Tulsa Postgame Notes vs. UTEP
Nov. 19, 2011
For the second time this season, Tulsa wore its blue weave helmets. The other time came against Rice.
Tulsa improved to 8-3 overall marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Hurricane has won at least eight games in a season.
Tulsa moved to 7-0 this season against Conference USA opponents. TU has now won 12-consecutive league games dating back to last year, which is one shy of the all-time league record for consecutive games won.
Tulsa will play host to No. 10 Houston (11-0, 7-0 C-USA) at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The winner of the game will clinch the Conference USA West Division championship and will also play host to the C-USA Championship game Dec. 3.
Tulsa improved its series record against UTEP to 12-8, including 6-4 in El Paso.
Senior tight end/H-Back and former walk-on Michael Britton received his first career start against UTEP.
Senior quarterback G.J. Kinne started his 36th straight game, while offensive tackle Tyler Holmes started his 40th career game, starting every game that he has played of his career (missing 6 games in 2009 with an injury).
Alex Singleton had his eighth rushing TD of the season for Tulsa's second score and the 19th of his career.
Cory Dorris had his second blocked PAT of the season and the fourth blocked kick this season for the Hurricane. The other two were blocked field goals.
Trey Watts' 53-yard TD reception was the longest reception of his career and was his second longest play from scrimmage as his longest was a 58-yard run against Marshall last week. It was Watts' fifth career receiving touchdown and third this season.
Trey Watts' 94-yard kickoff return was the longest for Tulsa since Damaris Johnson had a 94-yarder last year against Rice on Nov. 6, 2010. It ties for the 13th-longest in school history. Previously, Tulsa has had four 100-yard returns, six 98-yard returns, two 96-yard returns and now with Watts' return has five 94-yard returns.
Watts' return is the second time in the series' history that Tulsa has returned a kickoff for a touchdown against UTEP. The previous one came in 2008 when Damaris Johnson also had a 94-yard return.
Tulsa had 29 points at halftime. It's the fifth time in the last six games that Tulsa has scored 24 or more first-half points. Tulsa had 24 against UAB, Rice and SMU and 42 last week against Marshall. The only game in the last six games that the Hurricane did not score at least 24 points in the first half was against UCF with 13.
Trey Watts had 238 all-purpose yards in the first half for his third game this year with 200+ all-purpose yards. He finished with 202 yards against Oklahoma State and 228 against Marshall. He recorded a career-high 254 all-purpose yards against UTEP.
Shawn Jackson had his second career interception return for a touchdown and his first this year. He also had a 66-yard INT return last year at Notre Dame.
Senior place-kicker Kevin Fitzpatrick tied the school record for scoring with 286 career points on his seven PATs. With three first-half PATs, Fitzpatrick moved into second place on the school's career scoring chart with 282 career points, surpassing Brad DeVault (280) and Jason Staurovsky (281). He is now tied with Jarod Tracy for the school record.
Ja'Terian Douglas scored his seventh career touchdown and fourth of the season with a 37-yard rush. All seven of his TD runs have covered more than 15 yards -- including TD runs of 18, 20 and 33 yards last year and 42, 47, 80 and 37 yards this year.
Curnelius Arnick had his seventh double-figure tackle game of the season and 15th in his career.
Arnick moved into seventh place on the school's all-time tackles chart with 331 career stops. He had 14 tackles against the Miners.
Ja'Terian Douglas had his fourth 100+ rushing game of the season. His previous 100+ games came against Oklahoma State (173), UAB (137) and Marshall (194).
Tulsa has scored 40+ points for third time this season, including 41 vs. North Texas and 59 against Marshall. It also marks the 28th time that Tulsa has scored 40+ points in a game since the 2007 season. It is also the 15th time over the last five seasons that Tulsa has scored 50 or more points.
Tulsa has scored 50+ points in consecutive games (59 vs. Marshall) for the first time since the final two games of the 2010 season with 56 points against Southern Miss and 62 points against Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
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