NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Tulane fell behind early at UMass by two touchdowns, now usually that equals a Green Wave loss in the past, but things are a changing in the Willie Fritz era. The Wave stormed back with 24 unanswered points, winning 34-27, and matching their win total of last season in only five games.
"You got sixty minutes to play. You just got to keep going. As you said, chip away at it," said Tulane head coach Willie Fritz. "Made some adjustments, got better, then fumbled the kick return that you just can't have. That put us down 14-0. The guys kept fighting, getting the game closer. We started getting confidence on defense, getting stops, doing some things offensively. Really with the amount of time we had the football, we should've won by 3-4 touchdowns."
"I feel we're much more focused this year. We have a lot of experience in the right places. We have experience on the line, and on defense. I feel like everyone is buying in to what Coach Fritz is saying," said quarterback Glen Cuiellette.
Tulane may have matched their win total from last season, but Vegas still doesn't respect the Wave. They're 13.5-point underdogs at Central Florida.
"People aren't going to respect you until you rack up a lot of wins. I'm not too surprised about that. I feel they should respect us, because we've shown them that we can compete now. We just got to keep proving it every week," said Cuiellette.