Turnovers, penalties lead to 47-13 loss against Duke

Head coach Curtis Johnson announced the hiring of Carter Sheridan to serve as the new wide receivers coach and the promotion of Jason Rollins to co-defensive coordinator Tuesday. 

Jordan Figueredo, Contributing Reporter

Tulane football (1-3, 0-1 AAC) lost 47-13 against Duke (4-0) Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

The Wave trailed Duke 19-7 at the half, as Duke recorded 227 yards of offense, forced 2 Tulane turnovers and a safety.

The Green Wave never took the lead over Duke. The team committed 5 turnovers and 13 penalties in the loss. Duke converted the turnovers into 26 points to remain undefeated on the season.

Six different Duke players scored touchdowns, as the team continues its best start to a season in 20 years. Duke senior quarterback Anthony Boone completed 15 of his 27 passes for 181 yards and rushed 10 times for 42 yards. Boone was Duke’s only player with double-digit carries.

Lazedrick Thompson carried 19 times for a game high of 124 yards and a touchdown for the Green Wave.

“For us, I thought Lazedrick Thompson played a great game,” head coach Curtis Johnson said. “He did a very good job of running the football.”

Tulane’s offense struggled against Duke as game progressed. Redshirt quarterback Tanner Lee completed 14 of 35 passes for 160 yards and 3 interceptions.

The Green Wave’s special teams struggled mightily against the Blue Devils then entire day.

“On special teams, our deep snapper couldn’t perform so we had some miscues that we will address,” Coach Curtis Johnson said. “[Lee] needs to understand the structure of the defense better. We also can’t continue to put him in third-and-long situations that often. He made some great plays, but also threw a couple to the defense.”

Despite the erratic day for the offense, sophomore linebacker Nico Marley led Tulane with a career-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Senior safety Sam Scofield added 7 tackles, 1 interception and a fumble recovery.

Freshman running back Dontrell Hilliard notched his first career touchdown on a five-yard rush early in the first quarter to tie the game at 7.

Tulane next plays Rutgers Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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