Photos: Tulane host Connecticut _lowres

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Tulane safety Brandon LeBeau chases down Connecticut wide receiver Deshon Foxx at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.


A year ago, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson gave his team the week off during its open date. Not this time. Johnson and his staff put the players through tough drills — including making them run one day for a messy dressing room and also did a good job of self-study at what was causing so many mistakes in all facets of the game. Johnson is still in the learning stage as a head coach, but this was a step forward.


The Tulane defense. The Wave allowed three straight third-down conversions to start the game, but only two of nine after that and blanked the Huskies after their opening-drive field goal. Brandon LeBeau, Darion Monroe (two fumble recoveries), Royce LaFrance (two sacks, one for a safety) and several others contributed. UConn penetrated the Tulane 20 only once, that on its final possession which ended with a missed field goal.


Don’t start booking your bowl trip yet, Green Wave fans. This team has six very rugged games left, starting next week at reigning AAC champion Central Florida. But a group with a narrow margin for error showed that it can play without beating itself. A loss Saturday would have taken the bloom off the opening of Yulman Stadium and raised serious questions about Johnson’s ability to prepare his team. That’s now been at least postponed.