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Tulane's first homecoming game on campus since 1974 ends in dud with blowout loss to Memphis

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Four decades after Tulane lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in what was the final Homecoming to be held in Tulane Stadium, under a sparkling New Orleans sky on Saturday afternoon, the Green Wave welcomed in the first place Memphis Tigers for the first ever Homecoming to be held in Yulman Stadium.

As opposed to what occurred last week when the Green Wave defeated the Houston Cougars and denied them at least a share of the AAC lead, today's game against an upstart Memphis squad was the anti-Houston, as the Memphis Tigers throttled the Green Wave 38-7 this afternoon.

The game got off to an uneventful start as Tanner Lee threw a gift wrapped interception to Bobby McClain to put the Tigers in front 7-0, which was the closest the Green Wave got to Memphis all afternoon. Despite the strong defensive play by the Green Wave, the offense couldn't get anything from Lee, who was 26-for-48 with 196 yards and three picks, including two that were returned for TDs, the second one returned by Dontrell Nelson for 58 yards to make the score 24-0. A rushing TD by Lynch in the third would make the score 31-0 in favor of the Tigers.

In the fourth quarter, with 1:55 left, Dontrell Hillard found the end zone with a 19-yard touchdown run to end the shutout. Hillard would end the day with 15 carries for 65 yards. His counterpart Lazederick Thompson would finish the day as the Green Wave's leading rusher with 70 yards on 12 carries.

Up next for the Green Wave is a date with the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville, North Carolina. Time has yet to be determined.