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.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian and called it "very difficult" while also defending his handling of the situation.
University of Texas longhorn steer mascot Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with cancer and will retire. The steer, whose given name is Sunrise Studly, was diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus.
Tennessee running back John Kelly was taken to the hospital as a precaution and released after getting hurt during the Volunteers' Tuesday afternoon practice.The injury was not specified.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
A former Texas A&M football recruit randomly attacked a jogger, using a "large-bladed knife" to repeatedly strike the man and lodging the weapon in his head, according to police documents.