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TU football is down - but insist they're not out

TU quarterback Luke Skipper running for a touchdown against Tulane on October 7.

The Golden Hurricane defense couldn't get off the field against Tulane on Saturday, as the Green Wave scored on all seven first-half possessions. In fact, during their current four-game slide, the TU defense has given up a staggering 2,289 yards. Do the math - that's an average of 572 yards surrendered per game.

"We've got to play better, we've got to tackle better," TU head coach Philip Montgomery says. "We've got to take better pursuit angles and limit some plays that maybe should have been a three or four yard gain, ending up as an eight or nine yard gain because we didn't take the right angles or we didn't run our feet or we didn't trigger when we're supposed to and fill a gap."

To reach six wins, which guarantees a bowl game bid, TU will have to reel off wins five of its remaining six games. A tall task, sure - but not a task that has Monty's team discouraged. There's a certain make-up to this team that's keeping them from throwing in the towel.

"The leadership we have on the team, the senior leadership and also some juniors that we have," Willie Wright says. "Just staying together as a family."

"That's the way we're built - that's what we're going to do," Montgomery added. "We're tight as a family, we don't have any bickering in our locker room, we don't have guys pointing fingers. We have guys wanting to win, wanting to fight and turn this ship around."

"There better not be anybody giving up," senior Jesse Brubaker remarked. "Don't let me see it. I'm going to be the last guy to give up. I'm going to fight all 12 games and see what the outcome is."

"You can't let outside forces, or negative talk by anybody else affect your mentality of how you're going to approach a game, how you're going to approach each other, and what we do on the field and off."

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