Tulsa Steams Rice 38-20
Oct. 22, 2011
HOUSTON - The Tulsa defense forced three turnovers in the first quarter leading to 17 points, and the Golden Hurricane went on to a 38-20 victory in front 17,314 fans at Rice Stadium.
The victory moved the Hurricane to 4-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in Conference USA play, while Rice fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in C-USA action. It was Tulsa's second conference road win of the season.
Tulsa's G.J. Kinne completed 21-of-34 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns, while Willie Carter caught nine passes for a career-best 160 yards. Trey Watts gained 100 total yards, with 68 on the ground and 32 receiving.
In the game, the Hurricane had two drives that covered 139 in 24 plays that resulted in no points, while Tulsa's first four scoring drives covered just 16 plays and 145 yards.
The Hurricane looked as though they'd start the second half the same way they did in the first half with a touchdown, however, Rice forced a 35-yard field goal attempt that Kevin Fitzpatrick, who earlier made a career-long 52-yarder, missed wide left this time.
The Rice took possession of the ball and pinned the Tulsa offense at the 3-yard line, while the Hurricane had to punt three plays later. The Owls took over possession at the Tulsa 41-yard line after a Hurricane punt and put up three more points with a 36-yard field goal to make the sore 24-13.
Tulsa ended its second half scoring drought at the 11:41 mark of the final stanza as Kinne led the Hurricane on a 9-play, 80-yard drive as Watts ran in from three yards out to put the visitors ahead 31-13.
Rice cut into the Hurricane lead to make it 31-20 with a 76-yard, 10-play drive that saw the Owls score from two yards out on a Turner Petersen run. Tulsa responded to increase its lead to 38-21 when Kinne connected on a 41-yard pass to Ricky Johnson for the touchdown, capping the 76-yard seven-play scoring drive.
On the opening possession of the game senior linebacker Curnelius Arnick, who led Tulsa with 12 tackles, intercepted a Rice pass on the first play and the Hurricane offense went 26 yards in four plays and 1:23, as Kinne sneaked in for a one-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Hurricane capitalized on another interception as Dexter McCoil's pick-off gave the Tulsa offense the ball at the Rice 34-yard line. Six plays later, Kinne connected on a 13-yard catch and run by Watts for a 14-0 lead with less than five minutes gone in the first quarter.
Tulsa made the score 17-0 with 4:37 left in the first quarter as Kevin Fitzpatrick kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal. The Hurricane score came after the defense forced a third Rice turnover on the home team's third offensive possession as Jared St. John caused the fumble and recovered by Shawn Jackson.
The Hurricane scored 17 first quarter points, while gaining just 61 yards of total offense. Tulsa's defense held the Owls to 48 yards, 2.5 yards per play and forced three turnovers in the first period.
Rice scored its first points of the game on a 32-yard Chris Boswell field goal at the 11:18 mark of the second quarter, cutting Tulsa's lead to 17-3.
Tulsa took the subsequent possession 76 yards to the Rice one-yard line and with 6:48 remaining on the first half clock Kinne fumbled into the end zone as the Owls recovered and took over at their own 20-yard line.
The Hurricane scored its third touchdown of the game with 0:56 before halftime as Kinne connected on the left sideline with Carter for Tulsa's longest touchdown pass of the season, a 64-yarder, to take a 24-0 lead. The Owls took the subsequent kickoff 66 yards in six plays, covering just 0:51, as Nick Fanuzzi threw 40 yards to Luke Willson for the touchdown.
Tulsa went into halftime with a 24-10 lead, as the Hurricane held a 226 to 161-yard advantage in total offense. Seventy-seven of those yards for Tulsa went for naught when the Hurricane fumbled at the Rice one-yard line. Rice's longest drive of the first half came on its final 66-yard touchdown drive before halftime.
In the first half, Kinne connected on 12-of-15 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while Carter had 105 yards receiving and one TD on five receptions.
Tulsa will return home next Saturday to host the SMU Mustangs on Homecoming. Game time is scheduled for 2:40 pm from H.A. Chapman Stadium.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 13:15 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 1 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 7-0 1 10:03 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 13 pass to Trey Watts (Fitzpatrick kick) 14-0 1 4:37 Tulsa Kevin Fitzpatrick 52 FG 17-0 2 11:18 Rice Chris Boswell 32 FG 17-3 2 0:56 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 64 pass to Willie Carter (Fitzpatrick kick) 24-3 2 0:05 Rice Nick Fanuzzi 40 pass to Luke Willson (Boswell kick) 24-10 3 5:36 Rice Chris Boswell 36 FG 24-13 4 11:41 Tulsa Trey Watts 3 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 31-13 4 5:47 Rice Turner Petersen 2 run (Boswell kick) 31-20 4 2:36 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 41 pass to Ricky Johnson (Fitzpatrick kick) 38-20
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