It was exactly the opener head coach Curtis Johnson wanted. Tulane capitalized on 6 Jackson State turnovers. And, junior college transfer Nick Montana threw for 2 touchdowns as Tulane beat Jackson State 34-7 in the opener for both teams Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Wave also rushed for 158 yards.
Tulane took a three nothing lead early in the game on a 22 yard Cairo Santos field goal. The points came after a Lorenzo Doss interception and subsequent 29 yard return.
Montana threw a 49 yard bomb to Ryan Grant. That set up a 5 yard touchdown run by Orleans Darkwa to give the Wave a 10-0 lead.
Montana threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Justin Shackleford in the second quarter, and an 11 yard touchdown pass to Devin Breaux in the third quarter.
Tulane’s bid for its first shutout since 1997 was ruined when Jackson State’s Evan Ingram ran 9 yards for a touchdown with 4:34 to play.
Doss was ejected in the first quarter for targeting on a helmet to helmet hit on Jackson State quarterback LaMontiez Ivy. Tulane was also penalized 15 yards. Ivy left the game later with what appeared to be a leg injury.