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Tulane Green Wave running back Dontrell Hilliard (26) goes up the middle for 23 yards and a touchdown against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.

ADVOCATE PHOTO BY A.J. SISCO

Perhaps Willie Fritz should schedule every game for a 10 a.m. kickoff.

He had never coached in a game with such an early start.   

Well, actually this one - career win No. 200 for Fritz - wasn't much of a game.

It looked more like a scrimmage: varsity (the guys wearing the green jerseys) vs. junior varsity.

The team playing the role of JV, Tulsa, appeared to still be hitting the snooze button by the time the Yulman Stadium scoreboard hit all zeroes in Tulane's 62-28 shellacking.

Hopefully Tulane sports information director Scottie Rodgers drank plenty of coffee Saturday morning, because boy was he busy digging through the record books on this morning.

How dominant was the Wave?

Entering the game, the most points Tulane had ever scored in an American Athletic Conference game was 45 against UCF in 2015. Tulane eclipsed that in the first half, building a 48-7 halftime lead. It was the second-most points Tulane ever has scored in a conference game, going back to Conference USA days.

Tulane's first-half numbers (435 yards, 21 first downs) were good enough for an entire game. 

Mike Dunleavy's Tulane basketball team scored 81 and 82 points in its two games against Tulsa this past season.

Fritz's football team was on pace to surpass that at halftime. They ended up finishing with 653 yards of offense. 

The game took 2 hours and 50 minutes to play, but it was over way before that.

Running back Dontrell Hilliard rushed for a career-high 175 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 43-yarder in the third quarter during which the press box announcer accidentally called him Dalton Hilliard.

Who could blame the announcer for that mistake after watching such a stellar effort over an over-matched team?

In the parlance of hurricanes, which is why this game was rescheduled form 3 p.m. to 10 a.m., the Golden Hurricane was a Category Zero.

You had to scratch your head and wonder how Tulsa got its one win this season, a 66-42 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Wave flipped the script from last season, when it fell 50-27 to this same Tulsa team, which looked every bit the part of a team ranked near the bottom nationally in several defensive categories.

Maybe this about-face is what we should come to expect in Fritz's second season.

Year 2 is always when Fritz does his best work.

In his stints at Blinn College, Central Missouri and Sam Houston State, his teams have won three more games in his second season than they did in his first.

Tulane won four games last season.

It has won three of its first five and is midway to becoming bowl eligible.

Tulane continues to do things the Fritz way.  They didn't commit any turnovers Saturday as Fritz got a milestone win.

His players had no idea Fritz was approaching win No. 200 until they saw it on the scoreboard after the game and then on a banner in the locker room.

 Fitz put the milestone in perspective afterwards.  

"I still have 360 more to go to catch J.T. Curtis, "Fritz said, referring to the legendary New Orleans high school coach who has the second most wins in high school history.

Fritz was joking.

"We're just looking to 201," he said, referring to the next game against FIU.

That will be played on Saturday in Miami.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

With a performance like Saturday, Fritz probably wouldn't mind a few more early wake-up calls.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.