Tulsa's Comeback Bid Falls Short at SMU 35-27
Nov. 24, 2012
Dallas, Texas - -- SMU handed Tulsa its' first Conference USA loss this season with a 35-27 victory over the Golden Hurricane in front of 15,336 fans at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Tulsa trailed 35-6 and scored 21 straight points to cut the Mustangs' lead to eight points, 35-27, but the Hurricane ran out of time in the comeback bid.
The Hurricane finished the regular season with a 9-3 overall record and 7-1 C-USA mark, but will still host the C-USA Football Championship Game next Saturday against the UCF Knights.
A blocked Tulsa punt and two turnovers led to 21 SMU points in the first 20 minutes of the game as the Mustangs built a 21-0 lead before the Hurricane managed their first score. SMU went on to take a 28-6 halftime lead and held on for the victory. With the win, SMU becomes bowl eligible with a 6-6 overall record.
For the game, Tulsa set school records for total plays with 103 and passes attempted with 65. Green completed a career-high 36-of-64 passes for a career-high 413 yards and tied his career-high with three touchdown passes. The Hurricane also gained 178 yards on the ground with 58 from Trey Watts and 51 from Green. Tulsa finished with 591 total yards, while SMU had 305 yards.
Tulsa took the opening second-half possession 70 yards to the SMU five-yard line, but failed to get a score when the Hurricane failed on a fourth-and-goal from the Mustangs eight-yard line.
SMU took over from its five-yard line and went 95 yards in 14 plays and was capped by a Zach Line 10-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-6 with 4:14 remaining in the third quarter.
After that SMU touchdown, Tulsa scored the next 21 points. The Hurricane began its final possession, needing to go 94 yards in just 0:46, and trailing by eight points. Tulsa managed to get to the SMU one-yard line on a 34-yard toss from Green to Garrett when time ran out preserving the SMU victory.
The Hurricane took the subsequent possession 60 yards in just five plays and 1:41 as Willie Carter took a pass from Green and scored from 31-yards out. The two-point pass attempt failed, making the score 35-12, with 0:56 left on the third quarter clock. Tulsa took its next possession 64 yards in nine plays in 2:25 as Green hit Keyarris Garrett on a 10-yard strike for a touchdown on fourth down-and-five, bringing the score to 35-19 with 12:21 remaining in the game.
Tulsa closed the gap to eight points as Green rambled 57 yards to the SMU one-yard line and Alex Singleton capped the drive with his school record-tying 39th career touchdown. The score cut SMU's lead to 35-27 with 5:05 to play in the contest.
Neither team could manage much offense in the first quarter and it was a blocked punt that turned the tide for SMU and put the Mustangs ahead 7-0. Cole Way's punt was blocked and landed at the Tulsa 3-yard line with 1:47 on the game clock. One play later Zach Line ran in the three yards for the SMU touchdown.
The Mustangs took advantage of a Tulsa fumble with just 0:52 left on the first quarter clock and capped a 31-yard scoring drive at the 14:55 mark of the second quarter.
The first period ended with Tulsa gaining 63 yards to SMU's 53 yards, but the Mustangs carried a 7-0 lead and the ball at the Hurricane three-yard line going into the second quarter.
SMU made the score 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter on Line's second three-yard touchdown run.
The stat line after SMU's 14-point lead saw Tulsa with 63 yards, one turnover, and one blocked kick, while SMU had just 56 yards of total offense, but the 14 points.
Another Hurricane turnover, an interception of a Green pass, with 13:43 left in the second quarter gave the Mustangs the ball at the Tulsa 35-yard line. SMU took just 2:01 off the clock to take a 21-0 lead with 11:42 to play in the first half.
Following an injury to Brian DeShane that saw him leave the field with a leg injury, the Tulsa offense completed that possession with its first score of the game, a nine-yard pass to Alex Singleton. The Hurricane drive went 75 yards in 12 plays, taking 4:56 off the clock, but the PAT went wide right, cutting the SMU lead to 21-6.
On the subsequent possession, Garrett Gilbert took a quarterback draw 74 yards on a third-and-nine for an SMU touchdown to answer Tulsa's scoring drive to give the Mustangs a 28-6 lead.
The Hurricane marched 55 yards in 19 plays and converted two fourth downs on the drive, but failed on a fourth-and-10 from the SMU 21-yard line.
The first half ended with SMU holding a 28-6 lead. Tulsa held a 19:13 to 10:47 advantage in time of possession, and a slight 198 to 171-yard edge in total yards. Tulsa had 126 yards passing and 72 passing yards on 61 total first-half plays, while SMU rushed for 113 yards and had 58 yards passing on only 27 first-half plays.
Next Saturday, Tulsa will host the Conference USA Football Championship game against the UCF Knights in an 11:00 am kickoff at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Ticket priced begin a $15.00 and are available online at TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or in person at the Reynolds Center Ticket Office.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 1:44 SMU Zach Line 3 run (Hover kick) 0-7 2 14:55 SMU Zach Line 3 run (Hover kick) 0-14 2 11:42 SMU Der'rikk Thompson 25 pass from Garrett Gilbert (Hover kick) 0-21 2 6:46 Tulsa Alex Singleton 9 pass from Cody Green (Schwarz NG)6-21 2 5:48 SMU Garrett Gilbert 74 run (Hover kick) 6-28 3 4:14 SMU Zach Line 10 run (Hover kick) 6-35 3 0:56 Tulsa Willie Carter 31 pass from Cody Green (pass failed) 12-35 4 12:21 Tulsa Keyarris Garrett 10 pass from Cody Green (Schwarz kick) 19-35 4 5:05 Tulsa Singleton 1 run (Green pass to Carter) 27-35
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