NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Alridge had 136 yards total offense and two touchdowns as Houston defeated Tulane, 34-10, in the Conference USA opener for both teams Saturday night in the Superdome.
Houston (1-1) led 24-0 at halftime and 31-0 after three quarters. Tulane (0-2) didn't score until Ross Thevenot kicked a 28-yard field goal with 7:16 left. The Green wave's only touchdown came with 32 seconds left, on a 6-yard pass from Kevin Moore to Chris Dunn.
Houston's Alridge rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and caught two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Case Keenum completed 13-of-21 for 185 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the defending C-USA champions (1-1). Blake Joseph completed 10-of-12 for 113 yards with two touchdowns.
On the game's first possession, the Cougars drove to T.J. Lawrence's 33-yard field goal.
On the next possession, Cody Lubojasky intercepted Scott Elliott and ran 62 yards to the Green Wave 4. On the next play Alridge ran around right end for a 10-0 lead.
Keenum threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mark Hafner, making it 17-0. The halftime margin came on Joseph's 27-yard pass to Teric Williams.
The Green Wave squandered its best scoring opportunity of the first half when Ross Thevenot was wide left on a 37-yard field goal with 3:30 left in the second quarter.
On Houston's first possession of the second half, Joseph threw a short pass to Alridge, who turned it into a 49-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead.
After Thevenot's field goal, Lawrence kicked a second 33-yard field goal with 1:36 left in the game.
Scott Elliott completed 9-of-23 for 116 yards with two interceptions before being replaced by Anthony Scelfo, who completed 5-of-9 for 46 yards. Moore, playing the last two possessions, completed 4-of-10 for 66 yards and a touchdown.