Nov. 10, 2011
No. 11 Houston 73, Tulane 17
Tulane Game 11
New Orleans, La.
Thursday's game marked the 17th meeting between Tulane and Houston on the gridiron. With the loss, the Green Wave trail in the all-time series 13-4.
The loss was the ninth straight against the Cougars. The last time Tulane defeated Houston was back on Sept. 7, 2002, when the Green Wave earned a 34-13 decision at Robertson Stadium on the UH campus.
With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-9 on the year and 1-6 in Conference USA play.
Tulane's 73-17 loss (56 points) is the largest margin of defeat ever in conference play, surpassing the former mark of 53 in a 59-6 loss at Southern Miss on Nov. 17, 2001. The 56-point loss is tied for the 10th largest in Tulane history overall.
Houston's 73 points is tied for the most ever allowed by a Green Wave team, equaling the mark of 73 against Florida State in a 73-14 defeat on Oct. 31, 1987. The previous high mark in total points allowed in a conference game came in a 61-14 loss to UCF on Nov. 20, 2010.
Sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa finished the day with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 21 carries. It was his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season and the seventh of his career. Darkwa is now tied for fifth in Tulane history in 100-yard rushing games, joining Toney Converse (1997-98) and Jamaican Dartez (1995-98) in the No. 5 spot.
For his career, Orleans Darkwa has now run for 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns on 355 carries. In addition to his No. 5 spot in the 100-yard rushing list, he also stands alone at No. 8 in rushing touchdowns and moves into 13th place in rushing yards.
Orleans' Darkwa's 68-yard run in the second quarter was the longest of his career. His previous career long came earlier in the year when he galloped 67 yards in the first quarter against Army on Oct. 1 in West Point, N.Y.
Freshman Robert Kelley added to his Tulane single-season kickoff return record with nine returns and added 168 return yards to move into the No. 1 spot in returns yards in a season. He now has 57 returns for 1,197 yards, surpassing the former mark of 44 returns for 1,038 yards by Jeff Liggon in 1994.
With 228 all-purpose yards against Houston (40 rushing, 20 receiving, 168 kick return), Robert Kelley now has 1,568 all-purpose yards for the season. That mark is good enough for the No. 6 spot in Tulane single-season history. He moves ahead of Tommy Mason, who had 1,542 yards in 1960, and needs 76 more to move ahead of Michael Pierce (1,644 in 1988) for fifth place.
Junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey once again led the team in tackles with nine (8 solo, 1 assist). It snaps a streak of five straight games in which he posted double-digit stops. Mackey still has 16 career double-digit tackle performances, including eight this season.
Thirteen Tulane players extended their double-digit starting streaks on Thursday against Houston: senior offensive guard Emmanuel Aluko (15), junior linebacker Darryl Farley (12), junior quarterback Ryan Griffin (12), senior offensive tackle Harris Howard (14), junior defensive end Austen Jacks (23), junior offensive tackle Eric Jones (13), senior wide receiver Joe Kemp (12), junior linebacker Trent Mackey (23), senior defensive end Dezman Moses (14), senior center Joey Ray (11), junior cornerback Jordan Sullen (11), junior cornerback Ryan Travis (23) and senior defensive tackle Cedric Wilson (11).