Scores

Final

Houston 34

(1-1, 1-0 American)

Tulane 10

(0-2, 0-1 American)

7:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 10 14 7 334
TULN 0 0 0 1010

Top Performers

Passing: B. Joseph (SHSU) - 113 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Alridge (HOU) - 18 CAR, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Avery (HOU) - 7 REC, 103 YDS

Houston 34, Tulane 10

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
TULN
1st Downs2416
Total Yards505313
Passing304228
Rushing20185
Penalties9-857-83
3rd Down Conversions6-116-18
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers32
Possession29:0530:55

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum13/211858.812
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott9/231165.002

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge18874.8115
Ganaway88210.3043
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte17855.0015
Tuyo5183.608

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery710314.7047
Hafner6518.5112
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robottom411528.8042
Williams25025.0040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUTULN
FG12:01T.J. Lawrence 33 Yd 30
TD05:50Anthony Alridge 4 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERHOUTULN
TD13:14Mark Hafner 9 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 170
TD06:38Teric Williams 27 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 240
THIRD QUARTERHOUTULN
TD10:14Anthony Alridge 49 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 310
FOURTH QUARTERHOUTULN
FG07:16Ross Thevenot 28 Yd 313
FG01:36T.J. Lawrence 33 Yd 343
TD00:32Chris Dunn 6 Yd Pass From Kevin Moore (Ross Thevenot Kick) 3410