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.
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