Lee leads Tulane over UCF 45-31


P. Picerelli run for -10 yds,P. Picerelli fumbled, recovered by UCF S. Griffin

Peter Picerelli run for a loss of 10 yards to the Tulan 18 Peter Picerelli fumbled, recovered by UCF Shaquem Griffin

NEW ORLEANS -- Tanner Lee threw for four touchdowns and Tulane beat Central Florida 45-31 in an American Athletic Conference opener on Saturday.

Lee was 15 of 26 for 190 yards and backup Devin Powell also threw for a score. Five different Green Wave receivers caught touchdown passes.

Tulane (2-2, 1-0) took advantage of three interceptions and two fumbles, scoring 28 points off turnovers, and held the Knights (0-5, 0-1) to minus-35 yards rushing.

A 49-yard pass from Lee to Teddy Veal one play after a fumble and a 4-yard run by Sherman Badie soon after an interception on consecutive possessions led to a 24-10 halftime lead.

Two-time defending conference champion UCF has been hit hard by injuries this season, particularly on offense. Freshman Bo Schneider threw for 236 yards and a score but had three picks. Another freshman, Tyler Harris, came in and threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, all to freshman D'erren Wilson.