Tulane offense remains missing in action as Wave falls 7-3 to Connecticut on homecoming _lowres

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Tulane wide receiver Devon Breaux makes a 13-yard gain before being tackled by Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu at Yulman Stadium on Saturday.

Tanner Lee blamed himself for plenty that went wrong with the Tulane offense in its 7-3 loss to Connecticut on Saturday at Yulman Stadium.

Two issues he did not use as an excuse were the constant rain and the injured finger on his throwing hand.

“The weather was just an obstacle that we had to overcome, and both teams had to go through it,” he said. “We didn’t make enough plays. The finger goes numb, and it didn’t really affect me. I wasn’t thinking about it once I got out there.”

For the sixth time in his Tulane career, Lee threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Late in the first quarter, he had a miscommunication with freshman wide receiver Rickey Preston and lofted the ball right to UConn safety Jamar Summers, who returned it 67 yards for a score.

Lee tossed four pick-sixes last year, with one against Georgia Tech, one against Duke and two against Memphis. He threw his fifth against Temple earlier this season.

Four of them have come at Yulman Stadium.

Lee has thrown 20 interceptions overall.

Katrina memory

Tulane recognized its entire Katrina class of 308 athletes during the UConn game.

In a ceremony Friday night, everyone who was on one of the Wave’s teams in 2005-06 was inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame. Despite a downpour, they walked from one end zone to the other at the end of the first quarter.

Block time

Usually the victim on big special teams plays, Tulane turned it around in the third quarter against UConn when Parry Nickerson blocked a 34-yard field-goal attempt.

It was the first block for Tulane since Derrick Strozier blocked a field-goal attempt by Rice at the end of the 2013 regular season. Strozier also returned a blocked field goal by teammate Darion Monroe for a touchdown against North Texas that year.

UConn kicker Bobby Puyol had converted 12 of 13 field goals before Nickerson rushed from the left side, laid out and rejected it.

Honor for Jones

Former Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones, recently selected for the 2016 induction class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, was recognized Saturday in a “Celebrating Our Legends” ceremony.

Jones was Tulane’s baseball coach for 21 years and guided the Wave to 12 NCAA tournament berths, including the only two College World Series appearances in school history.

Next summer, Jones will become Tulane’s 25th member of the state Hall of Fame.


Tulane sophomore receiver Terren Encalade had surgery on his injured shoulder and will miss the rest of the year. He has not played since the second game of the year. He had four receptions for 44 yards. ... Tulane and UConn have combined for 25 points in two games at Yulman Stadium the last two years. The Wave won 12-3 last season. ... Coach Curtis Johnson said he had to remove running back Lazedrick Thompson because he was not healthy enough. Thompson, who missed the last four games with a ankle sprain, carried twice for minus-4 yards.