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Tulsa Tames Lobos 44-10

G.J. Kinne (File Photo)
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Sept. 12, 2009

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Albuquerque, New Mexico -- Tulsa went over 400 yards in total offense and the defense forced three turnovers en route to a 30-10 victory over New Mexico in front of 30,051 fans at University Stadium on Saturday night.

The Hurricane improved to 2-0 on the season, while New Mexico dropped to 0-2. Tulsa goes on the road for the third straight week next Saturday as the Hurricane travels down the turnpike to face the Oklahoma Sooners.

Tulsa's offense amassed 489 yards as sophomore quarterback G.J. Kinne completed 22-of-35 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries. Damaris Johnson caught four passes for his third career 100+ receiving game, amassing 101 yards. The Tulsa defense held the Lobos to 171 total yards, a 3.1 average per play and just six first downs, while forcing four turnovers.

It was the special teams that helped get the Hurricane on the board first, and it wasn't a return by specialist Damaris Johnson.

Michael Such's first punt traveled 55 yards, and Jamad Williams forced UNM returner Frank Solomon into a fumble, which was recovered by Tulsa's George Clinkscale at the UNM 16-yard line. The Hurricane offense pushed the ball over from one-yard out on a Charles Clay carry, capping the four-play drive.

New Mexico scored three points before time elapsed in the first quarter on a James Aho 48-yard field goal, making the score 7-3.

Kevin Fitzpatrick gave Tulsa a seven-point lead, 10-3, with a 36-yard field goal at the 9:29 mark of the second period.

Tulsa closed out the first half with an 11-play, 56-yard drive that ended in a two-yard pass from Kinne to Trae Johnson with 0:38 to play on the game clock.

The Hurricane took the second-half kickoff 82 yards in six plays as Kinne completed a pass in the slot, as Jamad Williams took it to the end zone for a 21-yard completion.

It was the first of four second-half touchdowns for the Hurricane.

Tulsa added another third quarter score on a 17-yard Kinne pass to Slick Shelley, capping a 74-yard, 12-play drive.

Tulsa marched to the Lobos nine-yard line poised for another score, when a Kinne fumble resulted in a 92-yard fumble return by UNM's Tray Hardaway giving the Lobos 10 points.

The Hurricane scored twice more after that turnover, as Kinne threw 25 yards to Shelley and Jacob Bower completed a 28-yard pass to Trae Johnson in the corner of the end zone.

Scoring Summary 1st Quarter
Tulsa (10:19) - Charles Clay 1 run (Fitzpatrick PAT) 7-0
UNM (0:00) - James Aho 48 FG 7-3

2nd Quarter
Tulsa (9:29) - Kevin Fitzpatrick 36 FG 10-3
Tulsa (0:38) - G.J. Kinne 2 pass to Trae Johnson (Fitzpatrick PAT) 17-3

3rd Quarter
Tulsa (12:44) - G.J. Kinne 21 pass to Jamad Williams (Fitzpatrick NG) 23-3
Tulsa (4:02) - G.J. Kinne 17 pass to Slick Shelley (Fitzpatrick PAT) 30-3

4th Quarter
UNM (14:16) - Tray Hardaway 92 fumble recovery return (Aho PAT) 30-10
Tulsa (9:48) - G.J. Kinne 25 pass to Slick Shelley (Fitzpatrick PAT) 37-10
Tulsa (7:25) - Jacob Bower 21 pass to Trae Johnson (Fitzpatrick PAT) 44-10