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Tulsa Drops Season Opener at Iowa State 38-23

Trey Watts rushed for 125 yards at Iowa State Saturday
Trey Watts rushed for 125 yards at Iowa State Saturday
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Sept. 1, 2012

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AMES, Iowa - Iowa State overcame a 16-7 first quarter deficit and held off a fourth quarter comeback attempt by Tulsa for a 38-23 victory in front of the largest Iowa State opening day crowd of 54,931 fans at Jack Trice Stadium.

Tulsa led 16-7 after period number one, gaining 131 yards on 24 plays, but the Cyclones turned the tide in the second quarter outscoring the Hurricane 17-0 to take a 24-16 halftime lead. In the second period, ISU forced a Tulsa fumble and held the Hurricane to three-and-out on three of its next four possessions. The Cyclones out-gained the Hurricane in that quarter 201 to 56 yards.

The Cyclones kept their offensive attack in high gear in the third period when ISU went 82 yards in 12 plays, taking 3:26 off the clock, as James White raced the final six yards for a 31-16 lead with 5:08 remaining in the quarter. After building its15-point lead, the Cyclones punted on their next four possessions, but held on for the eventual victory.

Tulsa cut the Iowa State lead to eight points, 31-23 at the 9:12 mark of the fourth quarter, when the Hurricane went 92 yards in three plays and 1:02 off the clock, as Trey Watts' 77-yard run put Tulsa on the ISU seven-yard line, and two plays later Green connected with Keyarris Garrett on a four-yard TD.

After Iowa State punted the ball back to Tulsa with 6:53 remaining in the contest, the Hurricane offense went three and out and punted the ball back to the Cyclones. TU's defense held and forced an ISU punt with 3:38 left. After a first down thanks to a nifty sideline grab by Garrett, Green's fourth down pass was intercepted and returned to the Tulsa 10-yard line.

The final score of the game came on Johnson's five-yard rushing touchdown with two minutes remaining in the contest to give Iowa State a 38-23 advantage.

In the first quarter, Iowa State got on the scoreboard first on its second possession with a 43-yard pass play from Jantz to Josh Lenz at the 7:51 mark of the first quarter.

When Tulsa failed to score after a 59-yard kickoff return by Trey Watts to the ISU 36-yard line, a Hurricane punt put the Cyclones at the 3three-yard line. On the first play, Brentom Todd tackled Jeff Woody in the end zone for a 2-point safety.

Tulsa took the subsequent kick 56 yards in 10 plays as Douglas took a fourth-and-one handoff in for the score. Green threw the 2-point conversion to Thomas Roberson giving the Hurricane a 10-7 lead.

On Iowa State's subsequent possession, Demarco Nelson had his first interception in two years and took it 18 yards to the ISU 35-yard line setting up Tulsa's third score in less then seven minutes. Green connected with Roberson for a six-yard touchdown pass, capping the four-play drive in 0:59 seconds, but the PAT attempt by freshman Daniel Schwarz was blocked.

A completion to Burnham on Tulsa's first play of the second quarter was fumbled after a gain of 21 yards, and giving up the ball to the Cyclones at the Iowa State 49-yard line. Iowa State marched 51 yards in eight plays as quarterback Jantz raced in the final five yards for the Cyclones score, cutting the Hurricane lead to two points, 16-14.

Iowa State took its next possession for its third touchdown of the game, covering 70 yards in six plays and taking 1:53 off the clock as Jantz threw the final seven yards to Ernst Brun for a 21-16 lead following the extra point.

The Cyclones took a 24-16 lead as the first half clock hit 0:00 when Edwin Arceo knocked through a 30-yard field goal.

At the half, Iowa State held a 301 to 187-yard advantage in total offense. ISU threw for 240 yards and rushed for 53 yards, while the Hurricane gained 134 yards through the air and gained 53 yards on the ground.

On the day, Tulsa's Cody Green completed 23-of-49 passes for 198 yards and threw two touchdowns. Trey Watts surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third time in his career and ended the day with 125 yards and a new career long of 77, while backfield-mate Ja'Terian Douglas collected 11 rushes for 55 yards and a score. Bryan Burnham caught nine passes for 90 yards, while Thomas Roberson had four catches for 35 yards and a score.

Iowa State's Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, while Shontrelle Johnson gained 120 yards and one TD on the ground.

Tulsa opens the home season and the Conference USA campaign next Saturday with an 11:00 am game against the Tulane Green Wave. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased online at www.TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or stopping by the TU Athletic Ticket Office, Mon-Fri, 8:30-5 pm.

SCORING SUMMARY
Qtr.	Time	Team	Play		                                        Score
1	7:51	ISU	Steele Jantz 43 pass to Josh Lenz (Arceo PAT)	        0-7
1	6:39	Tulsa	Safety, Brentom Todd tackled Jeff Woody in end zone	2-7
1	2:31	Tulsa	Douglas 1 run (Green pass to Roberson)		        10-7
1	0:14	Tulsa	Cody Green 6 pass to Thomas Roberson (PAT blocked)	16-7
2	11:55	ISU	Steele Jantz 6 run (Arceo PAT)		                16-14
2	9:18	ISU	Steele Jantz 7 pass to Ernst Brun (Arceo PAT)	        16-21
2	0:00	ISU	Edwin Arceo 30 FG		                        16-24
3	5:08	ISU	James White 6 run (Arceo PAT)		                16-31
4	9:12	Tulsa	Cody Green 4 pass to Keyarris Garrett (Schwarz PAT)	23-31
4	2:00	ISU	Shontrelle Johnson 5 run (Arceo PAT)		        23-38