Houston 35, Tulane 14

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Ryan Gilbert rushed for 130 yards and
scored three touchdowns -- one on a 42-yard passing play and one on
a 42-yard run -- as Houston defeated Tulane 35-14 on Saturday night.

Kevin Kolb was 11-of-22 passing for 192 yards for Houston (3-2,
2-1 Conference USA), which turned a halftime tie into a blowout
with four straight touchdowns before Tulane (2-2, 1-1) scored its
final points with under five minutes to go.

Unable to play in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina,
Tulane hosted the game instead at Cajun Field, regular home of

Houston grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on
Gilbert's touchdown reception from Kolb. Tulane tied the game just
over 10 minutes later, when Lester Ricard connected with Preston
Brown on a 13-yard pass play.

The score remained tied until the third quarter, when Gilbert
ran 10 yards for the first of his two rushing touchdowns. Gilbert
gave Houston a 21-7 lead on his longer scoring run with 7:23
remaining in the quarter.

Jackie Battle scored on a 1-yard run, then Kolb added an 8-yard
touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to make it 35-7.
Battle finished with 79 yards rushing.

Ricard was 12-of-32 passing for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He
was sacked three times.

Matt Forte led the Green Wave with 79 yards rushing on 21
carries, while Jovon Jackson added 71 yards on 11 runs.