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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 Matt Reagan.

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