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Tulane at East Carolina
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina

Tulane needs to run the table to become bowl eligible and looks to snap a four-game losing streak when it visits East Carolina in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday. The Green Wave missed a late field goal last week, falling to Cincinnati 17-16.



Tulane's Jonathan Banks passed for 196 yards and rushed for 75 more, including a 53-yard scramble for a touchdown, but Merek Glover, who had already kicked field goals of 37, 19 and 26 yards, missed from 36 yards out with 1:20 to play against Cincinnati. "Offensively, we showed some flashes, but we just weren't consistent enough," Tulane coach Willie Fritz told reporters. "We had to settle for some field goals instead of touchdowns." East Carolina has won six of the last seven games in the series but saw its bowl hopes vanish last week with a 52-27 setback at Houston. Gardner Minshew set a conference single-game record for completions (52) for East Carolina.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Tulane -5

ABOUT TULANE (3-6, 1-4 AAC): The Green Wave defense hasn't recorded a sack in a month while surrendering an average of 489 yards during the four-game losing streak. Banks has improved recently, passing for 399 yards while connecting on 32-of-54 attempts with three touchdowns in the past two games. Tulane, however, still ranks 120th among the 129 FBS teams nationally in passing yards at 137.1 yards per game.
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (2-7, 1-4): Minshew came off the bench in relief of Thomas Sirk to also set school records for pass attempts (68) and completions (52) while throwing for 463 yards against the Cougars. Who gets the start Saturday is still up in the air according to coach Scottie Montgomery. "I thought two weeks ago against BYU (an ECU win), what we saw in Gardner is a much calmer quarterback than we did in the first couple of situations in the games that he was in, when he was a little bit more frantic in the pocket," Montgomery told reporters.


EXTRA POINTS
1. Tulane RB Dontrell Hilliard leads the team with nine touchdowns but hasn't scored in the past two games.
2. East Carolina WRs Trevon Brown and Quay Johnson combined for 25 receptions, 256 yards and three touchdowns last week.
3. The Pirates rank last in the nation by allowing 46.6 points per game.

PREDICTION: East Carolina 37, Tulane 34
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Tulane 3-6 L4 26.8 29.8 3-2 0-4 0-1 0-0 1-4
East Carolina 2-7 L1 23.8 46.6 1-4 1-3 2-5 0-1 1-4
Last Meeting
Tulane East Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/22/14 TULN 6 ECU 34 325 24 301 497 139 358
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tulane T. Lee 58.1 301 0 1
East Carolina S. Carden 70.5 358 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tulane S. Badie 7 25 3.6 0
East Carolina B. Allen 18 74 4.1 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tulane D. Butler 3 60 20.0 0
East Carolina C. Worthy 7 115 16.4 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Tulane R. Allen 0
East Carolina B. Allen 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tulane J. Banks 54.2 1122 9 2
East Carolina T. Sirk 55.7 1655 9 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tulane D. Hilliard 152 808 5.3 9
East Carolina H. Howe 52 216 4.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tulane T. Encalade 22 388 17.6 3
East Carolina D. Grayson 53 833 15.7 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Tulane D. Hilliard 11
East Carolina D. Grayson 6
Quickchart Matchup
Tulane Tulane Off vs  East Carolina East Carolina Def
Tulane 372.2 yards
East Carolina 566.1 yards
Tulane 4.9 yards/rush
East Carolina 5.6 yards/rush
Tulane 7.5 yards/attempt
East Carolina 10.6 yards/attempt
East Carolina East Carolina Off vs  Tulane Tulane Def
East Carolina 408.8 yards
Tulane 435.7 yards
East Carolina 3.1 yards/rush
Tulane 5.6 yards/rush
East Carolina 7.1 yards/attempt
Tulane 9.1 yards/attempt