(Saturday, September 12th)
Final Score: (9) BYU 54, Tulane 3
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Max Hall threw a pair of touchdown passes, while J.J. Di Luigi and Bryan Kariya each scored twice, as ninth-ranked BYU stomped Tulane, 54-3, coming off its biggest win in nearly 20 years.
The Cougars (2-0) upended third-ranked Oklahoma in a thrilling 14-13 win last Saturday to garner their first triumph over a top-10 team since 1990.
For an encore, the boys from Provo posted a solid showing on both sides of the ball with a whopping 527 yards of total offense while limiting Tulane to 162.
Hall led the way with 309 yards passing on 24-of-32 efficiency, while McKay Jacobson hauled in three passes for 79 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown.
Di Luigi paced the ground game with 71 yards on 12 carries, rushing for two scores, while Kariya rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a score and caught a 12- yard touchdown.
Tulane used three quarterbacks but came up with similar results, as starter Joe Kemp was the best of them with 101 yards passing on 14-of-19 throws. He and Kevin Moore both threw an interception, accounting for half of the team's four turnovers.
Jeremy Williams had five receptions for 56 yards for the Green Wave (0-2), who suffered a 37-13 defeat at the hands of Tulsa to open the season.
"We played a really good football team today. They deserve their ranking," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "They're an experienced team. They're a very mature team. They know how to win -- they've been winning for a long time. You can't make that many mistakes against that type of team and even make it competitive."
Tulane held its ground in the early going, as Mitch Payne's 41-yard field goal for BYU was the first quarter's only points. Payne hit again from 20 yards out less than a minute into the second stanza.
Ross Thevenot posted what would be the Green Wave's only points with a 29-yard field goal on the ensuing possession, but it was all Cougars from there.
Kariya found the end zone on a one-yard score just 2 1/2 minutes later, and Kemp threw a pick on Tulane's first play on their ensuing turn. Brian Logan returned it 21 yards to the Green Wave 38-yard-line, and Hall hit Kariya for a 12-yard touchdown shortly thereafter for a 20-3 halftime lead.
Di Luigi's three-yard TD run opened the second half, and Hall connected with Jacobson for a 38-yard scoring play on BYU's next series for a 34-3 advantage after three quarters.
The Cougars then poured it on in the fourth with 20 additional points. Di Luigi rushed for a one-yard TD, and Jordan Pendleton recovered a fumble on Tulane's first turn with the ball and ran it in for a 12-yard score.
Riley Nelson capped the barrage with a one-yard TD run with 8:15 still on the clock.
Andre Anderson led an anemic rushing attack for the Green Wave with 36 yards on 12 carries. Tulane had 37 total yards on the ground...Cougars standout tight end Dennis Pitta had a team-high four catches for 47 yards...Kariya had two catches for 23 yards in the win. BYU's Luke Ashworth hauled in three balls for 49 yards while O'Neill Chambers was the recipient of four passes and gained 38 yards.
09/12 20:34:04 ET