NEW ORLEANS—Tulane was favored Saturday against UTEP, but you would never know it by the outcome.
The Miners blocked a Tulane punt for a touchdown, and intercepted four Green Wave passes on the way to a 44-7 rout of Tulane at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The loss dropped the Green Wave to 2-5 on the season. And, it left Wave head coach Bob Toledo a tad bewildered.
Said Toledo, "I am tired of this rollercoaster." Tulane had lost to Syracuse 37-34 last Saturday on a field goal on the final play of the game.
But, this game was over early in the second quarter. Running back Joe Banyard scored a 72 yard run to give UTEP a 14-7 lead. With the score 21-7 in the second, Travaun Nixon blocked a Tulane punt. Adrian James recovered in the endzone for a touchdown to give the Miners a 28-7 lead.
On the next series, Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin suffered a bruised hip on a 12 yard scramble. He left the game and did not return.
His backup D.J. Ponder threw 3 interceptions.
Orleans Darkwa rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries. He scored Tulane's only touchdown, a 7 yard run out of the wildcat in the first quarter.