|Date of game: 9/6/2014
Recap: Tulane vs. Georgia Tech
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Zenon and Tim Byerly both scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets secured a 38-21 win over the Tulane Green Wave in non-conference play at the new Yulman Stadium.
Zenon carried the ball eight times, leading to 62 yards for Georgia Tech (2-0), while Byerly picked up 21 net yards on 10 attempts. While the Yellow Jackets were generating a hefty 344 yards on the ground, quarterback Justin Thomas converted a mere 3-of-8 passing for 15 yards, was sacked once and tossed an interception.
Tulane (0-2) was led by Tanner Lee who hit on 13-of-24 for 173 yards and two TDs, but at the same time he was also sacked on three occasions and tossed three picks. Fellow signal caller Devin Powell was 4-of-11 for 58 yards in the setback.
The hosts scored two touchdowns in the first quarter as Lee hit Justyn Shackleford with a 12-yard scoring pass and Teddy Veal found the end zone on a 24-yard run.
However, in between the Yellow Jackets landed on the scoreboard when Byerly capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard run midway through the first period.
The visitors knotted the score at 14-14 less than four minutes into the second quarter thanks to a 10-yard interception return for a TD by Quayshawn Nealy.
The Green Wave was quick to respond as Lee hooked up with Xavier Rush on a 61- yard TD pass play less than two minutes later, pushing the home team back in front, 21-14.
Unfortunately for Tulane, the game belonged to the Yellow Jackets the rest of the way as they registered 24 unanswered points. Zenon began the scoring burst with a 19-yard TD run at the 2:51 mark of the second quarter, followed by a 46-yard field goal from Harrison Butker as time expired in the first half.
Zenon added a two-yard TD run on the third and Byerly put a cap on the meeting with a one-yard effort in the fourth.
Georgia Tech, which converted 10-of-12 on third down and maintained possession for close to 33 minutes on the day, is coming off a 2013 campaign in which it ranked sixth in the nation in rushing with 299.3 ypg.
Debuting in Yulman Stadium this afternoon, the Green Wave was playing an on- campus game for the first time since 1974. For nearly four decades, Tulane has been playing the bulk of its home games in what is now known as the Mercedes- Benz Superdome.Game Notes