Preview: Tulane at Connecticut

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut


The season can't come to a close soon enough for Connecticut, which rides a five-game losing streak and hasn't scored a touchdown in the last 10 quarters. The Huskies, the lowest-scoring team in the FBS, look to salvage something positive when they host Tulane in the season finale for both teams Saturday.

UConn gave quarterback Donovan Williams his second straight start last week at Boston College but the freshman threw three interceptions and the Huskies were limited to 121 yards of offense in the 30-0 whitewashing. "It's hard to win and when you don't have production on one side of the ball it becomes impossible," UConn coach Bob Diaco told reporters after the game. "It'll be fixed." While the Huskies struggle, Tulane remains winless in the American Athletic Conference and is nearly as bad offensively. The Green Wave are winless since beating Massachusetts 31-24 on Oct. 1 and had to rally from a two-touchdown deficit to do so.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPN News. LINE: Pick

ABOUT TULANE (3-8, 0-7 AAC): Tulane is solid defensively for the most part, but even that unit let the Wave down against Temple as the Owls went on touchdown drives of 75, 78 and 84 yards in the second half of last week's 31-0 shellacking. The week before, Tulane moved the ball well against rugged Houston, passing for 241 passing yards on 42 attempts, but the inconsistency struck again as Glen Cuiellette was 3-for-12 passing for 17 yards against Temple. Dontrell Hilliard leads the Green Wave with 759 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns.

ABOUT UCONN (3-8, 1-6): The Huskies average 15 points and were outscored 92-3 in their last three outings. Last week, UConn recorded minus-6 yards on 17 attempts and gone 42 drives without a touchdown. The Huskies' lone offensive bright spot is wide receiver Noel Thomas, who boasts a program-record 91 receptions on the season, but recorded only eight catches for 61 yards in the past two games with Williams at quarterback.

EXTRA POINTS

1. UConn won last year at Tulane 7-3 and the Green Wave prevailed in Connecticut 12-3 in 2014.

2. The Green Wave average 225.6 yards on the ground this season (25th in the nation), but is 111th among the 128 FBS teams in scoring (22.8 points).

3. Tulane is third in the AAC in total defense at 369.6 yards per contest.

PREDICTION: UConn 20, Tulane 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Tulane 3-8 L6 22.8 29.0 2-4 1-4 0-1 0-1 0-7
Connecticut 3-8 L5 15.0 27.2 3-3 0-5 3-5 0-1 1-6

Last Meeting

Tulane Connecticut
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/7/15 CONN 7 TULN 3 140 34 106 227 146 81

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TULN T. Lee 32.5 106 0 1
CONN B. Shirreffs 42.1 81 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TULN D. Hilliard 8 35 4.4 0
CONN B. Shirreffs 16 79 4.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TULN T. Scott 2 38 19.0 0
CONN A. Newsome 2 31 15.5 0
TDs Player TD
TULN R. Allen 0
CONN J. Summers 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TULN G. Cuiellette 41.3 1143 10 7
CONN B. Shirreffs 58.7 2010 7 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TULN D. Hilliard 135 759 5.6 9
CONN A. Newsome 132 549 4.2 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TULN T. Encalade 34 443 13.0 6
CONN N. Thomas 91 1119 12.3 3
TDs Player TD
TULN D. Hilliard 9
CONN A. Newsome 5

Quickchart Matchup

Tulane Off vs  Connecticut Def
334.2 yards
409.8 yards
4.6 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
5 yards/attempt
7.6 yards/attempt
Connecticut Off vs  Tulane Def
321.1 yards
369.6 yards
3.1 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
6.6 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tulane Overall Connecticut
3-8-0 W/L 3-8-0
5-5-1 ATS 2-8-1
5-6-0 O/U 4-7-0
22.8 Pts For 15.0
29.0 Pts Against 27.2
Tulane A/H Connecticut
1-4 W/L 3-3
3-2-0 ATS 1-4-1
2-3-0 O/U 1-5-0
17.0 Pts For 16.2
29.6 Pts Against 19.3