Temple 10, Tulane 3: Three and out _lowres

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR --Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11) gets rid of the ball as Tulane linebacker Matthew Bailey (45) closes in on him during the second quarter Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.


If your record says what you are, then Tulane was exactly what most observers predicted it would be — a team with too many gaps to fill from the previous year to earn a repeat bowl trip against a decidedly upgraded schedule. Those gaps continued through Saturday as humdrum quarterbacking, the lack of a pass rush and inadequacies on special teams added up to lackluster performance in a winnable game.


Tulane failing on third down. The Green Wave was 1 of 14 — that’s 1 of 14 until Lazedrick Thompson’s 48-yard run with 1:59 left. Unbelievably, that other one came on the team’s opening series when Tanner Lee hit Devon Breaux for 15-yard gain on third-and-11 from the Wave 24. After that, it was nine incompletions, two completed passes short of a first down, one run short of a first and one interception — plus the incompletion on the last series which was actually goal-to-go. Not a way to win football games.


The best thing you can say about the Wave’s final game was that they kept most of the fans who turned out at Yulman Stadium in their seats until the final minute. At the Superdome, there wouldn’t have been that many who showed up to begin with. This was not the kind of performance the team needed going into the offseason, especially on the offensive side. There’s a lot of work to do if this program is going to ever get out of the doldrums.