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TU defensive lineman Daeshon Bufford (56) makes a tackle on SMU running back Zach Line (48). The Golden Hurricane defeated the Mustangs, 38-7, on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
TU defensive lineman Daeshon Bufford (56) makes a tackle on SMU running back Zach Line (48). The Golden Hurricane defeated the Mustangs, 38-7, on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
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Oct. 29, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa forced five turnovers and gained 451 yards of offense on its way to a 38-7 Homecoming win over Conference USA rival SMU in front of a crowd of 21,261 Saturday afternoon at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

The 31-point margin of victory was the largest in the 19-game series between the two schools, and the Hurricane held the Mustangs to its lowest scoring output of the season.

The Golden Hurricane (5-3, 4-0 C-USA), which ran 53 plays in SMU territory, gained 274 yards through the air and 177 on the ground. TU held SMU (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) to just 265 yards of total offense, more than 160 yards and 22 points below its average for the season.

"That was a great win for our program, a great win for our team, and we had a great week of practice," Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship said. "I'm using the term `great' a lot, but we really had an exceptional week of practice. It's really nice as a coach when that translates onto the performance on the field. I guess that's what I'm most proud of. Our guys were very mature all week and really got serious about it. They really brought their `A' game."

Milton Howell picked off three passes in the first half, tying a school record for interceptions. The last player to accomplish that feat was Marco Nelson against Houston last season.

G.J. Kinne completed 24-of-36 passes and one touchdown - a 40-yard laser to Willie Carter that reached the final score of 38-7 with 2:49 left in the third quarter. For the second straight week, Carter put up career-high numbers, catching 13 passes for 173 yards.

Alex Singleton pounded out 42 yards on 16 carries, scoring a career-high three touchdowns. Trey Watts led TU with 53 rushing yards, and Ja'Terian Douglas ran for an additional 41 yards.

The TU defense forced seven punts, in addition to the five turnovers, and held SMU to just 2-of-13 conversions on third down.

SMU took advantage of a Tulsa fumble to begin the second half and reached the end zone for the first time in the game. Zach Line rushed in from 17 yards out to complete a five-play, 73-yard drive.

The Golden Hurricane answered immediately with a 74-yard drive that took 5:23. Singleton leaped over the pile for a one-yard touchdown to make the score 31-7.

After an SMU punt, TU ran two plays and Kinne fired a 40-yard strike to Carter to give the Hurricane a 38-7 advantage.

Alan Dock stopped the Mustangs' last attempt to reach the end zone when he picked his second interception of the season in the painted zone, allowing Tulsa to run out the clock.

Tulsa got on the scoreboard first with a 22-yard field goal by Kevin Fitzpatrick, capping a 48-yard drive following an SMU punt.

Milton Howell intercepted J.J. McDermott and returned it to the 20 yard line. The Hurricane then pounded forward with five straight Alex Singleton runs for the first touchdown of the game.

After the TU defense forced another punt, Tulsa started on the 25 yard line and used six plays to reach the end zone again. Kinne rolled out to the right and took it in himself from two yards out to extend the lead to 17-0.

The Golden Hurricane ran its lead to 24-0 on Singleton's second touchdown run of the half from one yard away. The score capped a 10-play, 73-yard drive by the Hurricane.

TU allowed no points in the first half of a game for the first time since it shut out New Mexico on Sept. 20, 2008 in the opening game of the renovated H.A. Chapman Stadium.

Tulsa has a short week before it heads to Orlando to take on UCF Thursday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

SCORING SUMMARY
Qtr.	Time	Team	Play		                                     Score
1	6:34	Tulsa	Kevin Fitzpatrick 22 FG		                     3-0
1	3:38	Tulsa	Alex Singleton 2 run (Fitzpatrick kick)		     10-0
2	14:56	Tulsa	G.J. Kinne 2 run (Fitzpatrick kick)		     17-0
2	5:32	Tulsa	Singleton 1 run (Fitzpatrick kick)		     24-0
3	10:38	SMU	Zach Line 17 run (Chase Hover kick)		     24-7
3	5:07	Tulsa	Singleton 1 run (Fitzpatrick kick)		     31-7
3	2:49	Tulsa	Kinne 40 pass to Willie Carter (Fitzpatrick kick)    38-7