Tulsa Romps Past Marshall, 59-17
Nov. 12, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - G.J. Kinne threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns as Tulsa compiled 682 yards of offense on its way to a 59-17 Conference USA win over Marshall in front of a crowd of 17,672 Saturday afternoon at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane won its 11th straight C-USA contest and improved to 7-3 overall and 6-0 in league play this season. The 682 yards of total offense gained by the Hurricane is the most since it gained 791 yards against UTEP on Oct. 18, 2008. The balanced attack on Saturday included 302 passing yards and 380 rushing yards.
Kinne was 24-for-31 passing, while Bryan Burnham caught 10 passes for 146 yards - both career highs - and a score. Ja'Terian Douglas and Trey Watts combined for 338 rushing yards, as Douglas ran for a career-high 194 yards and Watts added 144 yards and a touchdown.
"Ultimately, I'm just very, very pleased with our guys," Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship said. "I thought we had a tremendous week of preparation and was very confident in that, and the opportunity presented itself to go out and play like we played. We said (before the game) if we win that would put our destiny in our control, trying to play for the divisional championship. I couldn't be prouder for the way (our players) started. We were very fortunate and we were very happy we won the toss and took the wind, and I thought that was a factor in the game."
Tulsa held its opponent to 20 or fewer points for the fifth straight game. Marshall (4-6, 3-3 C-USA) gained 393 yards of total offense, including 228 passing and 165 rushing. The TU defense, led by Shawn Jackson's nine tackles and Alan Dock's eight tackles, forced two turnovers and seven punts, plus a pair of fourth down stops.
TU finished the game with two 100-yard rushers, a 300-yard passer and a 100-yard receiver for the first time since when Tarrion Adams (116 rushing), Courtney Tennial (109 rushing), Paul Smith (308 passing) and Ryan Bugg (145 receiving) did it on Nov. 11, 2006 against Rice.
Tulsa took control from the beginning when it scored just 1:24 into the game on a two-yard run by Trey Watts. TU forced Marshall to punt on its possession after receiving the opening kickoff. Ja'Terian Douglas raced 48 yards on the first play to set up Watts' score.
The Golden Hurricane took over at midfield again after forcing another punt and drove 53 yards in six plays to go up 14-0. Kinne rolled out right and hit Clay Sears in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Marshall took advantage of a TU fumble and drove down to kick a 30-yard field goal by Tyler Warner, making the score 14-3 Tulsa.
The Hurricane scored on the third play of the second quarter when Kinne hit Willie Carter for a 26-yard touchdown to push the lead to 21-3.
After forcing another punt, the Hurricane drove 80 yards in 10 plays to extend its advantage to 28-3 with 7:37 left in the half. Alex Singleton ran in from one yard out to cap the drive, scoring his first of three touchdowns in the contest. The trio of rushing scores tied a career high for Singleton.
Tulsa then scored 14 points in the span of eight seconds near the end of the second quarter to take a 42-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Hurricane took its fourth punt of the opening half and drove 76 yards in nine plays, scoring on a two-yard Singleton run with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The ensuing kickoff was halted in the air by a strong wind out of the south, and the ball was recovered by Tulsa's J.D. Ratliff at the Marshall 16 yard line. On the next play, Kinne found a wide open Sears in the end zone to give TU a 42-3 advantage at the break.
Marshall scored with the opening kickoff of the second half on a 69-yard run by Travon Van to make the score 42-10.
TU extended its lead to 49-10 on the ensuing drive when Kinne tossed a 35-yard pass to wide-open Burnham down the sideline.
Continuing the second-half scoring pace, the Thundering Herd used eight plays to go 73 yards following a TU punt. Aaron Dobson found the end zone on a screen pass from Rakeem Cato to make the score 49-17 with 5:31 left in the third quarter.
Douglas raced 82 yards down the sideline to the Marshall three yard line to set up Tulsa's eighth touchdown of the day. Singleton punched into the end zone on the following play for his third touchdown in the game, making the score 56-17.
Fitzpatrick connected on a 20-yard field goal with 6:54 remaining to make the score, 59-17. A 58-yard run up the middle by Watts set up the Hurricane for the final score of the game.
The Golden Hurricane travels to El Paso, Texas, next weekend to face UTEP at 2 p.m. CT Saturday on CBS Sports Network.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 13:36 Tulsa Ja'Terian Douglas 4 run (Kevin Fitzpatrick kick) 7-0 1 10:18 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 2 pass to Clay Sears ((Fitzpatrick kick) 14-0 1 0:54 Mar Tyler Warner 30 FG 14-3 2 13:45 Tulsa Kinne 26 pass to Willie Carter (Fitzpatrick kick) 21-3 2 7:37 Tulsa Alex Singleton 1 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 28-3 2 0:56 Tulsa Singleton 2 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 35-3 2 0:48 Tulsa Kinne 16 pass to Sears (Fitzpatrick kick) 42-3 3 12:54 Mar Travon Van 69 run (Warner kick) 42-10 3 11:04 Tulsa Kinne 35 pass to Bryan Burnham (Fitzpatrick kick) 49-10 3 5:31 Mar Cato 31 pass to Aaron Dobson (Warner kick) 49-17 4 12:25 Tulsa Singleton 3 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 56-17 4 6:54 Tulsa Fitzpatrick 20 FG 59-17
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