In one of the most uninspiring performances of the season Tulane (2-5, 1-3) surrendered 35 first half points to Rice (5-3, 4-1) en route to a 42-17 loss. In addition to the 25 point defeat, the Green Wave may have lost the services of running back Andre Anderson, who entered the game as the fourth leading rusher in the nation.
Anderson was injured early in the second quarter on only his fourth carry of the game. Anderson ran up the middle for a seven yard game, but suffered a separated right shoulder when he was tackled. His availability for the rest of the season is now in doubt.
The one bright spot of the afternoon was the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Kemp. Tulane trailed Rice 35-0 at the half. Kemp played the entire second half, completing 14 of 20 pass attempts for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Kemp's touchdown passes covered 42 yards to Casey Robottom and 18 yards to Albert Williams.
Tulane returns to action Saturday against #11 LSU at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.