Memphis Falls To Tulsa 35-14
Oct. 21, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Courtney Tennial rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Paul Smith threw for 217 yards and another touchdown Saturday to help Tulsa beat Memphis 35-14.
Smith completed 17-of-20 passes in the game, including all three in the second half, as Tulsa (6-1, 3-0 Conference USA), won its fifth straight. Tennial's scoring runs came from 1, 2 and 3 yards, while rushing for 98 yards on 22 carries.
From the start, Tulsa controlled the game on offense, while the Golden Hurricane defense, ranked 14th in the country, controlled the Tigers (1-6, 0-3), who lost their fifth straight.
Memphis managed 232 yards of offense, and only 75 on the ground. Quarterback Martin Hankins completed 24-of-37 passes for 157 yards against a Tulsa secondary ranked second in the nation in pass defense.
Tulsa showed early that it would control the ball. On their opening series, the Golden Hurricane took 16 plays to cover the 80 yards, including all three third-down conversions. Tennial carried the ball the final yard for an early Tulsa lead.
Tulsa held the ball for 13 minutes in the quarter. And on fourth play of the second quarter, Smith scrambled long enough that Ryan Bugg broke free from the Tiger secondary and was alone near the end zone for a 41-yard scoring pass.
At that point, Tulsa had converted two 80-yard scoring drives and held the ball for 15 of the game's 17 minutes.
Smith completed 14-of-17 for 157 yards, and at one point completed nine straight. The string was broken when the Tigers LaKeitharun Ford intercepted a pass just before halftime. It was the only first-half possession on which the Golden Hurricane didn't score.
Meanwhile, Memphis managed only 98 yards of offense in the half. Things were so bad that punter Michael Gibson, who entered the game averaging 47 yards a punt and hit his first one for 55 yards, shanked his second for a 9-yard kick.