Associated Press/The Daily Reflector photo by SCOTT DAVIS -- East Carolina's Dayon Pratt, left, brings down Tulane's Leondre James during Saturday's game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C.


Tulane remained incapable of putting up enough points to hang with a good team. East Carolina, coming off a 54-46 loss to Cincinnati, limited the Green Wave to two field goals and one trip into the red zone. It was the seventh time in eight games Tulane scored 14 or fewer points. It wasn’t even a fair fight with running back Lazedrick Thompson (ankle) unavailable and running back Sherman Badie (ankle) less than 100-percent healthy. The run game produced a paltry 24 yards on 27 attempts while Tanner Lee and a gaggle of freshman receivers could not make enough plays.


Tulane’s defense is legit. Despite failing to force a turnover for the first time all year, the Green Wave limited East Carolina’s high-powered attack to 20 points until midway through the fourth quarter. That’s hard to do with little help from an anemic offense. Safety Sam Scofield made a season-high 17 tackles, including a fourth-and-goal stop when the Wave trailed 10-3 late in the first half. He won’t be back next year, but nine other starters will, so the Wave is right where it wants to be on defense.


Even with the running back injuries, the run-pass ratio was out of whack in the first half. Respecting East Carolina’s AAC-leading run defense, the Wave came out throwing in the first quarter and was one-dimensional almost all the way. Eighteen of Tulane’s first 30 plays were passes, and Lee and his young receivers are not ready for that kind of load. While Lee went 25 of 43 for 301 yards, Tulane rarely threatened. Mercifully, the Wave has only one game left — a Dec. 6 home date with Temple.