NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lester Ricard threw for 344 yards and four
touchdowns as Tulane beat Rice 38-24 on Saturday, winning its first
game in the refurbished Louisiana Superdome since Hurricane
Matt Forte ran for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns for the
Green Wave, whose last victory in the Superdome was a 45-31 win
against Army on Nov. 13, 2004.
Tulane (2-3 and 1-2 Conference USA) didn't play on its home
field last season after Katrina ripped holes in the Superdome's
massive roof and rendered the building unusable. The Green Wave
returned to the Superdome last week but lost 33-28 to SMU.
Chase Clement led Rice (1-5, 0-3) with 271 yards passing and
three touchdowns, including a 3-yard run in the first quarter.
Clement threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joel Armstrong that
put Rice within 31-24 late in the third, but the Green Wave
extended their lead again on Ricard's touchdown to Forte with 12:22
left in the game.
Forte had 19 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and
caught four passes for 57 yards. Richard threw three of his
touchdowns in the first half.
Clement also threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarett Dillard for