Boxscore
Houston 73, Tulane 17
Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Attendance - 17657

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Houston 0 35 24 14 73
Tulane 0 10 0 7 17

Recap


Sophomore Charles Sims rushed for 199 of his 207 yards in the first half and scored two touchdowns as No. 11 Houston remained perfect with its 73-17 victory over host Tulane on Thursday night.

Sims rushed for more than 100 yards for just the third time in his career and the second time this season for the Cougars (10-0, 6-0 C-USA), who won their eighth straight against the Green Wave (2-9, 1-6 C-USA). 

Houston, which has scored more than 50 points in its last five games, totaled five first-half touchdowns, including a 72-yard run by Sims with 18 seconds left in the second quarter. Sims also had a 52-yard score as the Cougars took a 35-10 lead into halftime.

Case Keenum, the NCAA’s all-time leader in every major passing category, completed 22 of 29 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns – all to Patrick Edwards.

Edwards finished with five catches and a game-high 129 receiving yards and also returned a punt 70 yards for a TD for the Cougars, who eclipsed the 70-point mark for the second time this season and are off to the best start in school history.

Tulane, which entered with the nation’s 102nd-ranked defense, didn’t have much of a chance against Houston’s high-powered attack. The Green Wave were outgained 735-331, turned the ball over once and was forced to punt on nine of their 15 possessions.

Running back Orleans Darkwa finished with 123 yards on the ground and scored both Tulane touchdowns, including a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 59-17. 

Tulane has lost eight in a row after a 2-1 start and hasn’t won since defeating UAB on Sept. 17. The loss, the Green Wave’s worst of the season, was their fifth straight by 16 points or more.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 13:48
Houston   TD  Tulane 0 - Houston 7
2nd Quarter - 12:53
Houston   TD  Tulane 0 - Houston 14
2nd Quarter - 5:44
Tulane   TD  Tulane 7 - Houston 14
2nd Quarter - 4:46
Houston   TD  Tulane 7 - Houston 21
2nd Quarter - 2:39
Houston   TD  Tulane 7 - Houston 28
2nd Quarter - 0:49
Tulane   FG  Tulane 10 - Houston 28
2nd Quarter - 0:18
Houston   TD  Tulane 10 - Houston 35
3rd Quarter - 13:23
Houston   FG  Tulane 10 - Houston 38
3rd Quarter - 7:22
Houston   TD  Tulane 10 - Houston 45
3rd Quarter - 6:16
Houston   TD  Tulane 10 - Houston 52
3rd Quarter - 2:56
Houston   TD  Tulane 10 - Houston 59
4th Quarter - 12:53
Tulane   TD  Tulane 17 - Houston 59
4th Quarter - 10:56
Houston   TD  Tulane 17 - Houston 66
4th Quarter - 9:39
Houston   TD  Tulane 17 - Houston 73
TEAMS

Team Records

  Houston Tulane
W/L 10 - 0 - 0 2 - 9 - 0
Conference 6 - 0 - 0 1 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Houston Tulane
Score 73 17
First Downs 30 16
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-13
69%
10-for-23
43%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 735 331
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 27-292 37-187
Average/Rush 10.8 5.1
Passing
Comp-Att 30-40 20-46
Passing Yards 443 144
Average/Pass Play 10.5 3.1
Penalties-Yards 10-67 6-59
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 25:00 35:00

PLAYER STATS

Houston (10 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Keenum 22/29 325 3 0
C. Turner 8/11 118 1 0
Tulane (2 - 9)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Griffin 19/43 137 0 1
D. Ponder 1/3 7 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Sims 10 207 20.7 2
C. Turner 1 35 35.0 1
B. Welford 2 15 7.5 0
C. Jones 3 13 4.3 0
R. Hollimon 3 12 4.0 0
B. Beall 1 11 11.0 1
C. Keenum 5 8 1.6 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
O. Darkwa 21 123 5.9 2
R. Kelley 7 40 5.7 0
A. Williams 7 16 2.3 0
R. Griffin 1 6 6.0 0
J. Thomas 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
P. Edwards 5 129 25.8 3
J. Johnson 5 96 19.2 0
G. Collins 2 61 30.5 0
C. Sims 5 45 9.0 0
T. Carrier 4 28 7.0 0
C. Blackmon 1 27 27.0 1
B. Beall 2 27 13.5 0
M. Williams 2 11 5.5 0
E. Smith 2 10 5.0 0
D. Lazard 1 5 5.0 0
R. Williams 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Shackleford 4 38 9.5 0
X. Rush 3 29 9.7 0
W. Van Hooser 2 23 11.5 0
R. Kelley 3 20 6.7 0
J. Kemp 1 9 9.0 0
M. Marfisi 2 9 4.5 0
A. Williams 3 7 2.3 0
K. Stelly 1 5 5.0 0
B. LeBeau 1 4 4.0 0
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