After getting beaten 65-10 by Georgia Tech in its first road game, Tulane continued to come up empty outside of Louisiana in its 49-10 loss to Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Green Wave dropped to 1-15 when leaving the state under fourth-year coach Curtis Johnson, and seven of those defeats have come by more than three touchdowns.
More negative nuggets from a rough day:
Only the Georgia Tech road result was more lopsided in Johnson’s tenure. This time, Tulane actually led Temple 10-7 with 10:00 left in the second quarter before imploding in a sea of penalties, turnovers and defensive lapses.
Temple’s margin of victory was its largest against an FBS opponent since a 42-0 defeat of Ball State in 2011. It also was the Owls’ most lopsided win against an FBS team outside of the Mid-American Conference since 2001, when it beat Connecticut 56-0 in the Huskies’ second year up from 1-AA.
Tulane’s 110 yards was its lowest output under Johnson, going under the previous mark of 123 at Rice in 2013. The Wave had 102 penalty yards and more penalties (nine) than first downs (eight).
Tulane trailed 21-10 in the third quarter when running back Sherman Badie got thrown out of bounds at the end of a 7-yard gain on second-and-12 from the Wave 18, drawing a flag.
But instead of a 15-yard penalty against Temple for a late hit, the call went against Badie for a personal foul. The explanation: he continued to run after he went out of bounds while being engaged.
“The official said he never stopped,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what you tell a kid running out of bounds. I don’t even know if Sherman knew he was out of bounds. He was trying to pick up the first down. The other kid (tackler) didn’t stop either.”
The officials made the situation even more confusing by saying Badie had picked up a first down before the penalty when he was 5 yards short, and an initial replay booth review even confirmed that erroneous decision before a second review made it third-and-17 at the Tulane 13.
The Wave punted one play later, Temple scored a touchdown and the rout was on.
“It’s easier said than done (to let the call go),” wideout Teddy Veal said. “When you’re out there on the field and the momentum is going away, everybody has to contribute and stay on board and just keep at them no matter what the score is.”
Strange call II
Tulane missed an excellent chance to go ahead 7-0 on its opening possession after recovering a fumble at the Temple 29.
The Wave had a second-and-goal at the 2 when it tried some deception. Veal lined up right, then went in motion left into the backfield before reversing course at the snap and running right. Lee then threw a backward pass behind him, forcing him to chase it down and fall on it for a 10-yard loss.
Tulane settled for a 27-yard field goal, but Veal said the botched play had no lasting effect.
“We prefer to score six points,” he said. “But anytime you can put numbers on the board, that’s a plus for us.”
True freshman safety Roderic Teamer, making his first career start, forced a fumble that Tulane recovered on Temple’s third offensive play. ... Redshirt freshman Donnie Lewis started at cornerback for the injured Richard Allen (sprained ankle). ... Freshman Zach Block averaged 36.5 yards with a long of 48 on eight punts in his first game, but his fumble in the second quarter was costly. ... Running back Lazedrick Thompson (sprained ankle) did not play. ... The teams combined for 11 fumbles. Tulane retained all five of its miscues while recovering two of Temple’s six.