seemed as if neither Tulane nor Tulsa wanted their first American Athletic Conference game to end as the two conference newcomers battled late into the night and the Golden Hurricane edged the Green Wave, 38-31 in double overtime on Thursday on Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Tulsa's (1-0, 1-0 AAC) Dane Evans found Conner Floyd from eight yards out in the first possession of the second overtime to give the Golden Hurricane its only lead of the game. Tulane (0-1, 0-1 AAC) was unable to find the end zone in the second extra period after the two teams traded field goals in the first overtime.
Redshirt freshmen Sherman Badie and Tanner Lee both shined in their Green Wave debuts. Badie came two-yards shy of breaking Tulane's single-game record for rushing yards by a freshman. The Metairie, La., native gained 215 yards on 15 carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run, while Lee tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 262 yards.
"I thought the young kids played well," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "Tanner Lee had a good game. Sherman Badie played outstanding. We just have to play better, but take nothing away from Tulsa, they played well."
Badie gave Tulane a two-touchdown lead again on the first play from scrimmage after Tulsa cut the deficit to 14-7. The redshirt freshman broke at least three tackles and spun his way 90-yards for the first score of his career with 6:51 left in the second quarter.
Lee's first touchdown put Tulane up, 7-0, when he hit rookie tight end Charles Jones II for a 15-yard strike with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter. The two-play drive was set-up by senior Taurean Nixon's first interception as a member of the Green Wave. Nixon intercepted a Tulsa pass and returned it 22-yards to the Golden Hurricane 20-yard line.
Lee's second strike came on the next possession. He hit senior Dante Butler from one-yard out to cap a 14-play, 80-yard drive with 9:56 left in the second quarter. His third touchdown of the game, a 60-yard catch and run to Xavier Rush with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Green Wave a 28-20 lead.
Tulsa's two first half touchdowns were both long passes. Evans found Keevan Lucas for a 43-yard touchdown with 7:11 left in the half and again for a 84-yard catch and run with 0:24 left.
Tulsa added a pair of second half field goals by Carl Salazar before tying the game at 28-28 with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter. Evans found Lucas for the third time on the night for a three-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone and the two-point conversion was successful when Evans hit Josh Atkinson in the same corner. The Golden Hurricane drive was 11 plays and covered 77 yards in 3:52.
Tulane totaled 516 yards of offense on 74 plays, while Tulsa managed 592 yards of total offense on 89 plays, including 438 yards in the air.
Senior Sam Scofield led Tulane's defense with 14 tackles, while junior Darion Monroe and sophomore Nico Marley each added six stops.
The Green Wave will open the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. in the new, on-campus Yulman Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPNews.