GAMEDAY College Football

Tulane 17, Kansas State 10

By DAVID SMALE
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Michael Pratt overcame two costly interceptions with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tyrick James with 4:27 left and Tulane upset Kansas State 17-10.

K-State came into the game favored by two touchdowns.

The Green Wave stopped the Wildcats on fourth-and-short twice in the third quarter and again in the fourth. K-State finished 1 for 5 on fourth down.

It was Tulane's first road victory over a Power-5 conference school since beating Rutgers in 2010. Rutgers was part of the Big East that season.

The two teams came into the game having allowed a combined total of 22 points in two games. It was the second meeting between the two schools. Tulane came from behind to defeat K-State 20-16 in 1988, the year before coach Bill Snyder took over the Wildcats' program.

Pratt was 13-of-26 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions, but came up big in the clutch for Tulane (3-0).

Adrian Martinez was 21-of-31 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown for Kansas State (2-1). Running back Deuce Vaughn was held to 81 yards on 20 carries, the first time in nine games that he's been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing. He was held out of the end zone for the first time in 10 games.

Tulane grabbed the early lead on a 91-yard, nine-play drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Tyjae Spears. The Green Wave controlled the first quarter, out-gaining the Wildcats 125-46, even going against a strong wind.

Kansas State tied it with 2:43 left in the second quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to his former Nebraska teammate Kade Warner. That touchdown capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive.

Tulane appeared to be marching toward a go-ahead score late in the quarter when Daniel Green picked off Pratt's pass at the KSU 28-yard line. He returned it 49 yards to the Tulane 23. A 22-yard field goal by Chris Tennant on the final play of the half gave K-State a 10-7 lead at the half.

Tulane opened the second half scoring with a 30-yard field goal by Kriston Esnard to tie the score at 10.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: The Green Wave proved that their 94-10 point differential in the first two games against lesser opposition was no fluke. They went toe-to-toe against the Wildcats, holding their best player to well below his season average.

Kansas State: The Wildcats hadn't shown much on offense the first two games this season, but the defense was good enough that it didn't matter. But the offensive struggles are very real.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TulaneKanSt
Tulane TD 3:13 Tyjae Spears 1 yard TD run (Kriston Esnard Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter TulaneKanSt
KanSt TD 2:43 Kade Warner 21 yard TD pass from Adrian Martinez (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 7 7
KanSt FG 0:00 Chris Tennant 22 yard field goal 7 10
Third Quarter TulaneKanSt
Tulane FG 8:51 Kriston Esnard 30 yard field goal 10 10
Fourth Quarter TulaneKanSt
Tulane TD 4:27 Tyrick James 4 yard TD pass from Michael Pratt (Kriston Esnard Extra Point) 17 10
Team Stats
  Tulane Kansas State
First downs 18 15
  Rushing 9 8
  Passing 8 7
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 1-12, 8% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-5, 20%
Rushes-Yards 40-160 42-186
Passing Yards 176 150
Return Yards 40 72
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-26-2 21-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-10 0-0
Punts 7 7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-25 5-25
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 13 26 176 1 2
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Martinez 21 31 150 1 0
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Pratt 13 87 6.7 0
I. Celestine 14 52 3.7 0
T. Spears 9 26 2.9 1
D. Watts 1 1 1.0 0
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Vaughn 20 81 4.1 0
A. Martinez 13 59 4.5 0
D. Giddens 9 46 5.1 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Watts 3 60 20.0 0
D. McDougle 3 58 19.3 0
S. Wyatt 2 31 15.5 0
T. James 2 11 5.5 1
L. Keys III 1 7 7.0 0
R. Brown 1 5 5.0 0
J. Jackson 1 4 4.0 0
Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Knowles 5 52 10.4 0
K. Warner 4 46 11.5 1
D. Vaughn 8 30 3.8 0
S. Wheeler 1 9 9.0 0
B. Sinnott 2 7 3.5 0
P. Brooks 1 6 6.0 0
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Green 1 49
K. Savage 1 0
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 7 293 41.9
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Zentner 7 300 42.9
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 18 9.0
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Keys III 1 22 22.0
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Knowles 1 23 23.0
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length




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