Last year the stars aligned for Tulane to beat Houston — the defense held its own, the offense managed to put up some points and the Cougars were ripe for the poaching.
On Friday night at Yulman Stadium, the defense kept Houston at bay as long as possible, but like most games this season, the offense struggled mightily and these are different Cougars.
Houston had no trouble dispatching the Green Wave in a 42-7 win and improved to 6-0. Tulane had more penalties than first downs and fell to 2-4.
It seems as if all of the Green Wave's losses follow the same script and Friday was no different.
- Tulane got off to a slow start. The Cougars scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 49-yard pass and then again on the first play of the second quarter to increase its lead to 14-0.
- The Green Wave's offense was nowhere to be seen. Until Tulane moved the ball a bit late in the fourth quarter against Houston's second-string defense, the Cougars' punt returner (Demarcus Ayers) nearly had more return yards (175) than the Green Wave had total offense (180).
- Stupid penalties extended dead drives by an opponent. Tulane committed 12 infractions for 133 yards and most of them were for late hits or unsportsmanlike conduct. Head coach Curtis Johnson used the word "discipline" about 1,000 times in his post-game press conference. Right now, the Green Wave lack it.