Senior running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for a game-high 103 yards in Tulane's loss to UTSA.
Nov. 9, 2013
San Antonio - Tulane senior running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for a game-high 103 yards and one touchdown, but it was not enough as UTSA kicker Sean Ianno connected on a game-winning, 34-yard field with 14-seconds remaining to give the Roadrunners a 10-7 victory over Tulane in front of 24,606 at the Alamodome.
Tulane (6-4, 4-2 C-USA) was its own worst enemy today, committing a season-high 14 penalties for 111 yards, and giving up two crucial plays in the second half, including a 68-yard rushing touchdown that tied the game in the third quarter and a 62-yard pass play late in the game that set up the game-winning field goal. UTSA improved to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in league play.
"My hat goes off to (UTSA) coach (Larry) Coker and his team," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "They played a very good football game. They played physical. It got a little chippy at times, but that is something that happens. I thought we did a good job for the most part, but we just couldn't overcome all of our penalties and mistakes. Those things are self-inflicting. We just had guys who were eager and anxious. You just can't do that.
"We have two games to play. We have a two-game season now. We will play two good opponents, one at home and one on the road. We have to prepare. We will work hard this week, and get ready to hold senior day against UTEP."
Despite holding the Roadrunners to just seven points through the first three quarters, the Green Wave had a communication breakdown on defense during UTSA's final drive, allowing Roadrunner wide receiver Seth Grubb to go virtually unnoticed down the right sideline for a 62-yard completion from quarterback Eric Soza with a just a little over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
UTSA was then able to use the clock to their advantage and set up Ianno up for the game-winner.
Tulane had one final chance to come from behind, getting the ball with nine seconds left on its own 35-yard line. A heave by junior quarterback Nick Montana was picked off, however, sending Tulane to their second consecutive loss on the year.
With neither team was able to find the end zone on their opening possessions of the third quarter. Tulane had a chance to tack on to its lead but senior kicker Cairo Santos misfired on a 50-yard field goal attempt, his second miss of the game from beyond 50 yards.
UTSA took advantage of the miss on the following play when running back Brandon Armstrong dashed up the middle for a 68-yard touchdown score to tie the game at 7-7.
Darkwa posted a solid outing, collecting his ninth-career 100-yard game with a 103-yard effort on 20 attempts. Junior quarterback Nick Montana completed 18-of-33 pass attempts for 199 yards, while senior linebacker Dominique Robertson led the defense with 11 tackles.
The majority of the first half was filled with missed opportunities by both teams and marred by a combined 15 penalties, including nine for the Green Wave for 81 yards.
UTSA took the opening kickoff and marched down to the goal line before sophomore safety Darion Monroe stripped the ball from Roadrunner running back Jarveon Williams at the one-yard line and Robertson made the recovery. Tulane marched down to the UTSA 42-yard line thanks in part to three pass interference penalties by the Roadrunners, but was forced to punt.
The teams then traded possessions and the Green Wave put together a promising drive late in the first quarter and had a first and goal at the UTSA four-yard line thanks to a tough 12-yard run by Darkwa. However two plays later, junior running back Rob Kelley fumbled the ball at the two-yard line and the Roadrunners recovered.
Late in the second quarter, the Tulane defense forced its second fumble of the game when sophomore defensive end Royce LaFrance knocked the ball loose from Armstrong.
The Green Wave took over at the UTSA 42-yard line and Darkwa made the most of the miscue, giving Tulane the lead on his nine-yard touchdown run shortly before the conclusion of the first half.
Tulane will close out the home portion of the 2013 regular season on Nov. 23 against UTEP in the Superdome at 2:30 p.m.
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