The Tulane campus was alive in a way it hadn’t been in 40 years. Inside Yulman Stadium, the college football atmosphere — which just couldn’t be duplicated in the Superdome by the Green Wave in recent years — was as palatable as the humidity. There were some glitches at the gates where people tried to enter, and the 90-degree heat kept more fans in the suites and then in the eastside stands. Yes, Tulane lost the game. But overall, it was a big, big win.


Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee, so impressive in his college debut last week against Tulsa (22-42-1, 220 yards) wasn’t able to follow up on it Saturday. Lee did complete 13 of 24 attempts for 173 yards, but he was also intercepted three times, including one at the Georgia Tech 24 on the Wave’s opening possession of the second half that denied Tulane a chance to go ahead or at least tie it up. Lee played one more series before sitting out the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.


Option teams are hard to stop. Georgia Tech’s time of possession wasn’t that dominant (32:55-27:05), ran only five more plays than Tulane (65-60), and the yardage difference was only 32 yards (359-327). But the Yellow Jackets also converted on 10 of 12 third-down situations to keep drives alive, none more costly than quarterback Justin Thomas scrambled for 17 yards on third-and-13 from the Tulane 38 in the third quarter. The Jackets went on to score to go up 31-21, and the Wave never recovered.