Scores

Final

Houston 7

(6-4, 5-2 American)

Tulsa 56

(7-3, 5-2 American)

3:05 PM ET, November 10, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 0 0 77
TLSA 14 21 14 756

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 313 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: A. Alridge (HOU) - 16 CAR, 91 YDS

Receiving: B. Marion (TLSA) - 3 REC, 91 YDS, 2 TD

Tulsa 56, Houston 7

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Paul Smith completed 15 of 28 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns to help lead Tulsa to a 56-7 victory over Houston on Saturday.

Smith is now the single-season and career leader for Tulsa in passing yards, with 3,496 yards for the season and 9,367 in his career.

He completed 11 of 23 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a surprising first half as the Golden Hurricane took a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Houston (6-4, 5-2 Conference USA) came into the game needing only a win to clinch the Western Division title of Conference USA. Now Tulsa needs only to win its final conference game on Nov. 24 at Rice to win the division title and advance to the conference championship game.

Tulsa (7-3, 5-2) forced five turnovers and shut down a Houston offense whose previous low total for points in conference games this season was 34.

Smith scored on a 3-yard run on the first possession of the game, and Tulsa scored again on its second possession, a 53-yard touchdown pass by Smith to Brennan Marion, to lead 14-0 after the first quarter.

The Golden Hurricane scored three touchdowns in the last 3:24 of the half, with Smith connecting with Marion on a leaping 32-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-0. Tulsa then followed a fumble recovery with a 51-yard touchdown catch by Charles Clay with 2:13 left in the half.

An interception by Nelson Coleman with 1:25 left in the half set up a 43-yard touchdown drive with Jake Collums capping the half with an 11-yard TD pass with one second left.

Tulsa went up 42-0 on its first possession of the second half on a 37-yard pass from Smith to Dion Toliver. On the play, Smith surpassed Billy Guy Anderson's season record and the career record of T.J. Rubley.

Houston was down 56-0 before finally scoring with 2:25 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
TLSA
1st Downs1722
Total Yards324515
Passing126313
Rushing198202
Penalties12-949-75
3rd Down Conversions5-147-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers51
Possession28:5331:07

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum12/15815.401
TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith15/2831311.250

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge16915.7025
Ganaway8394.9116
TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams16563.5110
Smith7324.6117

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery45012.5014
Hafner6477.8022
TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clay59719.4151
Marion39130.3253

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUTLSA
TD12:57Paul Smith 3 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 07
TD04:22Brennan Marion 53 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERHOUTLSA
TD03:24Brennan Marion 32 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 021
TD02:13Charles Clay 51 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 028
TD00:01Jacob Collums 11 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERHOUTLSA
TD10:50Dion Toliver 37 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 042
TD07:29Tarrion Adams 2 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 049
FOURTH QUARTERHOUTLSA
TD11:35Jamad Williams 10 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 056
TD02:25Terrance Ganaway 5 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 756