Tulane loses Curtis Johnson's debut game to Rutgers, 24-12

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New Orleans, La. - Tulane hung close with Rutgers for three quarters in head coach Curtis Johnson's debut but in the end, the Green Wave's lack of a rushing attack and abundance of penalties cost them the season opener against Rutgers.

Senior quarterback Ryan Griffin carried the offense, completing 34 of his 48 attempts for 254 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.  Junior wide receiver Ryan Grant was on the receiving end of six of those passes and racked up 110 yards.  The issue on offense was the eight net yards of rushing on 16 carries, as well as Griffin's lone interception being returned 14 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively, the Wave held Rutgers to 309 total yards but gave up touchdowns of 43 and 46 yards on drives of four and five plays, respectively.

"Give credit to Rutgers,"Johnson said. "I thought they came in and played well.  They ran the ball pretty well on us. I thought the defense played well.  We just have to do a better job. I think the worst thing about tonight was the penalties – 11 for 120 (yards),that's a football field worth of penalties.   That's two touchdowns that we just gave away.  We have to do a better job running the football."

Tulane plays at Tulsa Saturday at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports Network.