Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 30th 2022

Stadium: TDECU Stadium Houston
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Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen is looking for an all-around improvement from his Cougars, and not all of it has to do with them splitting the first four games of the season.

After starting the campaign ranked No. 24, the season started on a high note for Houston, after beating UTSA 37-35 in three overtimes. But now, it there may be tension within the program.



The Cougars (2-2) will look to sort out some of those problems when they host American Athletic Conference foe Tulane (3-1) Friday night in the conference opener.

In his fourth year at Houston's helm, Holgorsen has become frustrated with his squad.

"Tired of yelling at them. Tired of motivating them. Tired of all that crap," Holgorsen said after last Saturday's 34-27 win over Rice.

The Cougars' defense had to come to the rescue against the Owls.

With the game tied at 27, Nelson Ceaser returned a fumble 11 yards for a score. Thabo Mwaniki picked off a tipped pass on the next series to help seal the win.

After two convincing wins to open the season, the Green Wave -- a two-touchdown underdog at Kansas State -- stunned the Wildcats 17-10 on Sept. 17.

However, the euphoria of the 3-0 start was dashed in last weekend's 27-24 home loss to Southern Mississippi.

Tulane's Tyjae Spears rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 74 yards.

But it wasn't enough to keep the Golden Eagles from prevailing. Despite the setback, Tulane is 3-1 to start a season for the first time since 2019.

"We feel like there's no reason you can't win big here," Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said. "We've come really close a few years where we just didn't get it done and it could have been eight-, nine- and 10-win seasons."

Houston has won the past two meetings with the Green Wave and owns a 19-7 edge in the all-time series.

--Field Level Media

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Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars

Clayton Tune threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as Houston rallied to win its belated season opener, defeating visiting Tulane 49-31 in an American Athletic Conference game Thursday night.

The Cougars showed the effects of four cancellations and one postponement as they fell behind 24-3 early in the second quarter and committed four first-half turnovers. Houston finished with five turnovers and no takeaways.

But Tune, whose two turnovers resulted in the Green Wave's first two touchdowns, led the comeback by completing 20 of 33 passes for 319 yards. He was intercepted twice.

One of his touchdown tosses went to Marquez Stevenson, who had five catches for 188 yards and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that gave Houston the lead for good.

Freshman quarterback Michael Pratt made his first start for the Green Wave (2-2, 0-2) and struggled, completing 11 of 25 for 141 with one touchdown. He was sacked six times.

The Cougars took their first lead at 28-24 when Mulbah Car ran 3 yards for a touchdown that began the second-half scoring midway through the third quarter.

Pratt threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jha'Quan Jackson on the ensuing possession to give the Green Wave a 31-28 lead.

Stevenson's kickoff return and Kyle Porter's 1-yard touchdown run gave Houston a 42-31 lead late in the third quarter.

Tune connected with Stevenson for a 41-yard touchdown pass that pushed the edge to 49-31 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Cougars' first possession of the season ended when Macon Clark intercepted Tune and ran 64 yards for a touchdown.

Houston evened the score on the ensuing possession when Car ran 5 yards for a touchdown.

On the Cougars' next possession, Kevin Henry sacked Tune and caused a fumble that Jeffery Johnson recovered and returned 1 yard for a touchdown. Merek Glover kicked a 39-yard field goal that increased the Green Wave's lead to 17-7 late in the first quarter.

Pratt boost the advantage to 24-7 with a 1-yard touchdown run, but Tune answered with a 1-yard scoring run of his own and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ke'Andre Street, cutting Houston's deficit to 24-21 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

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