Recap: Houston vs. Tulane
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dontrell Hilliard tallied 107 receiving yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 85 yards and a score, as the Tulane Green Wave held on to defeat the Houston Cougars, 31-24, in American Athletic Conference action at TDECU Stadium.
Hilliard caught five passes and rushed the ball 25 times for Tulane (3-6, AAC), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Tanner Lee completed 24-of-35 passes for 237 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
For Houston (5-4, 3-2), Greg Ward, Jr. threw for a career-high 342 yards, two touchdowns and two picks on 31-of-45 passing. Deontay Greenberry had a season- high 12 receptions and 136 yards with a touchdown.
The first score of the contest came less than four minutes in, as Lee tossed a 12-yard touchdown to Teddy Veal to give the Green Wave a 7-0 lead.
Houston knotted things up near the end of the opening quarter when Ward, Jr. hooked up with Markeith Ambles for a 19-yard touchdown.
Tulane went back ahead at the 10:39 mark of the second quarter when Lee connected with Hilliard on a 63-yard touchdown.
The Cougars grabbed a 17-14 advantage heading into intermission. With under two minutes to play in the half, Adrian McDonald recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. McDonald then picked off a Lee pass with under a minute to play, leading to Kyle Bullard's 39-yard field goal as time expired in the frame.
Tulane reclaimed the lead at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter with another Lee touchdown pass, this time a 9-yarder to Leondre James.
Hilliard added a 1-yard rushing score with 9:22 to play in the game, as the Green Wave extended their lead to 11 points.
Andrew DiRocco kicked a 25-yard field goal for Tulane with 3:24 left.
Houston got within one score of the lead with 1:04 to play following a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ward, Jr. to Greenberry. The Cougars recovered an on-side kick and advanced the ball all the way to Tulane's 5-yard line before time ran out on their comeback attempt.
Tulane was outgained by Houston, 432-361, but it won the time-of-possession battle and converted 10-of-16 third-down attempts.Game Notes