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Tulsa Grabs 20-13 Win Against SMU

Paul Smith threw two touchdown passes to Garrett Mills to beat SMU on Saturday
Paul Smith threw two touchdown passes to Garrett Mills to beat SMU on Saturday
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Oct. 22, 2005

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa used a 66-yard pass from Paul Smith to Garrett Mills in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and hold on for a 20-13 victory over the SMU Mustangs in front of a crowd of 22,502 at Skelly Stadium.

Tulsa All-America candidate, Mills, had his fifth 100+ receiving game this year with 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions.

After recovering a fumble on SMU's first offensive play, Tulsa drove 47 yards in 10 plays, and settled for a 36-yard Brad DeVault field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

SMU marched its first second quarter drive 71 yards in eight plays with an elapsed time of 2:50, as DeMyron Martin ran 11 yards for the score. Tulsa responded with a nine-play, 61-yard drive as Smith threw the final five yards to Mills for the touchdown.

The Mustangs wasted little time in tying the score on a 23-yard field goal, as SMU went 66 yards in seven plays taking 1:53 off the clock.

At halftime, the two teams went into the locker room tied 10-10. SMU held a 197 to 149-yard advantage in total offense. The Mustangs threw for 127 yards and rushed for 70, while Tulsa managed 111 pass yards and 38 on the ground.

After holding SMU on its first possession of the second half, Tulsa traveled 68 yards in 14 plays and took a 13-10 lead on a 24-yard Brad DeVault field goal with 7:59 remaining in the third quarter.

SMU tied the game at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter on a 23-yard field goal, but the Hurricane wasted little time in taking the lead back on the season-long 66-yard Smith to Mills pass play.

For the game, the two teams were pretty even in the statistical category as SMU had the edge in total offense, 337 to 323 yards. Tulsa gained 220 yards passing, and 103 rushing yards, while SMU gained 223 yards through the air and 114 yards rushing.