But just like UAB last Saturday, Tulane gave them a fight for the first quarter anyway and decided that the best way to defend the high powered Cougar attack was keep it sitting on the bench. The Green Wave went on a 15 play 66 yard opening drive that ate 6:48 off the clock only to have it end on a Phillip Steward interception in the end zone.
The Coogs only possessed the ball one time in the first quarter for nine plays but alas for Tulane, football is a four quarter 60 minute game. When the second quarter arrived the Cougars quick strike offense rolled into high gear and scored 73 points in less than two and a half quarters. They were up 35-10 at halftime, had two punt return TD's of 70 yards by Patrick Edwards and a fourth quarter 76 yard one by Damian Payne to add to the offensive smörgåsbord. Case Keenum was 22-29 for 325 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
He didn't have to throw as much tonight because Charles Sims broke a 53 year old school record for yards per carry in a game by piling up 207 yards and two touchdowns on just ten carries for a 20.7 average. Three of Sims runs were over 52 yards with his longest being a 72 yard TD scamper just before halftime.
The Cougars also tightened up the defensive pressure in the second half as they forced four consecutive three and outs and the offense kept scoring when handed the ball to put the game out of reach.
The Cougars moved to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in C-USA West Division play but get a few days of rest before they face SMU at the Rob.