By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 25, 2010) Running back Bryce Beall scored four touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards to lead the Houston Cougars to a 42-23 win over the Tulane Green Wave at Houston’s Robertson Stadium.
Houston is now 3-1 for the season and 2-0 against Conference USA opponents while Tulane falls to 1-2 for the season and is 0-1 in conference play.
Houston first got on the scoreboard at the 11:18 mark in the first quarter on a three-yard run by Beall with Matt Hogan splitting the uprights for the extra point.
Beall again carried the ball for the Cougars’ second score on a one-yard run at the 14:56 mark of the 2nd quarter.
He added his third score on a one-yard run with 39 second left in the half, following up with a 25-yard run for his fourth score with 3:58 remaining in the game.
Michael Hayes scored the third Houston touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter.
With 2:50 left in the game, Houston defensive back Loyce Means intercepted a Kevin Moore and returned it 42 yards for the Cougars’ sixth touchdown.
Tulane got the first of points on a 13-yard pass from Kevin Moore to tight end Cody Sparks to cut Houston lead to 14.
Moore then connected with split end Devin Figaro on a 36-yard pass to make the score 21-14 in favor of Houston.
Tulane cut the Cougars lead to 11 on a 29-yard field goal by Carlos Santos late in the third quarter.
They again scored with 9:19 left in the game on a 9-yard run by Payten Moore
Terrance Broadway, in his first start as quarterback for the Cougars, completed 19 of 28 passes for 174 yards with one interception. He rushed for 33 net yards on 11 carries and was sacked five times.
Houston had 349 yards of total offense, averaging 4.8 yards per play.
Patrick Edwards returned five punts for 89 yards while Tyron Carrier returned four kickoffs 103 yards. Edwards’ longest return was 37 yards with Carrier tagging 42 yards for his longest of the day.
Phillip Steward and Nick Saenz were the standouts on defense each tallying three solo and three assisted tackles while Means had four unassisted tackles.
Marcos McGraw added one solo and nine assisted tackles.
The Cougars will have a bye week before facing Mississippi State at home on October 9.