Oct. 8, 2005
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Ryan Gilbert rushed for 130 yards and scored three touchdowns - one on a 42-yard passing play and one on a 42-yard run - as Houston defeated Tulane 35-14 on Saturday night.
Kevin Kolb was 11-of-22 passing for 192 yards for Houston (3-2, 2-1 Conference USA), which turned a halftime tie into a blowout with four straight touchdowns before Tulane (2-2, 1-1) scored its final points with under five minutes to go.
Unable to play in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane hosted the game instead at Cajun Field, regular home of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Houston grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on Gilbert's touchdown reception from Kolb. Tulane tied the game just over 10 minutes later, when Lester Ricard connected with Preston Brown on a 13-yard pass play.
The score remained tied until the third quarter, when Gilbert ran 10 yards for the first of his two rushing touchdowns. Gilbert gave Houston a 21-7 lead on his longer scoring run with 7:23 remaining in the quarter.
Jackie Battle scored on a 1-yard run, then Kolb added an 8-yard touchdown run mid way through the fourth quarter, to make it 35-7. Battle finished with 79 yards rushing.
"It was a tale of two halves," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo said. "The difference in the game today was that they made some big plays and we didn't. I thought we played a clean football game, pretty mistake free. You have to give them credit. We ran the ball well and we were hoping to continue to run the ball and then we dropped behind and we had to try to create the big play. We just weren't able to do that."