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Tulane linebacker Nico Marley, center, celebrates a forced fumble in the first half. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane linebacker Nico Marley, center, celebrates a forced fumble in the first half. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane defeated Southern University in their home-opener 66-21 on Saturday, September 10. The game was also the home debut of new head coach Willie Fritz. The Green Wave got off to a fast start, forcing three turnovers in the first quarter. All three turnovers resulted in touchdowns. Defense and special teams played a huge role in the victory. Perry Nickerson returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. Sherman Badie returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Tulane’s running game also carried the game, rushing for seven touchdowns. They relied heavily on spread-option plays, utilizing the athleticism of the quarterbacks and the running backs. Tulane takes on Navy next week at Yulman Stadium.

Trevarius Hopkins and La'travion Jackson celebrate a Tulane touchdown in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trevarius Hopkins and La’travion Jackson celebrate a Tulane touchdown in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane quarterback Johnathon Brantley hurdles a Southern defender on a lengthy run in the second quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane quarterback Johnathon Brantley hurdles a Southern defender on a lengthy run in the second quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie returns a kick 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie returns a kick 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane defensive back Perry Nickerson returns and interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against Southern university. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane defensive back Perry Nickerson returns and interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against Southern university. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie gets a toss from quarterback Glen Cuiellette on a read option play. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie gets a toss from quarterback Glen Cuiellette on a read option play. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Dontrell Hilliard celebrates Tulane's first touchdown in the first quarter against Southern University. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Dontrell Hilliard celebrates Tulane’s first touchdown in the first quarter against Southern University. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane defensive back, up ends Southern running back Leonard Tillery during a run in the first quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane defensive back, up ends Southern running back Leonard Tillery during a run in the first quarter. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Senior defensive back Richard Allen strips the ball from Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn, forcing a touchback and a turnover. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Senior defensive back Richard Allen strips the ball from Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn, forcing a touchback and a turnover. Tulane defeated Southern University 66 to 21 at their home opener at Yulman Stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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