Tulane defense needs to step up against Temple

Tulane has allowed an excessive amount of yards during its three-game losing streak.The total in that stretch is 1,746 yards.The Green Wave (2-4, 0-4 American Athletic Conference) hope to reduce that rate of opponent production when they host Temple (1-2, 1-2) in an AAC battle on Saturday.Tulane allowed 689 total yards in a 51-34 loss at UCF last week.”We get in the film room and learn from our previous game every week,” Green Wave defensive end Cameron Sample said. “We are getting better as a team. That’s the one thing we’re focused on right now — going into the film room and fixing our mistakes.”The Green Wave have hurt themselves with both mental and physical breakdowns while allowing a series of big plays during the losing streak.”Offenses are hard to just shut down like you did 20 years ago,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. “It’s totally different. It’s hard to shut anybody out nowadays, and when you’re not assignment-sound, it makes it very difficult.”The Green Wave have an experienced defense that was expected to be one of the team’s strengths this season as Tulane seeks an unprecedented third straight bowl trip.”We’re a senior-led team,” Sample said. “I feel like we’ve got the right guys as seniors and leaders on this team, and it starts with Coach Fritz’s mindset. We’ll get ready going forward for these (remaining) games.”The Green Wave do have a lot of seniors, but their quarterback is a freshman, Michael Pratt, who will make his fourth start on Saturday. Pratt threw three touchdown passes against UCF.”When we protect,” Fritz said, “he’s a pretty darn good, accurate quarterback.”Temple’s Anthony Russo has been a pretty good quarterback, too.

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