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Tulane Runs Over UTEP 45-3

Tulane gained 482 total yards, including 277 yards on the ground to drub UTEP 45-3.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sp

Tulane locked themselves a pair of bowling shoes Saturday afternoon as they simply ran over UTEP in a 45-3  blowout win.

The Green Wave took the opening drive 72 yards on seven plays, lead by running back Orleans Darkwa who finished with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown to cap off the drive.

After punting on its first offensive possession,  the UTEP defense would surrender 56 yards before making a huge  stop on a fourth down, goal line stand by Adam Ayala, giving UTEP some early momentum only down 7-0 early in the first quarter.

That would not last as UTEP would again punt, going three and out, then go on to surrender six scoring drives out of seven Tulane offensive possessions in the first half, five of those drives lead to touchdowns giving Tulane a 38-3 lead at halftime.

Nick Montana threw for three touchdown passes, NFL prospect Ryan Grant caught eight balls for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Tulane jumped out to a 28-0 lead with 11:39 left in the first half, at that point Tulane had out gained UTEP 242-0.

The first drive of the first half for UTEP would capitalize on the disappointment of the season as Mack Leftwich threw a errant pass that was picked off by Lorenzo Doss who now has seven interceptions on the season for the Green Wave.

The Miners only put out  232 yards of offense, and a season low 39 yards rushing, while punting seven times.   Eric Tomlinson did have four catches for 71 yards.

Tulane cruised through the second half as Josh Rounds carried the load, going off for 76 yards on 16 carries as Tulane bled the clock the entire second half.

Tulane improves to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in C-USA , UTEP falls to 2-9 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

Next UTEP heads to Murfreesboro, TN to face the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders next Saturday.