North Texas 3

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Tulsa 28

(2-1, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 16, 2006

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 0 3 0 03
TLSA 0 7 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 266 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Diles (TLSA) - 8 CAR, 47 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Bugg (TLSA) - 7 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 28, North Texas 3

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Despite managing just 89 yards of total offense, North Texas made a misfiring Tulsa sweat for a half before falling 28-3 on Saturday.

The Mean Green picked off two of TU quarterback Paul Smith's first four pass attempts and clung to a 3-0 lead until Smith found Ted Curtis for a 4-yard score on the final play of the first half.

That touchdown capped a 96-yard drive in which the Golden Hurricane converted three times on fourth down, including the final play. Tulsa had been prepared to kick a tying field goal until North Texas called a timeout for substitution purposes, at which point Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe sent the offense back out.

"I think our coaches wanted to get some momentum going into halftime," Smith said. "Up to that point we had sputtered. I was about ready to go into halftime, then all of a sudden were out there."

Smith, who threw just six interceptions in 364 attempts a year ago, was on target in the second half, directing Tulsa (2-1) on two long scoring drives to open the half. He finished with 266 yards passing and two touchdowns, completing 21 of 33 passes.

"We just talked about what we needed to fix," Kragthorpe said of his halftime adjustments. "We made some errors early, but I thought Paul settled down and did a good job throwing the ball around."

North Texas wasn't able to build on its early advantage. The Mean Green had just 27 yards rushing in 31 attempts and quarterbacks Woody Wilson and Daniel Meager combined to pass for just 62 yards as Tulsa had its top defensive outing since limiting Indiana State to 69 yards in 2001.

"It was a very frustrating night, particularly offensively," said North Texas coach Darrell Dickey. "We are very intent on establishing the running game and its not happening.

... Obviously, Tulsa deserves a lot of credit for shutting us down."

Smith directed Tulsa on scoring drives of 82 and 70 yards to open the second half. The first was capped by an inside screen that Ryan Bugg converted into a 34-yard touchdown.

It was Bugg's fourth reception of the drive and he finished with seven catches for 87 yards.

Brandon Diles scored on a 1-yard run to finish off the next drive and later scored on a 9-yard fourth-quarter run on the first play following a fumble by Meager, who replaced Wilson in the third quarter.

North Texas back Jamario Thomas, who ran for 1,801 yards in 2004, was limited to 33 yards in 13 carries. Receiver Johnny Quinn extended his consecutive game streak with a reception to 39, but had just the one catch for 5 yards.

Tulsa's defense rebounded from allowing 49 points and 467 yards the previous week against Brigham Young.