NCAA Game Summary - Memphis at Tulsa|
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Tulsa 33, Memphis 30 (OT)
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Fitzpatrick drilled a 37-yard field goal
in overtime to lift the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 33-30 win over the Memphis
Tigers in Conference USA action at Chapman Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane (5-7, 3-5 C-USA) was led by G.J. Kinne, who completed 27-
of-40 pass attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Curtis Steele led Memphis (2-10, 1-7) on offense, carrying the ball 19 times
for 232 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
Memphis jumped on Tulsa early, as Steele took the second play from scrimmage
59 yards for a touchdown to give his team an early 7-0 lead.
Tulsa responded on its next possession, when Kinne hooked up with Trae Johnson
for a 23-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 7-7.
The Golden Hurricane took the lead early in the second quarter on a 25-yard
field goal by Fitzpatrick.
Memphis tied the game on its next possession, with a 36-yard field goal from
Tulsa stormed out of the locker room in the third quarter, capping the opening
drive of the first half with a 31-yard field goal from Fitzpatrick.
Tulsa extended its lead minutes later, when Kinne and Charles Clay connected
from 10 yards out for a 20-10 advantage.
Steele put Memphis back on the board on its next offensive play, sprinting
77 yards for a score.
The Golden Hurricane responded minutes later, when Fitzpatrick nailed a 21-
yard field goal to give Tulsa a 23-17 lead.
Memphis tied the game midway through the fourth quarter on a 29-yard touchdown
run from Steele. However, the point-after was blocked, leaving the two teams
locked at 23-23
The Tigers took the lead minutes later, when Steele rumbled his way into the
end zone from three yards out to give his team a 30-23 advantage.
Once again Tulsa responded, as Kinne led his team on a nine-play, 70-yard
scoring drive. The drive was capped with a two-yard touchdown pass to Johnson
with 32 seconds left to force overtime at 30-30.
After forcing an interception on Memphis' first play of the overtime period,
Fitzpatrick gave Tulsa the 33-30 win with a 37-yard field goal.
The loss marked the last game for Memphis head coach Tommy West, who will not
return next season. In nine seasons at Memphis, West went 49-61 as head coach.
11/27 20:47:25 ET