NEW ORLEANS -- Corey Dauphine broke free for two long scoring sprints in the first half and Tulane rolled over Nicholls State 42-17 on Saturday night.
Dauphine, who finished with 152 yards on six carries, rushed for 107 yards and two scores on just two carries in the first half. Dauphine got loose for scores of 38 and 69 yards in successive possessions to give Tulane a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Nicholls, coming off a 26-23 upset of Kansas in overtime last week, closed to 28-17 early in the final quarter after Dontrell Taylor scampered in from 32 yards out. Dauphine answered with a 35-yard rushing TD.
Tulane (1-1), which lost to Wake Forest 23-17 in overtime last week, led wire-to-wire against Nicholls.
Chase Fourcade threw for 239 yards and a score and rushed for 53 yards for the Colonels (1-1).
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Two top-10 teams have not squared off at Notre Dame Stadium since 2005.
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