Scores

Final

Rice 28

(3-3, 2-1 C-USA)

Tulsa 63

(5-0, 2-0 American)

8:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 7 7 7 728
TLSA 7 14 21 2163

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 321 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Whitmore (TLSA) - 5 CAR, 83 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Dillard (RICE) - 7 REC, 142 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 63, Rice 28

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- David Johnson threw for 177 yards and four touchdowns and A.J. Whitmore had 83 yards and two scores as Tulsa shook off Rice in the second half and rolled to a 63-28 victory Saturday night.

The Golden Hurricane (5-0, 2-0 Conference USA) had a 21-14 halftime lead when they broke open the game early in the third quarter. Tulsa's Slick Shelley caught a rollout punt from Rice punter Kyle Martens at the Rice 25 and raced to the end zone.

Then Kenny Sims picked off Chase Clement, setting up a Tulsa drive capped by Johnson's 21-yard pass to Charles Clay for the score.

Rice cut the lead to 35-21, but the Golden Hurricane defense limited the Owls (3-3, 2-1 CUSA) to one more score after that.

Clement completed 22 of 42 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns, but besides being intercepted, he fumbled once and was sacked three times.

Tarrion Adams led all rushers with 112 yards and Charles Opeseyitan had 93. The Golden Hurricane piled up 577 yards, including a season-high 386 on the ground.

Despite the outcome, the first half was competitive. Tulsa, scored on a 15-yard run by Whitmore and Johnson's touchdown passes of 7 yards to Brennan Marion and 20 yards to Damaris Johnson.

Rice countered with a 2-yard run by James Casey and a 25-yard strike from Clement to Jarett Dillard, his 51st career touchdown reception. That broke an NCAA record of 50 held by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech.

It was the 42nd time Dillard and Clements have hooked up for a touchdown reception, adding to their NCAA mark set the previous week.

Tulsa scored more than 50 points in its fourth consecutive game, something that hasn't happened since the 1919 season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
TLSA
1st Downs3031
Total Yards453577
Passing350191
Rushing103386
Penalties4-465-45
3rd Down Conversions10-166-12
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers41
Possession29:5030:10

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement22/423217.621
TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson13/251777.141

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement15402.7014
Casey10313.1111
TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams231124.9022
Opeseyitan10949.4135

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dillard714220.3136
Casey912013.3129
TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marion47619.0143
Johnson45914.8120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICETLSA
TD07:27A.J. Whitmore 15 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 07
TD02:00James Casey 2 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERRICETLSA
TD14:06Brennan Marion 7 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 714
TD03:06Jarett Dillard 25 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1414
TD01:18Damaris Johnson 20 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERRICETLSA
TD14:12Slick Shelley 25 Yd Punt Return (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1428
TD11:58Charles Clay 21 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1435
TD06:20Taylor Wardlow 2 Yd Pass From James Casey (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2135
TD02:05Charles Clay 2 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2142
FOURTH QUARTERRICETLSA
TD14:28Courtney Tennial 1 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2149
TD09:49A.J. Whitmore 9 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2156
TD08:39James Casey 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2856
TD05:54Charles Opeseyitan 35 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2863