7:00 PM ET, September 20, 2003
Skelly Stadium, TULSA, OK
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- James Kilian threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulsa to a 54-7 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.
Kilian also ran for 51 yards as the Golden Hurricane defense forced four turnovers and shut down the Indians' ground game. Tulsa (2-2) held Arkansas State (2-2) to 45 rushing yards in building a 24-0 halftime lead.
After Arkansas State scored its lone touchdown on a 22-yard run by quarterback Elliott Jacobs, Tulsa got three more scores on a 41-yard field goal by Brad Devault, a 4-yard pass from Kilian to Garrett Mills and a 31-yard run by reserve tailback Brandon Diles.
The Golden Hurricane dominated from the start. After penalties killed a promising first drive, the Golden Hurricane settled for a 32-yard field goal by Devault.
Tulsa increased its lead to 10-0 on a 54-yard pass from Kilian to Montiese Culton. Jermaine Landrum returned a punt 41 yards for a score and freshman linebacker Nick Bunting intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 12 yards for another touchdown.
Arkansas State did not cross midfield until Les Echols intercepted a pass at the TU 49 with 1:11 left in the half.
The Indians finished with 271 yards total offense to 404 for TU. Jacobs completed just 5 of 21 passes for 50 yards with two interceptions.
Eric Richardson led Tulsa's rushing attack, gaining 75 yards on 16 carries. He moved into ninth place on the TU all-time rushing chart with 2,023 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||2-15||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|FG||8:42||BRAD DEVAULT 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 28 yards.
|TD||5:23||MONTIESE CULTON 54 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||1:45||JERMAINE LANDRUM 41 YD PUNT RETURN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)||0||17|
|TD||7:43||NICK BUNTING 12 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)||0||24|
|TD||14:42||ERIC RICHARDSON 2 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||12:01||ROMBY BRYANT 38 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||8:24||ELLIOTT JACOBS 22 YD RUN (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 87 yards.
|FG||2:54||BRAD DEVAULT 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 47 yards.
|TD||10:40||GARRETT MILLS 4 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yards.
|TD||7:15||BRANDON DILES 31 YD RUN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yards.