Tulane treated Southeastern Louisiana even more rudely than most of the other lower-division opponents it had played.
The Green Wave improved to 12-0 all time against FCS opponents, beating the Lions 35-20 on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium. The 15-point margin was its most lopsided victory against Southeastern Louisiana.
The Wave beat the Lions 28-21 in 2005, 35-27 in 2007, 27-21 in 2010 and 47-33 in 2011.
This time, SLU arrived with a No. 3 ranking in the FCS after returning the nucleus of a team that reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last year.
No matter. This one was over by halftime, when Tulane led 28-3 after outgaining the Lions 214-84, enjoying a 130-48 edge in passing yards and a 16-5 advantage in first downs.
Tulane showed off a new look in its nickel package, thanks to the return of starting cornerback Taurean Nixon. Rather than putting junior Darion Monroe close to the line of scrimmage, as the Green Wave did in its season-opening loss at Tulsa, they used Nixon in that role.
It allowed Tulane to keep freshman cornerback Parry Nickerson on the field and Monroe further from the line of scrimmage, where earlier in the year he admitted to being more comfortable.
The move also allowed Tulane to maintain its depth at safety without Brandon LeBeau, who didn’t dress for the game, due to an unspecified injury.
BATISTE IS BACK
Former Tulane standout Jordan Batiste made is his presence felt quickly.
The cornerback — who led the Green Wave in sacks a year ago but transferred to SLU during the offseason — made the game’s opening tackle, dragging down running back Lazedrick Thompson on the opening play and hurrying Lee’s pass on an outside blitz a snap later.
Batiste also stopped running back Sherman Badie for a loss on third-and-1 in the third quarter, forcing a punt.
Tulane Athletic Hall of Famer Warren Perkins, who died Friday at 92, was remembered with a moment of silence before the game.
Perkins was a three-sport letterman at Tulane from 1946-49 and a two-time All-SEC basketball player. He played in the first NBA game for the Tri-City Blackhawks against the Denver Nuggets in 1949.
Perkins, who practiced podiatry in New Orleans for 50 years, is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame.
UNDER THE LIGHTS
Tulane’s last on-campus night game also was against an in-state opponent. The Wave defeated Louisiana-Lafayette — then known as Southwestern Louisiana — 17-16 on Sept. 14, 1974.
Tulane played its last three home games that year during the day, then moved to the Superdome in 1975. A handful of games the Wave played at Tad Gormley Stadium in the early 2000s were in daylight, too.
STRUGGLING AAC GETS WIN
The American Athletic Conference may have its signature victory of the season. East Carolina knocked off No. 17 Virginia Tech, 28-21, on the Hokies’ home filed in Blacksburg. Va.
It also was one of the only wins of the season for the league. Defending champion Central Florida fell to 0-2, and, unlike the Knights’ one-point loss to Penn State, this one was a 38-10 thumping at Missouri. South Florida lost at home to North Carolina State 49-17. Connecticut lost to Boise State 38-21, and Tulsa was routed by Florida Atlantic, 50-21.
Through three weeks of the season, the AAC is 3-17 against FBS opponents. In three matchups with Conference USA, Tulane’s old league, it has been outscored 131-34.
Tulane sophomore middle linebacker Edward Williams started for the first time in his career. Williams, the Wave’s highest-rated recruit in 2013, committed to Texas Tech but signed with Tulane because his parents refused to co-sign on his choice of Texas Tech. ... Tulane freshman kicker Andrew DiRocco missed a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter, his third miss from shorter than 35 yards this year.