HOUSTON (AP) -- Tulsa's Jermaine Landrum wasn't going to be
denied the end zone on his game-winning 31-yard reception with 57
He broke two tackles, avoided another Rice defender near the
goal line and dove into the corner of the end zone to lift Tulsa to
a 31-28 victory Saturday.
"That was all Landrum on that play," said Tulsa quarterback
James Kilian, who threw the pass. "He's so quick that it's tough
to get a shot at him. There are not many guys who can tackle him in
the open field."
Tulsa (6-4, 4-2 WAC) had fallen behind 28-24 when Rice's Greg
Henderson scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:03 left. Clifford
Sparks recovered a fumble at the Tulsa 21 to set up Henderson's
Kilian then led a 12-play, 71-yard drive for the winning score.
He was 3-for-5 for 51 yards on the drive.
Rice (2-7, 2-3) lost the ball on the ensuing kickoff when Will
Galusha fumbled after a 22-yard return.
Kilian finished 18-of-30 for 195 yards and two touchdowns and
three interceptions, including one late in the third quarter that
Rice's Adam Herrin returned 35 yards for a score. That pulled the
Owls within 24-21.
"I just dropped back when we were in man coverage and read the
quarterback's eyes," Herrin explained. "I knew when I had the
ball in my hands that I was going all the way."
Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said he wasn't too concerned about
"After he threw that interception that they took back for a
touchdown, I said, 'Don't worry about it,' he said. "I knew he
would respond the way he did."
Eric Richardson led Tulsa in rushing with 86 yards and two
touchdowns on 12 carries.
Ed Bailey ran 20 times for 93 yards and a touchdown for Rice.
Rice led 14-10 at halftime, but in the third quarter Richardson
got loose for a 21-yard touchdown run and Kilian hit Garrett Mills
for a 23-yard score to put Tulsa up 24-14.
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