Tulsa Falls to Houston, 48-16
Nov. 25, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa got on the scoreboard first but could not overcome a big fourth quarter run by seventh-ranked Houston, as the Golden Hurricane fell, 48-16, in front of a crowd of 29,015 Friday afternoon at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane (8-4, 7-1 C-USA) was within 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but Houston broke it open in the fourth quarter. The TU offense ran a balanced attack, rushing for 161 yards and passing for 176 yards as it totaled 337 for the game. Houston improved to 12-0 as Case Keenum passed for 457 yards and five touchdowns for the Cougars.
Tulsa forced a punt on Houston first drive, and then drove 76 yards in 10 plays for the first touchdown of the game. Kinne hit Willie Carter on an 11-yard pass to give TU a 7-0 lead.
Houston took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80 yards for a touchdown. Cory Dorris blocked the point-after attempt to make the score 7-6, TU.
Kevin Fitzpatrick kicked a career-long-tying 52-yard field goal to cap a 22-yard drive by Tulsa, after the teams traded punts. The field goal gave the Hurricane a 10-6 lead with 1:14 left in the opening quarter.
Houston punted on the first drive of the second quarter, but after driving down the field, Tulsa could not convert a fourth-and-one run up the middle by Alex Singleton.
The teams traded punts - TU forcing Houston's fourth kick of the first half, and Houston took over on the TU 45 yard line. Keenum tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims to give the Cougars a 13-10 lead with 4:13 left in the half.
Tulsa was driving following the Houston touchdown, but a fumble in the red zone stopped the drive, and Houston took a 13-10 lead into halftime.
The Golden Hurricane went three-and-out on the first possession of the second half. Houston scored on the next drive on a 33-yard pass from Keenum to Patrick Edwards on a fourth-and-10 play.
TU drove to a field goal on the following drive as Fitzpatrick connected on a 36-yard attempt to pull Tulsa to within a touchdown at 20-13, UH.
The Hurricane forced a fumble on the first play on the Cougar drive, and Fitzpatrick knocked a 51-yard field goal through the north end zone uprights. It was his second field goal of longer than 50 yards in the contest.
After trading three-and-outs, Keenum threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Edwards on fourth down, giving the Cougars a 27-16 lead with 1:23 left in the third quarter.
Houston extended its lead to 34-16 when Michael Hayes dove in from one yard out to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive with 11:17 remaining in the game.
Keenum hit Justin Johnson with an eight-yard touchdown and following an interception, UH quarterback Cotton Turner found Edwards in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 48-16 lead.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 9:16 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 11 pass to Willie Carter (Kevin Fitzpatrick kick) 7-0 1 6:39 UH Case Keenum 5 pass to Patrick Edwards (kick blocked) 7-6 1 1:14 Tulsa Fitzpatrick 52 FG 10-6 2 4:13 UH Keenum 20 pass to Charles Sims (Matt Hogan kick) 10-13 3 12:08 UH Keenum 33 pass to Edwards (Hogan kick) 10-20 3 8:06 Tulsa Fitzpatrick 36 FG 13-20 3 7:02 Tulsa Fitzpatrick 51 FG 16-20 3 1:23 UH Keenum 38 pass to Edwards (Hogan kick) 16-27 4 11:17 UH Michael Hayes 1 run (Hogan kick) 16-34 4 7:16 UH Keenum 8 pass to Justin Johnson (Hogan kick) 16-41 4 6:18 UH Cotton Turner 14 pass to Edwards (Hogan kick) 16-48
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