Ricard, Tulane roll in Superdome

Published October 8, 2006

NEW ORLEANS - Lester Ricard threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns as Tulane beat Rice 38-24 on Saturday, winning its first game in the refurbished Louisiana Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.

Matt Forte ran for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Green Wave, whose last victory in the Superdome was a 45-31 win against Army on Nov. 13, 2004.

Tulane didn't play on its home field last season after Katrina ripped holes in the Superdome's massive roof and rendered the building unusable. The Green Wave returned to the Superdome last week but lost 33-28 to Southern Methodist.

Ricard was 21-of-40 and threw touchdowns of 8 yards to Forte, 21 yards to Jeremy Williams, 27 yards to Brian King and 21 yards to Kenneth Guidroz.

Chase Clement led Rice with 271 yards passing and three touchdowns, including a 3-yard run in the first quarter.

BYU 47, San Diego St. 17: John Beck passed for 267 yards and four touchdowns and Brigham Young got off to its best conference start in five years by beating winless San Diego State in Provo, Utah. Dustin Gabriel returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and Curtis Brown scored twice for the Cougars, who are 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference for the first time since 2001 - the last time they won the league title. San Diego State has matched the worst start in school history. The Aztecs also started 0-5 in 2002.

Army 62, VMI 7: Jeremy Trimble returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and caught a TD pass in West Point, N.Y., as Army had its highest scoring game in 48 years. Army scored on five of its first six possessions against the Division I-AA opponent. Wesley McMahand rushed for two touchdowns for the Black Knights, one of five players with a rushing TD for Army. The Black Knights last scored more than 60 points in 1958, when they beat Colgate 68-6.

Colorado St. 28, UNLV 7: Caleb Hanie threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the third quarter to lead host Colorado State in Fort Collins, as UNLV lost its 12th consecutive road game.

Ohio 27, W. Michigan 20: Kalvin McRae rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Austen Everson ran for 100 yards to host Ohio in Athens.

Ball State 55, Buffalo 25: Quarterback Nate Davis threw for three touchdowns while B.J. Hill ran for 116 yards and a pair of scores in Amherst, N.Y., as Ball State snapped a four-game losing streak.

South Carolina St. 47, Norfolk St. 10: DeShawn Baker rushed for one touchdown and caught a 29-yard pass for another in Orangeburg, S.C.

Morgan St. 32, N.C. A&T 0: Mario Melton rushed 44 yards, including two touchdown runs, and passed for a third in Greensboro, N.C., to lead Morgan State.

North Dakota St. 34, Georgia Southern 14: North Dakota State won its fifth straight game behind its stifling defense, handing Georgia Southern its worst home loss in Statesboro since 1994. Marshall beat Georgia Southern 34-13 that year. Georgia Southern had only 65 yards rushing. It was the first time the Eagles had been held under 100 yards rushing since 1995.

Grambling 28, MVSU 25: Grambling quarterback Brandon Landers hit Clyde Edwards on an 18-yard scoring pass and the Tigers held off host Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena.

Idaho St. 41, N. Colorado 13: Quarterback Matt Gutierrez and Akilah Lacey connected for three touchdowns in Greeley, Colo.


Davidson 38, Jacksonville 3: Ryan Alexander threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and tailback Jonathon Hubbard scored two and ran for 96 yards as host Davidson won easily in North Carolina. The Dolphins rushed for 104 yards and managed only 123 yards passing. Jacksonville's lone points came on Donavan Curry's 31-yard field goal.

Delaware St. 33, B-CC 31: Vashon Winton hit Derrick McNeil with an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:30 as Delaware State rallied for two scores in the final 4:38 in Daytona Beach. Bethune-Cookman had built a 31-21 advantage on a 12-yard run by Justin Brannon.