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Pratt with 4 TDs; Tulane wins 3rd straight, beats USF 45-31

Oct 15, 2022, 5:40 AM | Updated: 5:45 pm

Tulane defensive back Jarius Monroe (11) breaks up a pass intended for South Florida wide receiver ...

Tulane defensive back Jarius Monroe (11) breaks up a pass intended for South Florida wide receiver Xavier Weaver (10) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Pratt accounted for four touchdowns and Tulane pulled away in the second half for a 45-31 victory over South Florida on Saturday.

Pratt was 23-of-35 passing for 329 yards with two touchdown passes and a pair of short-yardage TD runs. Tyjae Spears added 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Tulane (6-1, 3-0 American Conference), which has won three straight.

Spears ran up the middle, slipped a tackle and then ran 75 yards into the end zone to give Tulane a 24-17 advantage. Pratt’s touchdown pass and run in the fourth stretched the lead to 45-24 with 9:08 remaining.

Jha’Quan Jackson had seven receptions for 86 yards to lead the Green Wave. Duece Watts and Dea Dea McDougle each had a touchdown catch.

Katravis Marsh and Gerry Bohanon were a combined 14-of-23 passing for 259 yards for South Florida (1-6, 0-3). Marsh threw two touchdown passes and Bohanon tossed one TD pass and ran for another score.

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