defensive end Lwal Uguak told the Hartford Courant. "And knowing how good we are compared to last year, this is something that can't be happening."

ABOUT TULANE (4-1, 1-0): Taking aim at that suspect rushing defense will be a Green Wave backfield that boasts six players with over 100 yards on the season. Tulane ran for 324 yards at Army last week and six different rushers recorded at least five carries while five found the end zone. "There are about four or five guys we'd like to have touch it 10 to 15 times and some other guys five to 10," Tulane coach Willie Fritz told reporters. "All of a sudden, you're doing the math and you're up to 120. You have to have unselfish dudes, and when they get opportunities, they have to take advantage of it. It usually evens out during the course of a whole season."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tulane is off to its best five-game start since going undefeated in 1998.

2. UConn RB Kevin Mensah (2,004 rushing yards) became the ninth player in program history to reach 2,000 last week.

3. The Green Wave own a 2-1 lead in the series, most recently earning a 38-13 victory at the Huskies in 2016.

Prediction

Free Daily Lock Pick: NFL: New England vs. NY Jets - October 21st - (100% Confidence Release)

Stadium

Yulman Stadium
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Capacity: 30,000

Last Injuries

Tulane Green Wave

  • Darius Bradwell

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bradwell is dealing with an unspecified injury and did not play in the previous game. It has yet to be established if he will be available Oct. 26 versus Navy.

  • Corey Dauphine

    Wrist
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dauphine left the last game with a wrist injury, and it is unknown if he will line up versus Navy on Oct. 26.

  • Jeffery Johnson

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Johnson has missed the previous two games due to a leg injury, and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup Saturday against Memphis.

Connecticut Huskies

  • Donovan Williams

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams has been sidelined due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown when he will return to the field.

  • Jay Rose

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rose has an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available Saturday versus UMass.

  • D.J. Morgan

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Morgan missed the last game with a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will play Oct. 26 against UMass.

  • Mike Beaudry

    Arm
    day-to-day | questionable

    Beaudry missed the last game due to an arm injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against UMass on Oct. 26.

  • Jay Rose

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rose missed the last game due to an upper-body injury. It has yet to be determined if he will line up against Houston on Saturday.

connecticut-huskies-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Mike Beaudry 1 0 120.343 0 21 14 1 0 0 0 158
Jack Zergiotis 2 0 101.119 0 59 35 3 0 0 0 365
Steven Krajewski 1 0 66.800 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kevin Mensah 3 0 205 0 60 2
Art Thompkins 3 0 125 0 32 1
Cameron Ross 2 0 7 0 1 0
Mike Beaudry 1 0 1 0 5 1
Jack Zergiotis 2 0 -41 0 11 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Cameron Ross 2 0 115 0 7 0 0
Ardell Brown 2 0 85 0 8 0 0
Matt Drayton 3 0 78 0 7 0 0
Jay Rose 2 0 59 0 7 0 0
Art Thompkins 3 0 51 0 9 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Diamond Harrell 3 0 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevon Jones 3 0 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Morgan 3 0 7 14 1 1 0 0 1 2 8 4
Omar Fortt 3 0 7 14 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Tyler Coyle 3 0 7 9 1 0 1 52 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Clayton Harris 3 0 5 6 41 5 5
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Art Thompkins 3 0 2 0 20 28
Donovan Williams 2 0 1 0 14 14
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Art Thompkins 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jack Zergiotis 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kevin Mensah 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Art Thompkins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kevin Mensah 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Luke Magliozzi 3 0 0 647 0 54 15 0 0
Mike Beaudry 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Quayvon Skanes 2 0 4 0 19 43