Depleted Green Wave No Match For Cougars

Tulane (2-7, 1-4) could not overcome the injury bug in 42-14 loss to Houston (5-4, 4-1) Saturday night at Robertson Stadium in Houston. Cougar running back Bryce Beall gashed the Tulane defense for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Beall also caught 4 passes for 27 yards and another score as the Cougars outgained the Green Wave 693 to 268.

Beall opened the scoring with a 15 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Freshman running back Nathan Austin tied thing up for the Green Wave with an 11 touchdown run with 10:33 remaining in the first half. Houston then scored 35 unanswered points before Austin scored Tulane's second touchdown with 9:17 remaining in the contest.

The Cougars offense was led by the trio of Beall, sophomore quarterback Kase Keenum, and senior tight end Mark Hafner. Keenum completed 29 of 40 pass attempts for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns with one interception. Hafner recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards and one score.

Austin led all Green Wave rushers with 39 yards on 22 carries, averaging only 1.8 yards per carry. Starting quarterback Kevin Moore completed 12 of 27 pass attempts for 142 yards. Redshirt freshman Joe Kemp was lost for the season in the first half with a broken collar bone after completing only 2 of 6 pass attempts for 39 yards. Fifth-year senior Scott Elliott came on in relief of Moore and went 6-for-11 for only 26 yards. Defensively, the Green Wave was once again led by junior safety Corey Sonnier with 11 tackles, a pass breakup, and two forced fumbles.

Tulane returns to the Louisiana Superdome to face UAB Saturday, November 15th. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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