Scores

Final

Tulsa 49

(6-3, 4-2 American)

Tulane 25

(2-7, 1-4 American)

7:30 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 7 14 7 2149
TULN 0 10 8 725

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 319 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Williams (TLSA) - 31 CAR, 153 YDS

Receiving: B. Marion (TLSA) - 3 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 49, Tulane 25

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Paul Smith threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others to help Tulsa stay firmly in the Conference USA West Division race with a 49-25 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

Smith was 18-of-27 passing for 319 yards and was intercepted once. His touchdown passes included a 52-yard strike to Brennan Marion and a 37-yarder to Trae Johnson.

Tulsa's Roy Roberts returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, while reserve quarterback A.J. Whitmore had a 56-yard touchdown run late in the game.

The victory for Tulsa (6-3, 4-2) sets up a pivotal home game next week against West Division-leading Houston (5-3, 4-1), which was slated to play Sunday night against SMU.

Tulane (2-7, 1-4) was as close as 21-18 after quarterback Anthony Scelfo's short touchdown run early in the second half, but Tulsa came right back with a nine-play 60-yard touchdown drive the ended with Smith's 1-yard keeper, and Golden Hurricane pulled away from there.

Tulane's Matt Forte ran for 103 yards, coming up one game short in his bid to tie an NCAA record by rushing for 200 or more yards in five straight games. Only three other players have done that: Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders and Jamario Thomas.

Scelfo was 17-of-28 passing with one touchdown and one interception.

Tulsa scored the game's opening touchdown on Smith's 4-yard quarterback keeper late in the first quarter and led 14-0 after Smith's scoring strike to Marion.

Tulsa could have been up by more if not for three first half turnovers on a pair of fumbles and an interception.

The Golden Hurricane was threatening to go ahead by three scores when Terrion Adams' fumble gave Tulane the ball at its own 17-yard line with 2:31 remaining in the second quarter.

Five plays later, Scelfo heaved a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brian King to cut Tulsa's lead in half.

That was only the beginning of three scores in the span of 1:11, however.

Roberts took back the ensuing kickoff. Then Tulane, taking over with 59 seconds to go in the half, marched back down field, with the help of two 24-yard completions by Scelfo, setting up Ross Thevenot's 34-yard kick that made it 21-10 as time expired in the second quarter.

Tulane recovered an onside kick to open the second half and drove for another touchdown as Scelfo went in on a keeper from a yard out and Forte ran in for a 2-point conversion. That closed the gap to a field goal before Tulsa pulled away for good, starting with Smith's 6-yard TD pass to Kyle Grooms.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
TULN
1st Downs2721
Total Yards600401
Passing319287
Rushing281114
Penalties4-305-40
3rd Down Conversions10-137-19
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers31
Possession32:5227:08

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith18/2731911.831
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scelfo17/282378.511

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams311534.9016
Whitmore37224.0156
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte261034.0022
Scelfo10141.4114

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marion310234.0152
Johnson44912.3137
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
King49122.8144
Williams67612.7022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSATULN
TD02:49Paul Smith 4 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 70 yds, 1:54
70
SECOND QUARTERTLSATULN
TD09:03Brennan Marion 52 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 140
TD01:11Brian King 44 Yd Pass From Anthony Scelfo (Ross Thevenot Kick) 147
TD00:59Roy Roberts 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Jarod Tracy Kick) 217
FG00:00Ross Thevenot 34 Yd 2110
THIRD QUARTERTLSATULN
TD09:47Anthony Scelfo 2 Yd Run (Matt Forte Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2118
TD06:27Paul Smith 1 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2818
FOURTH QUARTERTLSATULN
TD14:55Kyle Grooms 6 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 3518
TD03:58Trae Johnson 37 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 4218
TD01:41A.J. Whitmore 56 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 4918
TD00:27Kenneth Guidroz 7 Yd Pass From Scott Elliott (Ross Thevenot Kick) 4925