Tulsa Takes Out Miners 57-28
Nov. 19, 2011
EL PASO, Texas - Tulsa scored on its first two possessions and went on for a 57-28 victory over the UTEP Miners in front of 23,849 fans at Sun Bowl Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Hurricane scored 29 first-half points and 28 in the second half to capture the victory and improve to 8-3 overall and 7-0 in Conference USA play.
The Hurricane will face the No. 10-ranked and undefeated Houston Cougars (11-0, 7-0 C-USA) on Friday for the Conference USA West Division title and an appearance in the C-USA Championship game a week later. Game time is 11:00 am at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.
Tulsa piled up 500 yards in total offense behind 283 passing yards and three TDs from G.J. Kinne and 109 rushing yards from Ja'Terian Douglas, while the Hurricane defense forced two turnovers, turned one into a 34-yard touchdown, had seven stops for lost yards, seven pass break-ups and six quarterback hurries. Curnelius Arnick had his seventh double-figure tackle game this year with 14 stops.
Tulsa added three third quarter scores for 21 points after building a 29-15 halftime lead against the Miners and took a 50-15 lead into the fourth period. The Miners scored two fourth quarter TDs with two minutes, cutting the Hurricane lead to 22 points, 50-28, with 9:11 remaining in the contest.
Tulsa took its first possession of the second half 52 yards for its fifth touchdown of the game, as Kinne capped the drive with a four-yard TD run and giving the Hurricane a 36-15 lead at the 10:21 mark of the third quarter. One minute later, Shawn Jackson took an interception 34 yards for another Tulsa touchdown and a 43-15 lead.
Tulsa's Douglas ran the final 37 yards to give Tulsa a 50-15 lead with 1:37 remaining in the third period. With the score Tulsa had scored the last 29 points starting with Watts' 94 yard kick return with 2:45 remaining in the first half.
The Miners topped Tulsa's streak of 28 straight points when Tate Smith ran three-yards for a score at the 10:39 mark of the fourth quarter, capping a 13-play, 80-yard drive. UTEP forced a Hurricane fumble and scored on consecutive possessions in two plays with a Leilyon Myers two-yard run to make the score 50-28.
The Hurricane then took 5:11 off the clock and scored at the 4-minute mark on a Jordan James 27-yard TD reception from Kinne to make the score 57-28.
To start the game, it took the Hurricane less than eight minutes to take a 14-0 lead against the Miners as Tulsa marched 81 and 79 yards for their first two scores.
Tulsa took the opening kickoff 81 yards in just seven plays as Kinne threw the final nine yards to Burnham for his right touchdown reception of the year. On the drive, Kinne completed passes of 23 yards to Nathan Largen and 34 yards to Clay Sears to set up the score.
The Hurricane took a 14-0 lead at the 7:28 mark after marching its next possession 79 yards in nine plays as Alex Singleton ran in from the three-yard line for the score
UTEP responded with a 60-yard drive in eight plays for six points as Joe Banyard scored from one yard out. Tulsa's Cory Dorris blocked the extra point making the score 14-6 with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter.
Tulsa marched to the UTEP 23-yard line but a Kinne pass to Ricky Johnson into the end zone was intercepted, thus preventing Tulsa from scoring on its first three possessions.
The Miners drove to the Tulsa 19-yard line where the Hurricane defense forced a 36-yard field goal that missed wide left. Kinne connected on a short pass with Watts who took it 53 yards for a touchdown and a 21-6 lead at the 11:17 mark of the second quarter.
The Miners blocked a Tulsa punt for two points as the ball traveled out of the end zone, cutting the Hurricane lead to 13 points, 21-8. On the ensuing kickoff, the Miners wasted little time to put seven more points on the board taking 2:52 off the game clock. UTEP made the score 21-15 when Myers ran in from one yard out followed by the PAT with 2:58 remaining in the first half.
It took Tulsa just 13 seconds to equal the Miners' score as Watts took the kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Kinne connected with Sears for the two-point conversion for a 29-15 lead at the 2:45 mark of the first half.
At halftime, Tulsa not only held a 29-15 lead but had a slight 297 to 263-yard edge in total yards. The Hurricane put up its 29 points with just 13 minutes of possession time, while UTEP had the ball for 17 minutes in the first half.
Tulsa closes out the regular season on Friday, November 25 with an 11:00 am home showdown against the nation's 10th ranked Houston Cougars as a trip to the Conference USA Championship Game is on the line.
Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased online at www.TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or stopping by the TU Athletic Ticket Office, Mon-Tues, 8:30-5 pm, and Wednesday, 9-3 pm. Fans can receive discounted tickets at facebook.com/tulsahurricane.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 12:19 Tulsa Bryan Burnham 9 pass from G.J. Kinne (Fitzpatrick kick) 7-0 1 7:28 Tulsa Alex Singleton 3 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 14-0 1 4:24 UTEP Joe Banyard 1 run (Kick Blocked) 14-6 2 11:17 Tulsa Trey Watts 53 pass from G.J. Kinne (Fitzpatrick kick) 21-6 2 6:00 UTEP Blocked punt by Antwon Blake 21-8 2 2:58 UTEP Leilyon Myers 1 run (Scott kick) 21-15 2 2:45 Tulsa Trey Watts 94 KOR (Kinne pass to Sears) 29-15 3 10:21 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 4 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 36-15 3 9:20 Tulsa Shawn Jackson 34 INT return (Fitzpatrick kick) 43-15 3 1:37 Tulsa Ja'Terian Douglas 37 run (Fitzpatrick kick) 50-15 4 10:39 UTEP Tate Smith 3 run (Kick NG) 50-21 4 9:11 UTEP Leilyon Myers 2 run (Scott kick) 50-28 4 4:00 Tulsa Jordan James 27 pass from G.J. Kinne (Fitzpatrick kick) 57-28
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