Tulane Drops Road Contest to Tulsa
Lester Ricard passes under pressure from Tulsa linebacker Alain Karatepeyan during the first half. AP Photo/David Crenshaw)
Lester Ricard passes under pressure from Tulsa linebacker Alain Karatepeyan during the first half. AP Photo/David Crenshaw)

Nov. 24, 2006

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TULSA, Okla. Tulsa's Paul Smith threw for 215 yards and one touchdown and running back Courtney Tennial rushed for 50 yards and two scores and the Golden Hurricane handed Tulane a 38-3 loss in front of 15,502 fans at Skelly Stadium.

With the loss, the Green Wave concludes the 2006 campaign with a 4-8 overall record and a 2-6 mark in Conference USA. Tulsa improved to 8-4 overall and completed the conference season with a 5-3 mark.

Tulane never got on track offensively, producing 152 yards, while allowing Tulsa 458 yards of total offense. The Golden Hurricane churned up 191 yards with its rushing attack and Smith was on target the entire game, completing four passes of 20 yards or longer, including a 24-yard strike to Cody Madison in the fourth quarter.

"You have to give Tulsa credit," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said. "They were coming in off of a three-game losing streak and were back at home for senior day. There were a couple of plays that if we were able to make early would have changed the complexion of the game. The big play where I thought we had a touchdown to make it 17-7, but we weren't able to put it in the end zone. We came out in the second half and settled down offensively and moved the ball, but had to settle for a field goal, and then they turn around and moved the ball down the field for a score. We knew going into the game that we couldn't allow big plays and we did."

The Golden Hurricane used a 12-play, 77-yard drive on its opening possession and Brandon Diles capped off the drive with a one-yard plunge to give TU a 7-0 lead.

Tulane moved the ball with its first possession primarily with its running game. Junior Ade Tuyo, who earned his first starting assignment of the season and rushed for a career-high 64 yards on 16 carries, received most of the carries early on, but the drive ended when the Wave was called for holding and senior quarterback Lester Ricard threw an incompletion and was sacked for an 18-yard loss on third down. The sack moved Tulane out of field goal possession and Ross Thevenot punted out of a field goal set and the Green Wave did not threaten again until the third quarter.

"Offensively, we have hit a wall since the fourth quarter of the Marshall game," Ricard said. "I really can't put my finger on it. We hit a wall and couldn't come out of it." You have to give Tulsa credit. They played a great game and really put the pressure on me, but we started to move the football when got in a two receivers set and kept two extra players into protect. It was just really frustrating."

Tulsa added 10 more points in the second quarter and led 17-0 at halftime.

Tulane opened the second half with an 18-play, 69-yard drive that Thevenot culminated with his ninth field goal of the year and pulled the Green Wave to within two scores at 17-3.

But Tulsa reeled off three touchdowns and put the game out of reach, and Tulane's offense was ineffective after its opening drive of the third quarter.

"They (Tulsa) kept getting good field position and when we had a chance to make plays we just didn't make them," senior Israel Route. "We had people in the right spots doing the right things but we didn't execute our assignments, which is finally making a play at the end."

Ricard completed 10 of 21 passing attempts for 78 yards and concluded his career as the school's fifth all-time leading passer with 6,608 yards.

	1	2	3	4	F
Tulane	0	0	3	0	3
Tulsa	7	10	7	14	38

SCORING Tulsa- Brandon Diles 1-yard run, first quarter (9:12) Tulsa- Jarod Tracy, 50-yard field goal, second quarter (8:59) Tulsa- Courtney Tennial, 2-yard run, second quarter (4:47) Tulane- Ross Thevenot, 30-yard field goal, third quarter (6:26) Tulsa- Courtney Tennial, 5-yard run, third quarter (1:57) Tulsa- Cody Madison, 24-yard pass from Paul Smith, fourth quarter (11:54) Tulsa- David Johnson, 1-yard run, fourth quarter (5:20)




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