(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: Tulsa 59, Marshall 17
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - G.J. Kinne threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane routed Marshall 59-17 in a Conference USA tilt at Chapman Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane racked up 682 yards of total offense, their most in a game since gaining 791 yards against UTEP on Oct. 18, 2008. Ja'Terian Douglas ran for a career-high 194 yards on only 10 carries, while Trey Watts added 144 rushing yards with a score and Alex Singleton notched three rushing TDs from short distance.
Bryan Burnham caught a career-best 10 passes for 146 yards and a TD to help the Golden Hurricane (7-3, 6-0 C-USA) remain unbeaten in league play and keep pace with Houston atop the C-USA West Division standings. Tulsa, which has won 11 straight league games, will face the undefeated Cougars in its regular- season finale two weekends from now in what is shaping up to be a highly- anticipated bout.
Travon Van ran for 114 yards and a score for the Thundering Herd (4-6, 3-3), who will need to win out to become bowl eligible. They play at Memphis next weekend and then host East Carolina in the regular-season finale the following week. Marshall may be without starting quarterback A.J. Graham, who exited with an injury in the second quarter and did not return.
Tulsa grabbed an early 7-0 lead on Watts' four-yard touchdown run a little more than one minute into the game. The score was set up by Douglas' 48-yard run on the team's first play from scrimmage.
After another three-and-out by the Herd, Tulsa got the ball back and drove right down the field, with Kinne finding Clay Sears for a two-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 advantage.
Marshall got on the board with a 30-yard field goal from Tyler Warner late in the first quarter. However, Tulsa answered with four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to take control.
Willie Carter opened that scoring flurry with a 26-yard TD reception from Kinne with 13:45 remaining until halftime. Singleton then scored on a one-yard run midway through the frame to make it a 28-3 game.
The Golden Hurricane tacked on two more touchdowns in the final minute of the first half. Singleton scored his second rushing touchdown of the day on a two- yard run with 56 seconds remaining in the half. Tulsa got the ball back after Marshall fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and two plays later Kinne found a wide open Sears for a 16-yard touchdown pass to open up a 42-3 lead with 48 seconds to play in the half.
Marshall opened the second half with a 69-yard touchdown run by Van two minutes into the third quarter. However, Kinne answered right back with a 35- yard touchdown pass to Burnham.
The Herd scored again on a 31-yard pass from Rakeem Cato to Aaron Dobson to make it a 49-17 game with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter, but they would not draw any closer.
Singleton scored his third rushing touchdown of the game on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Tulsa kicker Kevin Fitzpatrick added a 20-yard field goal with just under seven minutes remaining to account for the final margin.
Tulsa kept the chains moving with 32 first downs and scored on seven of eight trips into the red zone. Six of those scores resulted in touchdowns, as Marshall simply could not keep pace.
11/12 16:58:40 ET