Tulane came out strong against a strong and talented UCF team who was ranked #16 at the time and a fellow C-USA foe. Everything went right for the home-team Green Wave, quickly going up 14-0 after a big run from Darkwa and then a fumble recovery for a TD. UCF's O would continue to self-destruct ultimately losing 3 fumbles in the game. Tulane eventually went up 31-0 in the 3rd before caving in and giving up 14 points. MVP Orleans Darkwa went for 234 on 23 with a long of 59, pleading his case for the Doak Walker award.