Tulane's slide in the 2011 season continues.

Rice beat Tulane 19-7 Saturday in Houston. The defeat was the 9th consecutive for the Green Wave.

The Rice defense, statiscally, one of the worst in the FBS, held the Green Wave to 237 total yards. Only a fourth quarter 7 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin to Xavier Rush helped the Wave avoid a shutout.

Tyler Smith scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 12 yards for the Owls. Smith ran 25 times for 145 yards.

Tulane (2-10) closes out the season at Hawaii.