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Tulane Football vs Rice Highlights, 11/3/2012

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Published on Nov 4, 2012

Come-Back Effort Falls Short As Football Falls To Rice, 49-47
Griffin sets single-game passing record for second-straight week; Santos breaks his own field goal mark in loss

It was a classic case of good news/bad news for the Tulane University football team when they walked off the field on Saturday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

On the good side, senior quarterback Ryan Griffin broke his own single-game passing record with 476 yards, junior kicker Cairo Santos followed suit in the field goal department with a record-long 57-yard boot, and the Green Wave rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to take a second-half lead.

The bad news, however, came in the format of a season-high five turnovers, the inability to get a stop on defense late and a failed two-point conversion as Tulane dropped a 49-47 Homecoming decision to Conference USA foe Rice. With the loss, Tulane fell to 2-7 on the year and 2-3 in C-USA play. The Owls, meanwhile, won their second-straight contest to improve to 4-6 on the year and 2-4 in league action.

"You just can't overcome five turnovers," first-year Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "It is so hard with an inexperienced team. Even though Ryan Griffin played great again, we just have to get off to a better start and convert on third downs. But the big difference was our turnovers. And their quarterback was outstanding on the other side."

Griffin, who set a then-Tulane record with 466 yards last week against UAB, completed 28-of-49 passes and threw four touchdown passes in his second-straight record-setting day. His 33-yard scoring strike to junior Wilson Van Hooser with 56 seconds left to play - Van Hooser's second scoring reception of the game - made things interesting as it cut an eight-point deficit down to a pair.

Tulane went for two in an attempt to tie the game and potentially send things into overtime, but Griffin's pass to junior Ryan Grant in the back on the endzone was batted away by Owls' cornerback Phillip Gaines. The Green Wave lined up for an on-sides attempt on the ensuing kickoff, and while Santos' kick was a perfect two-hopper which bounced high in the air, Rice tight end Taylor Cook was able to come away with the ball in a scrum to preserve the Owls' victory.

Griffin's becomes just the second player in Tulane history to post consecutive 400-yard passing games - equaling the feat of Patrick Ramsey in 1999 - and becomes the first Green Wave quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in four consecutive games since J.P. Losman did so in the first four games of the 2003 season.

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