NCAA Game Summary - Texas-El Paso at Tulsa|
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Tulsa 77, Texas-El Paso 35
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - David Johnson threw five touchdowns as the Tulsa
Golden Hurricane crushed the Miners of Texas-El Paso, 77-35, in Conference USA
play at Chapman Stadium.
Johnson, who played only three quarters, finished the night 21-of-27 for 434
yards in the offensive onslaught for the Golden Hurricane (7-0, 4-0 CUSA) as
the squad remained undefeated on the season.
The Miners (3-4, 3-1), who had their three-game win streak snapped, were led
by Trevor Vittatoe who converted 21-of-34 for 306 yards and four scores in the
On the first possession of the game UTEP moved 71 yards on six plays,
culminating with a six-yard TD pass from Vittatoe to Jeff Moturi to give the
visitors an early 7-0 lead.
Johnson then struck twice for Tulsa with scoring strikes of 97 and 51 yards to
Brennan Marion to give the Hurricane a 14-7 edge with 8:10 to play in the
opening frame. Marion finished the night with six catches for 233 yards and
James Thomas, who led the Miners with a mere 34 yards rushing, took his only
carry of the contest into the end zone to knot the score at 14-14 less than a
Tulsa's quick-strike offense responded immediately with a 24-yard TD pass from
Johnson to A.J. Whitmore, but within a span of barely three and a half minutes
UTEP answered with touchdown passes of 22 and one yards from Johnson to Kris
Adams and Jamar Hunt, respectively, to give the Miners a 28-21.
However after the second score, which came with a mere three seconds remaining
in the first frame, Tulsa's Damaris Johnson took the ensuing kickoff and
brought it back 94 yards to lock up the score at 28-28 at the end of one.
From that point the game belonged to the Golden Hurricane, with the squad
reeling off three unanswered TDs in the second quarter, beginning with an
eight-yard run by Jamad Williams. Whitmore then logged a five-yard TD run,
followed by a 31-yard TD scamper by Slick Shelley at the 2:55 mark of the
Ahead by a score of 49-28 heading into the second half, Tulsa poured it on and
added yet another touchdown at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter when Tarrion
Adams carried the ball 11 yards into the end zone.
Elijah Goldtrap posted the final score of the game for UTEP with a nine-yard
reception from Vittatoe midway through the third.
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Tulsa added yet three more touchdowns
as Adams registered a 10-yard TD run, Marion contributed a 40-yard scoring
reception from Johnson near the end of the third and Jacob Bower capped off
the night with a six-yard scoring run in the fourth frame to give the Golden
Hurricane and resounding 42-point triumph at home.
Averaging close to 10 yards per play, Tulsa rolled up an incredible 791 yards
of total offense, the most of any team at the Football Bowl Subdivision level
The scoring outburst by Tulsa was the most since the squad posted a 77-0
victory over Tampa during the 1967 campaign. In terms of all-time scoring
performances, the Golden Hurricane once dropped a whopping 152 points on
Oklahoma Baptist during the 1919 season.
As far as total yards in a single game is concerned, the school record still
stands at 798 yards, stemming from a 58-0 win over Idaho State a week prior to
posting the 77-point win versus Tampa more than four decades ago.
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