NCAA Game Summary - B-Y-U at Tulsa|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Tulsa 55, BYU 47
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Paul Smith threw for a career-best 454 yards and
five touchdowns as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane outlasted the BYU Cougars,
55-47, in non-conference play from H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Brennan Marion and Charles Clay were Smith's biggest targets in the win, as
Marion caught three balls for 171 yards and a touchdown, while Clay hauled in
three passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Trae Johnson added five
catches for 95 yards and a score, and Tarrion Adams paced the Hurricane (2-0)
ground attack with 79 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
As for the Cougars (1-2), Max Hall led the way, completing 34-of-57 passes for
a career-high 537 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. Michael
Reed caught eight balls for 132 yards and a score in the loss, while Dennis
Pitta posted six receptions for 113 yards a touchdown. Austin Collie also
cracked the century mark, as he finished with four catches for 121 yards and a
score. Harvey Unga got into the mix as well, recording 100 rushing yards and a
touchdown on 21 carries.
BYU kicked off the first quarter scoring when Unga plunged in from the one-
yard line to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
Tulsa responded, with just under five minutes left in the first quarter, when
Smith hooked up with Corey Heinz for a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Smith then gave the Hurricane a 14-7 lead with a 17-yard touchdown toss to
BYU opened the second quarter with a Hall to Collie 45-yard touchdown
connection, tying the game at 14-14.
Tulsa took the lead just 10 seconds later with a 75-yard touchdown strike from
Smith to Marion.
The Cougars answered with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Pitta to tie
the game at 21-21.
Tulsa bounced right back, with just over 10 minutes left to play in the half,
when Smith hit Heinz from 18 yards away.
BYU tied the game minutes later, when Manase Tonga plunged in from two yards
out to make the score 28-28.
The Hurricane took the lead, for the fourth time in the first half, when Jarod
Tracy drilled a 45-yard field goal.
BYU refused to let up, taking the lead on a 15-yard strike from Hall to Matt
Allen. The Cougars, however, failed to convert the point after and went into
the half with a 34-31 lead.
Tulsa began the second half with a Roy Roberts 49-yard interception return for
The Hurricane then took a 45-34 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Adams.
With just under seven minutes to go in the third quarter, BYU scored on a six-
yard run from Tonga. The Cougars missed the extra point, though, to make the
Tulsa kicked off the fourth quarter scoring with a 37-yard touchdown pass from
Smith to Heinz.
The Cougars climbed back into the game with a 36-yard touchdown strike from
Hall to Reed, making the score 52-47.
Tulsa added some insurance with just under five minutes to go, when Tracy
nailed a 27-yard field goal to seal the eight-point win.
The two teams combined for 1,289 yards of total offense, with 1,027 of those
yards coming through the air.
09/16 02:42:59 ET