Tulsa Drops Armed Forces Bowl to BYU, 24-21
Dec. 30, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - BYU scored a touchdown with 00:11 on the clock to defeat Tulsa, 24-21, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in front of a crowd of 30,258 Friday afternoon at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
The Cougars took over after a Tulsa punt with 4:18 remaining and drove 48 yards in 12 plays for the game-winning touchdown pass, a two-yard toss from Riley Nelson to Cody Hoffman.
The Golden Hurricane ends the season with an 8-5 record in head coach Bill Blankenship's first season.
In his final game as quarterback at Tulsa, G.J. Kinne threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns, completing 17 passes in 31 attempts. Each of his three touchdowns was thrown to a different receiver with Ricky Johnson, Clay Sears and Bryan Burnham finding the end zone.
The last of those scores, a 30-yard fade to Burnham, gave the Hurricane a 21-17 lead with 10:42 left in the game. The score capped a 9-play 68-yard drive. Burnham tallied 113 yards on four catches.
After that touchdown, Tulsa only saw the ball one more time before the final seconds. The Golden Hurricane took over with 8:05 left, pinned on its own one-yard line, and ran six plays before it was forced to punt with 4:18 remaining.
BYU held a 35:24 to 24:36 advantage in time of possession and outgained Tulsa 344-272 in total yardage. The Hurricane ran for a season-low 37 yards on 27 attempts. Trey Watts led TU with 38 yards on the ground.
Tulsa gained 220 yards on its three scoring drives and 52 yards on its 10 other non-end-of-half possessions. TU punted eight times, the most punts by a Hurricane team in a bowl game.
Dexter McCoil intercepted two passes - his fourth and fifth of the season - to tie the school record for with 13 career interceptions. He also made 10 tackles.
Kevin Fitzpatrick was perfect on three PAT's and finished his career at Tulsa as the leading scorer in school history - a title he claimed in the final regular season game against Houston on Nov. 25 - with 296 total points.
The second half got off to a slow start offensively as neither team scored until BYU found the end zone with a pass from Nelson to Hoffman. The receiver caught all three BYU touchdowns in the game.
Tulsa had an opportunity in the third quarter, taking over at the BYU 35 yard line, but Kinne was sacked on third down and Fitzpatrick's 46-yard field goal attempt was wide right.
The Hurricane was unable to muster any other scoring drives in the third and fourth quarters.
Tulsa took the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards in 11 plays and 5:09 to score the game's first touchdown when Kinne hit Ricky Johnson in the back of the end zone from eight yards out.
BYU got on the board with a 35-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.
After three straight three-and-outs, the Golden Hurricane drove to another touchdown, capped with a 14-yard pass from Kinne to Clay Sears. TU went 86 yards in just four plays and 1:16. The big play was a 50-yard completion by Kinne to Bryan Burnham.
The teams traded three-play drives before McCoil picked off his fifth pass of the season. It was also the 12th interception of his career.
Tulsa was unable to convert the turnover into points, however, and punted. The TU defense forced a punt from BYU, but the Cougars recovered the muffed reception and scored on the next play to make the score 14-10 with 17 second left in the first half. Tulsa took the four-point lead into halftime.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 9:51 Tulsa G.J. Kinne 8 pass to Ricky Johnson (Kevin Fitzpatrick kick) 7-0 1 00:17 BYU Justin Sorensen 35 FG 7-3 2 8:45 Tulsa Kinne 14 pass to Clay Sears (Fitzpatrick kick) 14-3 2 00:12 BYU Riley Nelson 17 pass to Cody Hoffman (Sorensen kick) 14-10 3 1:41 BYU Nelson 30 pass to Hoffman (Sorensen kick) 14-17 4 10:42 Tulsa Kinne 30 pass to Bryan Burnham (Fitzpatrick kick) 21-17 4 00:11 BYU Nelson 2 pass to Hoffman (Sorensen kick) 21-24
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