Hurricane Blows Past Mean Green, 41-24
Oct. 1, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - G.J. Kinne passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulsa to a 41-24 win over North Texas Saturday night in front of a crowd of 21,402 at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Kinne was 20-31, and completed at least three passes to all five TU receivers who had a reception in the game. Bryan Burnham had a career-high 101 receiving yards on six catches and his sixth touchdown of the season. Clay Sears had a career-high 71 receiving yards, boosted by a 60-yard reception.
The Golden Hurricane totaled 412 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per play, while North Texas totaled 391 yards in the game.
The Hurricane scoring was marked by quick-strike drives with three touchdown possessions that lasted fewer than two minutes and another that was just longer than three minutes. TU trailed in time of possession, 40:53 to 19:07, but scored on two interception returns and won by 17 points.
Trey Watts led the Golden Hurricane with 58 rushing yards. Willie Carter, who caught five passes for 69 yards, and Ricky Johnson, who had three catches for 43 yards, also scored a touchdown for TU. Carter added a rushing touchdown as well.
On the first North Texas drive of the second half McCoil intercepted Andrew McNulty and returned it 74 yards to extend the TU lead to 35-3.
Willie Carter ran in from two yards out to cap a five-play 81-yard drive that lasted 1:57 and made the score, 41-3, after a blocked extra point. A 60-yard pass from Kinne to Clay Sears fueled the scoring drive. It was the longest reception of the senior tight end's career.
Tulsa completed its scoring for the night with Carter's touchdown. North Texas reached the end zone three times in the fourth quarter on a five-yard run by Lance Dunbar, a five-yard pass from Brent Osborn to Dunbar, and a 26-yard pass from Osborn to Ivan Delgado in the final seconds.
Tulsa scored on three of its four first-half offensive possessions and gained 251 yards, taking a 28-3 lead into the locker room.
After forcing a three-and-out on the first drive of the game, Tulsa took just five plays to drive 76 yards ... the drive was capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Kinne to Bryan Burnham. It was Burnham's sixth touchdown reception this season.
On the ensuing North Texas drive, freshman Dwight Dobbins intercepted UNT's Andrew McNulty and took it back 36 yards to the end zone, giving TU a 14-0 lead.
The Mean Green drove down to the TU one-yard line, but for the second week in a row, the Hurricane defense held stout, keeping UNT out of the end zone with a goal line stand. Tulsa stopped an option play on fourth down
North Texas added a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, and the Golden Hurricane answered with a nine-play 80-yard drive capped by a 25-yard pass from Kinne to Willie Carter.
Tulsa kept North Texas off the scoreboard again when Tyrunn Walker blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt. The Hurricane took over on its own 25-yard line and drove 75 yards in 48 seconds to extend its lead to 28-3. Kinne pitched his third touchdown of the game, hitting Ricky Johnson with a 12-yard pass.
The Golden Hurricane takes a week off before facing UAB in Chapman Stadium on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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