Tulsa Shuts Down ECU; Becomes Bowl Eligible
Nov. 12, 2005
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to claim a 45-13 victory over East Carolina in front of 21,995 fans at Skelly Stadium on senior day. It was the regular season home finale for 14 seniors as Tulsa posted its 10th 40-point game in the Steve Kragthorpe era and became bowl eligible.
Tulsa improved to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in C-USA play, while East Carolina dropped to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in league action.
In the second half, the Hurricane outdistanced the Pirates 349 to 123 yards in total offense, and holding the visitors scoreless in the final two periods. Tulsa rushed for 190 yards in the second half, after rushing for just 48 first-half yards. For the game, Tulsa tallied 495 yards in total offense on 238 yards rushing and 257 passing yards, while East Carolina totaled 349 yards.
After stopping the Pirates on the first series of the game Tulsa scored the first points of the game on a 45-yard Brad DeVault field goal.
Tulsa scored its first touchdown of the game on a four-yard Tarrion Adams as the Hurricane marched 44 yards in five plays, making the score 10-0 with 2:03 left in the first quarter.
The Pirates put together three straight scoring drives to close out the first-half scoring, beginning with a 26-yard touchdown pass, capping a 78-yard, eight-play drive at the 6:53 mark of the second quarter. ECU scored two field goals to end the first half with drives covering 62 and 22 yards.
East Carolina held a 13-10 halftime lead. At intermission, the Pirates had an 80-yard edge in total offense in the first half, 226 to 146 yards, while also holding a 16:27 to 13:33 advantage in possession time.
After being outscored 13-0 in the second quarter, the Hurricane went on to score 35 second-half points.
To start the scoring, Paul Smith connected with Garrett Mills on a 38-yard touchdown pass, capping a 75-yard, eight-play drive as Tulsa took a 17-13 lead. Following a fumble at the East Carolina 30-yard line, Tulsa took only two plays to score as Adams ran in his second TD of the game with a 14-yard run.
In the fourth quarter, the Hurricane added three scores in the fourth period. This first covered 80 yards in seven plays and culminated in a 29-yard pass from Smith to Ashlan Davis at the 14:22 mark. Uril Parrish scored on a two-yard run, and Cauvey Jackson added an 18-yard run to close out the Hurricane scoring.
Tulsa's Paul Smith completed 19-of-28 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, while Garrett Mills had his sixth 100+ receiving game of the season with 127 yards and one TD. The Hurricane defense forced two turnovers, making it 17 straight games that Tulsa has had at least one takeaway in a game.
Scoring Summary First Quarter Tulsa -- (11:57)Brad DeVault 45 FG 3-0 Tulsa -- (2:03) Tarrion Adams 4 run (DeVault kick) 10-0
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