HOUSTON — Tanner Lee threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulane to a 31-24 upset win over Houston on Saturday.
Tulane took the lead for good on its opening drive of the second half as Leondre James hauled in a 9-yard touchdown from Lee to cap a 12-play, 84-yard drive and make it 21-17.
The Green Wave then pulled away on a 1-yard touchdown run from Dontrell Hilliard and a 25-yard Andrew DiRocco field goal while holding Houston scoreless in the second half until the final minute.
Lee finished 24-of-35 for 237 yards with an interception. Hilliard was Tulane's top rusher and receiver, piling up 85 yards on 25 carries and adding another 107 yards on five catches, including a 63-yard touchdown grab.
Greg Ward was 31-of-45 for 342 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for Houston, which still seeks one more win to become bowl eligible. Tulane hung on to its slim chances at making it to a bowl.
Army 35, UConn 21: Defensive back Chris Carnegie returned his second interception 99 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown as the Black Knights earned their first victory at Yankee Stadium since 1960. UConn pulled within 28-21 with 2:06 to go, improbably recovered the onside kick, and drove to the 6 before Carnegie picked off Chandler Whitmer at the 1. "I was looking back hoping no one caught me, because I was getting tired," Carnegie said. "It was a great feeling just seeing the stadium erupt." The Black Knights improved to 15-21-5 at Yankee Stadium and stayed alive for a bowl bid. "He's crushed," first-year UConn coach Bob Diaco said of Whitmer. "I wish he wasn't. That play didn't lose the game for us."
Tulsa 38, SMU 28: Dane Evans passed for five touchdowns to lead the host Golden Hurricane, which snapped a six-game losing streak. Evans threw an 18-yard touchdown to Keyarris Garrett to put Tulsa up 7-6 in the first quarter, and the Hurricane led by as many as 22. The Mustangs, the only winless team in Division I-A, came in ranked last among 128 teams in both average points scored (seven) and allowed (48) this season. Matt Davis had two short touchdown runs to close SMU's deficit to seven in the fourth quarter.