No. 4 Ohio State handles Tulane, 49-6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4 Ohio State handed the Tulane football team a 49-6 defeat at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Buckeyes (4-0) scored touchdowns on their first six possessions while holding Tulane (1-3) to just one score. Tulane, though, kept Ohio State to only 7 points and outgained the Buckeyes through the air in the second half.

The Ohio Stadium crowd of 103,336 was the largest to ever watch Tulane play football in person.

Senior Roderic Teamer Jr. and sophomore Cameron Sample tied for the team lead with nine tackles. Sample’s nine was three more than his previous career high – and he added a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss – and Teamer’s nine was one shy of a career high. Thakarius Keyes also had a new career high with seven tackles.

Darius Bradwell scored Tulane’s only touchdown in the second quarter. His 31 yards rushing combined with Corey Dauphine’s 51 led the way for Tulane. The Green Wave recorded 100 rushing yards, making Saturday the 31st consecutive game that Tulane has reached at least 100 yards on the ground.

In the passing game, Darnell Mooney made four catches for 77 yards while Terren Encalade also contributed four catches for 62 yards.

Quarterback Jonathan Banks finished the day with an 8-for-14 passing performance, totaling 141 yards.

Bradwell’s touchdown came on a 10-play scoring drive that got a boost from multiple Ohio State penalties. On the eighth play of the drive was a rainbow of a pass down the right side of the field from Banks to Encalade for 38 yards. Two plays later, Bradwell plowed into the end zone up the gut from 2 yards out, cutting the Buckeyes’ lead to 21-6.

Ohio State scored early, going 91 yards and ending the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to Parris Campbell Jr. A 56-yard touchdown drive on the Buckeyes’ second possession was capped with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to Terry McLaurin and made it 14-0 midway through the first quarter. Ohio State got on the board one more time in the first, going ahead 21-0 on a 37-yard hookup between Haskins and Campbell on the second-to-last play of the period.

The Buckeyes then added three more touchdowns in the second quarter.

Up next for the Green Wave is a Friday date with Memphis at Yulman Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the game airing on ESPN2.

OHIO STATE 49, TULANE 6 – POSTGAME NOTES (103,336 – Attendance)

TEAM NOTES

-Tulane’s matchup with Ohio State marked the first meeting between the two schools. 

-Team captains for this afternoon’s game were OL Corey Dublin, CB Donnie Lewis, WR Darnell Mooney and S Roderic Teamer Jr. 

-LB Zachery Harris carried the No. 18 flag in honor of Devon Walker. 

-The 103,336 fans in attendance at Ohio State was the largest crowd to ever attend a Tulane football game.

-Tulane has rushed for 100 yards or more in 31 straight games.

-The Green Wave defensive unit totaled a season-best 3.0 sacks. 

-With the loss, Fritz falls to 203-92-1 all-time. He also dropped to 69-28 all-time in the month of September. 

-Tulane did not commit a turnover for the first time all season.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

-The Green Wave offensive starters were QB Jonathan Banks, RB Darius Bradwell, WR Darnell Mooney, WR Terren Encalade, WR Jaetavian Toles, TE Will Wallace, OL Noah Fisher, OL Dominique Briggs, OL Corey Dublin, OL John Leglue and OL Keyshawn McLeod. 

-Encalade and Leglue each made their 28th consecutive start. 

-Mooney led the team with 77 yards receiving. Mooney has totaled 70 yards or more in every game this season. Mooney leads the team with 22 receptions for 385 yards.

-Bradwell scored his second touchdown of the season in the second quarter.

-Encalade finished the game with four catches for 62 yards. His 38-yard reception in the second quarter set up the Green Wave’s lone touchdown of the afternoon. 

-Encalade has now caught 15 passes for 30 yards or more in his career. 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

-The Green Wave defensive starters were CB Donnie Lewis Jr., S Roderic Teamer Jr., S Will Harper, CB Thakarius Keyes, LB Zachery Harris, LB Marvin Moody, DE Patrick Johnson, DL De’Andre Williams, DL Cameron Sample  and DL Jeffery Johnson.

-Lewis made his 35th career start. His 35 career starts are the most of any current player on the defense.

-Teamer and Sample tied for the team lead with nine total tackles. 

-Sample, linebacker Lawrence Graham and Johnson each recorded sacks. 

-Sample, Graham and Johnson each tallied their first career sacks. 

-Johnson had his first career forced fumble. 

-Sample finished the game with a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss. 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

-Punter Zachary Block averaged 45.5 yards per punt and dropped one punt inside the 20 yard line.

-Backup punter Ryan Wright averaged 39.2 yards per punt on five punts. 

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