NEW ORLEANS — Perhaps it was the chance to witness the first USF-Tulane game ever, or an opportunity to frolic in the French Quarter for a weekend. Or both.
Regardless, USF had one of its heartiest fan contingents for a road game in recent memory. The school reported 1,200 tickets for Saturday's contest were sold through its office, but the throng of Bulls fans in the northwest corner of Yulman Stadium appeared roughly three times that total.
Announced attendance was 17,256.
"This is what big-time programs do, show up in big numbers on the road," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said. "Our guys responded to their energy. We appreciate all who were here tonight. It was awesome."
The Bulls made the travelers' entire weekend worthwhile. On Friday night, the USF volleyball swept Tulane at Devlin Fieldhouse to snap a two-match skid.
OFFENSE IN CHUNKS: The Bulls had seven chunk plays (20 or more yards), three times as many as they totaled in last week's 33-3 romp of Cincinnati.
QB Quinton Flowers had a hand in five of them, including touchdown passes of 38 and 28 yards to Darnell Salomon and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, respectively.
With 138 rushing yards, Flowers supplanted Texas' Vince Young (3,129 yards) for 19th place on the all-time quarterback rushing list. Flowers entered the game with 3,207 career yards.
RECORD IN SIGHT: Senior MLB Auggie Sanchez failed to extend his streak of games with a pick-six to three, but he did nudge closer to the Bulls' career tackles record.
Sanchez had nine tackles (two for loss), giving him 351 for his career. That's only 16 shy of Kawika Mitchell's school mark.
STREAK SNAPPED: Senior PK Emilio Nadelman watched his school-record streak of consecutive made field goals end at 13 when his 47-yarder sailed wide right in the fourth quarter.
He later had a 35-yard try blocked. Tulane also blocked his second PAT, snuffing out one of the most impressive strings of solid kicking in USF lore.
ODDS AND ENDS: Tulane's 73-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter ended the USF defense's streak of six consecutive scoreless periods. … Tulane's sports-information staff left a vacant seat in the press box for USF assistant communications director Mike Radomski, who died in a car accident Oct. 12. A name card for Radomski was left at the seat. … DT Bruce Hector, under the weather before kickoff, didn't suit up until the last minute but started and finished with four tackles and a sack.