Oct. 3, 2009
Final Stats |
Tulsa game captains were G.J. Kinne, Mike Bryan and injured Charles Davis.
Tulsa wore blue helmets for the second straight game, with its white jerseys and white pants.
Rice won the toss and elected to receive.
Tulsa scored a touchdown on its first possession for the second straight game, after going the first three games with one field goal on their first possession (vs. Tulane).
It marked the fourth game this season that Tulsa led at the end of the first quarter and it was also the fourth game in which Tulsa did not allow a first quarter touchdown. Only Oklahoma scored a TD in the first quarter against the Hurricane.
True freshman Ricky Johnson had his first career reception with a 33-yard catch in the third quarter.
It was the third game that Tulsa held the opponent scoreless in the third quarter, including New Mexico, Sam Houston State and Rice.
Tulsa's 91-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter was the longest of the season. The previous-best was 82 yards against New Mexico.
A.J. Whitmore had his 15th career touchdown, and his fifth receiving. He also has 10 career rushing TDs. It was his first receiving TD this season, and his second overall touchdown.
It was the third game this year that the opposition did not rush for more than 60 yards, including Tulane (39) and New Mexico (55). Rice had 47 rushing yards.
Rice's 47 rushing yards was the lowest for a Tulsa opponent since holding North Texas to 27 rushing yards in 2006.
Tulsa evened the series against Rice 7-7-1 with the victory.
Damaris Johnson moved into 10th on the C-USA career kickoff return yardage chart with 1,732 yards, surpassing Ketric Sanford (Houston) in 11th and Fred Smith (Tulane) in 10th.
Tulsa has not allowed a rushing touchdown through five games this year.