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Tulsa Falls to No. 4 Boise State 41-21

Tulsa senior linebacker Curnelius Arnick led Tulsa with a career-high-tying 18 tackles.
Tulsa senior linebacker Curnelius Arnick led Tulsa with a career-high-tying 18 tackles.
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BOISE, Idaho -- The nation's fourth-ranked Boise State Broncos jumped out to an early lead and had a 27-0 advantage at halftime Saturday en route to a 41-21 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 34,019 fans at Bronco Stadium, the fourth largest crowd in Boise State history.

Boise State improved to 3-0 on the season as Tulsa fell to 1-3, with all three losses coming against teams ranked among the nation's top-7.

The Broncos outgained the Hurricane 458-291, while throwing for 327 yards and rushing for 131 yards. Tulsa gained 136 yards through the air and 155 on the ground. BSU's Kellen Moore completed 23-of-29 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns. After a rough first half with three interceptions, Tulsa's G.J. Kinne finished the game by completing 14 passes for 123 yards and one TD.

After trailing 27-0 at halftime, the Hurricane outscored Boise State 21-14 in the second half as Tulsa scored on two pass plays and one run.

Boise State began the second half by taking its' first possession 54 yards for a 34-0 lead at the 9:25 mark of the third period. The 10-yard pass from Moore to Mitch Burroughs capped the eight-play, 54-yard drive.

The Hurricane scored on consecutive possessions in the second half, cutting the Boise State lead to 34-14 early in the second half. Tulsa scored its first points of the game on an 80-yard, 13-play drive that was culminated when Trey Watts took a perfect direct snap from center Trent Dupy three yards for the touchdown. The Hurricane started the fourth quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kinne to Willie Carter, capping a 55-yard, five-play drive in an elapsed time of 1:33.

Boise State scored its 41st point on a 12-yard, three-play drive following Tulsa's fourth turnover of the game. The Broncos took at 41-14 lead with 6:27 remaining in the contest on a five-yard pass play.

Tulsa responded with an eight-play, 59-yard drive as backup quarterback Kalen Henderson led the Hurricane to a touchdown with a 13-yard scoring pass to Ricky Johnson.

The Broncos took the game's opening kickoff 77 yards in 15 plays to the one-yard line, but the Hurricane defense held on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. On the Tulsa possession, the Hurricane offense couldn't get a first down and was forced to punt, as the Broncos began their second drive on the Tulsa 37-yard line.

It took the Broncos just three plays to put its first points on the board as Moore threw the final 26 yards to Tyler Shoemaker for the touchdown, capping a 37-yard, three-play drive.

The Broncos took its' next possession 59 yards in 11 plays to take a 13-0 lead at the 1:44 mark of the first quarter as Moore connected for the sixth time this year with Shoemaker on a touchdown.

On Tulsa's subsequent possession, a Kinne pass was intercepted by Jerrell Gavins at the BSU 35-yard line and four plays later Doug Martin raced 33 yards to finish off a 65-yard drive in just 1:36 to take a 20-0 lead at the 14:25 mark of the second quarter.

After a three-and-out for the Hurricane offense, the Tulsa defense did the same to the Broncos offense forcing a three-and-out. But another interception on a Tulsa screen pass gave BSU the ball at its own 42-yard line with 9:14 on the second-quarter clock. The Tulsa defense again held the Broncos on three downs, but a third interception gave Boise State the ball at the Tulsa 49-yard line.

The Broncos marched 49 yards in nine plays to take a 27-0 lead when Moore threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Efaw.

At halftime, it was total domination by the home team as the Broncos tallied 314 yards to Tulsa's 90 total yards. The Hurricane ran just 21 plays in taking 8:58 off the clock, while Boise State ran 30 more plays than the Hurricane with 51 offensive snaps in 21:02.

Tulsa returns home to play host to North Texas on Saturday, October 1. Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm.

Qtr.	Time	Team	Play		Score
1	6:34	BSU	Kellen Moore 26 pass to Tyler Shoemaker (Kick Blk)	0-6
1	1:44	BSU	Kellen Moore 6 pass to Tyler Shoemaker (Goodale Kick)	0-13
2	14:25	BSU	Doug Martin 33 run (Goodale Kick)		0-20
2	2:12	BSU	Kellen Moore 1 pass to Kyle Efaw (Goodale Kick)	0-27
3	9:25	BSU	Kellen Moore 10 pass to Mitch Burroughs (Goodale Kick)	0-34
3	4:11	Tulsa	Trey Watts 3 run (Fitzpatrick Kick)		7-34
4	14:55	Tulsa	G.J. Kinne 8 pass to Willie Carter (Fitzpatrick Kick)	14-34
4	6:27	BSU	Joe Southwick 5 pass to Gabe Linehan (Goodale Kick)	14-41
4	3:19	Tulsa	Kalen Henderson 13 pass to Ricky Johnson (Fitzpatrick Kick)	21-41