Tulane 34, Cincinnati 14
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Shaun King threw two touchdown passes and Tulane used a balanced offense and a smothering defense to beat Cincinnati 34-14 Friday night in the first-ever Conference USA football game.
Tulane, which was picked last in a preseason poll of league coaches, rolled up 408 yards of offense and held Cincinnati, which was picked first in that same poll, scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Tulane scored first on a 42-yard field goal by Brad Palazzo and added two touchdowns, one capping a 15-play, 91-yard drive that put the Green Wave ahead 17-0 midway through the second quarter.
Tulane then intercepted a wobbly pass by Chad Plummer to end a Cincinnati scoring threat with less than a minute left in the first half. The Green Wave tacked on another score on a 24-yard pass from King to P.J. Franklin to take a 24-0 halftime lead.
King, whose other touchdown pass was a 23-yarder to Jeff Liggon, completed 12 of 28 passes for 182 yards, while fullback Jerald Sowell rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries.
The Bearcats didn’t score until the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, when fullback Landon Smith capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run against the Green Wave’s second-string defense.
Cincinnati scored again late in the game when Smith scored his second touchdown from two yards out.
Tulane closed the scoring when tight end Cory Gleason fielded the ensuing onside kick and raced into the end zone.