NEW ORLEANS — Charles Sims rushed for a career-high 207 yards, including touchdown runs of 72 and 52 yards, and No. 11 Houston continued the best start in Cougars history with a 73-17 victory over Tulane on Thursday night.
Case Keenum passed for 325 yards, including TDs of 66, 23 and 8 yards to Patrick Edwards, who also scored on a 70-yard punt return.
Houston (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA), which came in averaging 52.7 points per game, was held without a point in the first quarter, snapping a streak of 19 consecutive quarters with a score.
Houston responded with five touchdowns in the second quarter, beginning with Bryce Beall’s 11-yard scoring run that was set up by Sims’ 56-yard scamper.
GEORGIA: A foot injury against South Carolina cost junior linebacker Christian Robinson two games and parts of two others.
The play of his replacement, junior Mike Gilliard, has kept Robinson from reclaiming his starting job. Gilliard has a team-leading 54 tackles entering Saturday’s game against Auburn, and he has proven too valuable to be taken off the field.
“I’m basically the third- and fourth-down guy,” said Robinson, who has 28 tackles.
OHIO STATE: The NCAA has notified the school that it will face a “failure to monitor” charge in addition to more allegations of rules violations by its troubled football program.
It will also strip itself of five total football scholarships over the next three years.