The last time Tulane faced a ranked opponent, it was a bloodbath. That was in 2011 against Houston and the Cougars shredded the Green Wave through the air en route to a 73-17 win.
Not much changes in four years, except the method of execution by the opponent.
Georgia Tech steamrolled Tulane 65-10 on Saturday and racked up 439 rushing yards in the process. Eight different Yellow Jackets rushed for more than 30 yards in the win.
Just like last Thursday, the Green Wave's offense got off to an abysmal start. Tulane (0-2) punted on three of its first four drives and missed a field goal on the other. Georgia Tech (2-0) made the Green Wave pay, jumping out to a 21-0 lead at home.
Tanner Lee and Devon Breaux hooked up again for the second consecutive game to end a shutout. Lee hit Breaux on a 44-yard touchdown strike with 7:02 left in the first half to bring Tulane within 14. Last Thursday against Duke, Breaux and Lee went 76 yards in another losing effort.
The Yellow Jackets scored 23 consecutive points following Breaux's touchdown and turned the game into the laugher everybody expected. Georgia Tech was a 33-point favorite in most Las Vegas sportsbooks.
The Green Wave eclipsed its point total from last week on a 37-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco. Outside of DiRocco's field goal, Tulane's second-half drives went safety (given up), interception, fumble and punt.
Perhaps the lone positive from the game for the Green Wave was that running back Lazedrick Thompson rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries. Tulane struggled through the air, completing just 15 of its 33 passes for 177 yards (5.8 yards per completion).
The Green Wave return to action next Saturday when it hosts Maine at 7 p.m. CST.