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Tulane Green Wave quarterback Jonathan Banks (1) scrambles out of the pocket against the /Grambling State Tigers at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Advocate photo by A.J. SISCO

If things had gone the way Jonathan Banks had originally planned, he would have been suiting up for Kansas State on Saturday night in the Wildcats rout of Central Arkansas.

Fortunately for Tulane, Banks is now in uptown New Orleans.

It was just one game (and it was just FCS opponent Grambling), but Banks showed in his Tulane debut that he may just be the man to help turn things around at Tulane.

The old Mystikal song "Here I Go" blared through the stadium after every touchdown, and in a way, that was the statement Banks made in his first game with the Wave.

"Here I go."

Banks did it through the air and on the ground in Tulane's 43-14 rout over the Tigers. His first run went for 21 yards. His first pass was a TD. 

No, this wasn't the 1998 version of Shaun King running the Wave offense Saturday night.

The Wave don't really need him to be, especially if the defense is going to keep playing as mad as the new Angry Wave logo on the Yulman Field turf this season.

They just need Banks to be proficient like he was on Saturday night, completing 10 of 15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and running for 84 yards and another touchdown.

He wasn't perfect, but he was close to it.

On one play in the second quarter, he overthrew Darnell Mooney on what could have been a long touchdown.

But he made up for it a play later, connecting with a short pass to Dontrell Hilliard who turned it into a 62-yard score that put Tulane up 24-0.

Not bad for a guy making his first start at a four-year school.

A year ago he was starting at Independence Community College in Kansas, where he threw for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 615 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games.

The year before that, he was at Kansas State but never touched the field after playing at Contra Costa College in Texas the year before that.

But now he has found a home after transferring to Tulane in January. He won the quarterback battle after impressing in the spring and during fall camp and showed no signs Saturday night of letting the position go.

This season opener featured a pair of quarterbacks, both wearing jersey No. 1, whose paths had traveled to their current school after playing at a Power 5 conference school.

Grambling's Devante Kincade, the SWAC's preseason player of the year, got his college start at Ole Miss before transferring to Grambling. Kincade led Grambling to 11 consecutive wins last season after dropping the season opener to Arizona. That streak included a 52-30 victory over Southern University in the Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tulane made sure Kincade's return to New Orleans wasn't as satisfying, wasting little time as Banks threw a 30-yard touchdown on Tulane's opening possession.

For Banks, the big night came on what has been a trying time back home.

Banks grew up in Humble, Texas, just 30 miles north of Houston, which was hit hard by the storms of Harvey.

Tulane paid its respects to Texas during pregame.

Backup quarterback Jonathan Brantley, a Houston native, carried a Texas flag onto the field when the Wave ran onto the field.

Then Tulane's new starting quarterback carried the Wave offense.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.