Tulane plays solidly in 24-8 win at FAU
The winning continues for Tulane.
The Green Wave (10-1, 7-0) made it nine straight wins with a solid 24-8 victory at FAU Saturday in Boca Raton for their ninth consecutive victory.
The outcome was never in doubt.
In his return to his hometown, Michael Pratt celebrated a very good performance by setting another Tulane record.
Pratt, who attended high school at Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach High schools, played well from start to finish.
Pratt became Tulane’s all-time passing leader, now at 9,239 passing yards in his illustrious career.
Tulane head coach Willie Fritz did not mince words afterwards.
“He’s the greatest quarterback in Tulane history,” Fritz said.
Given the accomplishments of Pratt and his teams, that is hard to dispute.
Pratt was sharp, completing 21-of-28 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns
Tulane took a 7-0 first quarter lead, driving 77 yards in five plays with Pratt hitting Chris Carter with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 5:10 to play in the opening quarter.
The Green Wave got good field position and drove 58 yards in nine plays with Pratt connecting with Chris Brazzell II on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first minute of the second quarter to make it 14-0, which was the halftime score.
Pratt continued his fine day, leading Tulane on an 11 play, 55-yard drive in the third quarter, culminating with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Carter to make it 21-0 with 7:39 to play in the third quarter.
The lead grew to 24-0 on a 20-yard field goal by Valentino Ambrosio in the final minute of the third quarter.
The Owls averted a shutout, driving 75 yards in 15 plays with Daniel Richardson hitting Khalil Brantley with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 8:58 to play in the game.
In the absence of Jha’Quan Jackson and Lawrence Keys, Brazzell stepped up, catching seven passes for 103 yards and a score.
While 24 points is not overwhelming and a 16-point win is not a blowout, it felt that way after the last several weeks for the Green Wave, who won their previous four games by a total of 14 points.
There was no drama, suspense, or nail-biting for Tulane fans today.
The win was important for Tulane.
The Green Wave remain the highest ranked team outside of the power conferences, positioned well to return to a New Year’s Six Bowl game again.
Tulane remains unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play and can guarantee a spot in the league championship game with a win over UTSA Friday.
That will not come easily.
The Roadrunners are red hot and a high scoring outfit.
UTSA (8-3, 7-0) blasted South Florida 49-21 Friday night and will come to New Orleans next Friday with an extra day’s rest since Tulane played Saturday. The Roadrunners have won seven straight games and have averaged 41 points in those seven victories.
Tulane, UTSA and SMU are all 7-0 in league play after the Mustangs outscored Memphis 38-34 Saturday.
SMU hosts Navy next Saturday.
The two teams with the best winning percentage reach the title game.
With SMU likely to beat Navy, Tulane will need a win over UTSA to earn its way into the championship game.
If the Green Wave can play defense as it did today and if the offense can finish another drive or two, I would not bet against Tulane.
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