NCAAF: No. 19 Tulane tops Tulsa for fifth straight win

Tulane’s Tyjae Spears rushed for a season-high 157 yards and a touchdown as the No. 19 Green Wave stayed atop the American Athletic Conference with a 27-13 win at Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.

In his fourth 100-yard game, Spears carried 14 times and scored from 34 yards out in the second quarter to help Tulane (8-1, 5-0) take control with a 17-3 lead.

Michael Pratt completed 11 of 19 passes for 125 yards with TD tosses to Tyrick James and Shae Wyatt. He threw one interception. Shaadie Clayton-Johnson topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time with 106 yards on 14 carries.

Braylon Braxton was 13-of-25 passing for 146 yards with a TD pass to JuanCarlos Santana but Tulsa (3-6, 1-4) lost for the fifth time in six games.

A 55-yard run by Spears on the second play from scrimmage set up the visitors. Pratt finished it by zipping a strike of 10 yards to James.

Zack Long answered with a season-long 46-yard field goal on Tulsa’s first drive.

The Green Wave’s Valentino Ambrosio made a 20-yard kick to round out the first quarter scoring — giving Tulane a 72-13 advantage over the opposition in the first 15 minutes of 2022.

Spears ended an 88-yard drive at 6:10 of the second quarter by slicing through the Tulsa defense with his long run for a 17-3 advantage.

However, the home side gained momentum when Kendarin Ray intercepted Pratt with just over a minute left in the half. Braxton then tossed a 28-yard TD to Santana two plays later for a 17-10 halftime score.

On its first series of the second half, Wyatt put Tulane back up by two scores by hauling in a pass of 20 yards from Pratt to make it 24-10.

Long’s 40-yard boot trimmed it to 24-13.

Ambrosio’s 33-yard field goal inside the final minute completed the scoring as the Green Wave won for the fifth straight outing.

–Field Level Media

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