Scores

Final

Marshall 31

(0-6, 0-2 C-USA)

Tulsa 38

(4-2, 2-1 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 3 14 7 731
TLSA 7 24 7 038

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 385 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Adams (TLSA) - 15 CAR, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Slate (MRSH) - 6 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 38, Marshall 31

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as Tulsa held off winless Marshall 38-31 on Saturday.

Smith extended his school-record streak of consecutive 300-yard passing games to six as Tulsa (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) amassed 578 yards of offense.

Tulsa received a key stop from its maligned defense, which ranks 117th out of 119 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A). Nelson Coleman sacked Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris on fourth down from the Tulsa 11 as the Thundering Herd looked to close to within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Marshall (0-6, 0-2) trailed 31-17 at halftime but halved that deficit with an 80-yard third-quarter drive, capped by a 1-yard plunge on fourth down by Chubb Small.

The Golden Hurricane answered quickly. Three plays later Smith connected with Brennan Marion on a 73-yard scoring pass, the receiver's fifth touchdown of the season. Marion entered the game averaging 41.3 yards on his 11 catches.

Tulsa was running out the clock until Charles Clay fumbled at the Marshall 27 with 3:16 to play. The Herd raced 73 yards, scoring on a 2-yard pass from Morris to Cody Slate. Morris completed 21 of 37 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

Tulsa's Chris Chamberlain recovered the ensuing onside kickoff.

Tarrion Adams, who ran for 134 yards on 15 carries for the Golden Hurricane, scored on a 5-yard run and on a 21-yard pass from Smith, and Smith added a 1-yard scoring sneak as Tulsa bolted to a 21-3 lead.

Marshall closed to within 24-17 on a 12-yard run by Small and a 4-yard pass from Morris to Shawn Lauzon.

Smith, who exceeded 200 passing yards in the first half for the fourth consecutive game, directed a 68-yard touchdown drive to give Tulsa a 31-17 halftime advantage. He completed passes of 19, 14 and 25 yards to Jesse Meyer before finding Cameron Clemons alone in the right corner of the end zone after a long scramble.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
TLSA
1st Downs2031
Total Yards444578
Passing260385
Rushing184193
Penalties7-605-50
3rd Down Conversions4-138-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers01
Possession30:4129:19

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris21/372607.020
TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith24/393859.930

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall13634.8025
Small11534.8225
TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams151348.9132
Williams6325.3013

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Slate610217.0147
Wynn46416.0025
TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marion211457.0173
Clay510220.4040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHTLSA
TD09:15Tarrion Adams 5 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:28
07
FG01:31Anthony Binswanger 37 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 32 yds, 3:04
37
SECOND QUARTERMRSHTLSA
TD13:49Paul Smith 1 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 56 yds, 2:34
314
TD10:47Tarrion Adams 21 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 63 yds, 1:44
321
TD09:24Chubb Small 12 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 71 yds, 1:17
1021
FG06:32Jarod Tracy 19 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 61 yds, 2:45
1024
TD03:09Shawn Lauzon 4 Yd Pass From Bernard Morris (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 81 yds, 3:17
1724
TD00:53Cameron Clemons 11 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 68 yds, 2:14
1731
THIRD QUARTERMRSHTLSA
TD05:50Chubb Small 1 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:32
2431
TD05:01Brennan Marion 73 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 63 yds, :43
2438
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHTLSA
TD01:18Cody Slate 2 Yd Pass From Bernard Morris (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 1:58
3138