TULSA, Okla. - Despite cracking the scoreboard first and last, the Tulane football team was not able to hold off Tulsa as the Golden Hurricane scored 45 straight points in a, 45-10, victory on Saturday afternoon in the Conference USA opener for both teams at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Green Wave (0-2, 0-1 C-USA) opened the game with a 12-play drive that ended with a career-long 49-yard field goal off the foot of junior Cairo Santos. Tulane moved the ball 58 yards on the drive, including 18 on the ground and 40 in the air. The highlight was a 25-yard strike from Ryan Griffin to Ryan Grant.
Griffin, who left the game in the second quarter with an injury, finished with 60 yards passing on seven of 13.
Junior receiver Ryan Grant then scored Tulane's only touchdown of the game on a 66-yard pass and catch from freshman quarterback Devin Powell with 3:30 remaining in the game. The catch was the second longest of Grant's career and seventh career touchdown.
Grant pulled down five catches for 109 yards for his second straight 100-plus yard game and the fourth of his career.
Powell became the 16th different first-time player for the Green Wave this season when he entered the game at quarterback to replace Griffin. Powell finished the game completing eight of 16 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Tulsa (1-1, 1-0 C-USA) scored two first quarter touchdowns, added three in the second quarter and one in the fourth. All six touchdowns were scored on drives of seven plays or less, including a pair of three-play drives. The big strike came when Tulsa quarterback Cody Green found Thomas Robertson for a 74-yard catch and run with 13:54 remaining in the second quarter to make the score 21-3.
The Golden Hurricane's first score came on their second possession of the game when Alex Singleton capped a six-play, 46-yard drive with a two yard rush up the middle. Singleton also scored on Tulsa's next possession on a one-yard rush to complete a three-play, 50-yard drive.
"It was a difficult day out there," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "My hats off to Tulsa. I thought they played excellent. The quarterback play was tremendous. The running backs were some really good players. The offensive line did a good job and the receivers went up to catch some balls and made some plays. I thought the defensive line came off the ball really well. The linebackers timed their blitz pretty well and they tackled well. Their secondary was awesome. They timed it so well; they are a well coached team."
Tulsa added a field goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Overall the Golden Hurricane collected 651 yards of total offense on 87 plays. 364 of those yards came via the run on 55 carries.
The Green Wave managed 177 yards of total offense on 55 plays. Tulane's Sam Scofield, who made his first start of the season at safety, collected a career-high 12 tackles in the loss.
Another defensive highlight for the Green Wave came early in the fourth quarter when defensive tackle Julius Warmsley forced Tulsa back-up quarterback Kalen Henderson to fumble the ball and senior cornerback Ryan Travis recovered.
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when they host Ole Miss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff for that game is slated for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Season and individual-game ticket sales for the 2012 football season are currently for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr., Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.