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Tulsa Falls at UTEP 28-24

Charles Clay runs through UTEP defenders. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)
Charles Clay runs through UTEP defenders. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)
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Oct. 21, 2009

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EL PASO, Texas -- Tulsa scored 24 unanswered points to take an 11-point lead on UTEP in the second half, but could not hold on late and fell, 28-24, Wednesday evening at Sun Bowl Stadium.

After falling behind 13-0, Tulsa scored a touchdown in the second quarter, and came out of halftime roaring to a 24-13 lead. However, UTEP scored twice in the final 6:25 and converted a two-point attempt to make the score, 28-24. The Miners took the lead on a touchdown run with 00:29 remaining in the game.

Tulsa gained 428 total yards, including 204 rushing and 224 passing. UTEP gained 446 total yards, with 175 rushing and 271 passing.

Charles Clay gained a season-high 158 total yards - rushing 16 times for 84 yards and one TD, and catching four passes for 74 yards. G.J. Kinne was 11-of-23 passing for 192 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Slick Shelley had five receptions for 98 yards. UTEP's Donald Buckram rushed for 165 yards and the final two TDs of the game.

Tulsa took its first lead of the game at the 5:44 mark of the third quarter as the Hurricane drove 94 yards in 11 plays with Clay going in from one yard out, as Tulsa took a 14-13 lead.

The Hurricane added a third quarter field goal covering 24 yards by Kevin Fitzpatrick, as Tulsa went 83 yards in 11 plays for the score and a 17-13 advantage.

After three quarters of play the Hurricane held a 17-13 lead, while the Tulsa defense held the Miners to just 40 yards in the third period and the Hurricane offense amassed 190 yards of total offense.

Tulsa opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard Kinne run around left end at the 12:37 mark for a 24-13 lead. The Hurricane scoring drive went 66 yards in six plays and 2:35.

UTEP took the opening kickoff 45 yards in seven plays, but the Tulsa defense forced the Miners to kick a 32-yard field goal. It was the first opening drive score against the Hurricane this season.

After a Tulsa fumble on its' first possession gave the Miners the ball at their own 47-yard line, UTEP went 30 yards in seven plays and settled for a 40-yard field goal. The Miners scored again on an 80-yard pass from Trevor Vittatoe to Donovan Kemp to take a 13-0 lead at the 4:28 mark of the first period.

Tulsa put its first points on the board at the 13:33 mark of the second quarter as the Hurricane marched 70 yards in five plays and scored on A.J. Whitmore's 19-yard touchdown run from the wildcat formation.

The Miners was on the verge of scoring again until Tulsa's Dexter McCoil picked off a Vittatoe pass in the end zone. Tulsa's offense marched to the UTEP 36-yard line before being forced to punt.

At halftime, the Miners had 278 to 165-yard advantage in total offense, but led by just six points, thanks to a Tulsa defensive effort that intercepted two UTEP passes deep in Tulsa territory. The first pick-off came in the end zone by McCoil and the second at the two-yard line by John Destin.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

UTEP (12:17) - Logan Barrett 32 FG 0-3
UTEP (8:40) - Logan Barrett 40 FG 0-6
UTEP (4:28) - Trevor Vittatoe 80 pass to Donovan Kemp (Barrett PAT) 0-13

2nd Quarter

Tulsa (13:33) - A.J. Whitmore 19 run (Fitzpatrick PAT) 7-13

3rd Quarter

Tulsa (5:44) - Charles Clay 1 run (Fitzpatrick PAT) 14-13
Tulsa (1:07) - Kevin Fitzpatrick 24 FG 17-13

4th Quarter

Tulsa (12:37) - G.J. Kinne 1 run (Fitzpatrick PAT) 24-13
UTEP (6:25) - Donald Buckram 8 run (Vittatoe pass to Shadrawy) 24-21
UTEP (0:28) - Donald Buckram 3 run (Barrett PAT) 24-28