2nd-half explosion propels Houston over Tulane

2nd-half explosion propels Houston over Tulane

Published Oct. 18, 2009 2:59 a.m. ET

Worried that his players looked uptight at halftime, coach Kevin Sulman reminded No. 23 Houston that football is supposed to be fun.

For Tulane, the misery commenced shortly thereafter.

Case Keenum threw for 334 yards and two scores, and Houston exploded for 37 second-half points in a 44-16 victory over the Green Wave on Saturday.

"It just didn't look like to me we were having any fun" in the first half, Sulman said. "It looked like we were out here, not going through the motions, but just pressing. We had some things that were a little bit off early in the first half and guys were beating themselves up at halftime. We'd only given up two field goals, so there wasn't any reason to panic. They needed to just play."