UCF puts together solid 4th quarter but remains winless with loss to Tulane

Tulane Green Wave running back Sherman Badie (3) scores past UCF Knights defensive back Kyle Gibson (25) during the second quarter.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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.