Scores

Final

Tulsa 48

(9-3, 4-2 away)

Rice 43

(3-9, 1-5 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 20 7 7 1448
RICE 9 13 7 1443

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 441 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Adams (TLSA) - 24 CAR, 146 YDS

Receiving: B. Marion (TLSA) - 7 REC, 244 YDS, 2 TD

Tulsa 48, Rice 43

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Paul Smith threw for 441 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Tulsa to the Conference USA West Division title with a 48-43 win over Rice on Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane (9-3, 6-2), despite giving up 700 yards total offense to the Owls, will play Central Florida in the C-USA title game Dec. 1.

Tulsa had 592 yards and finished the regular season with five straight wins after losing at Central Florida on Oct. 20.

Smith completed 22 of 39 passes and threw a pair of touchdown passes apiece to Brennan Marion and Trae Johnson, who caught a 19-yard pass that put Tulsa ahead 48-36 with 5:43 left.

Chase Clement completed 40 of 66 passes for 541 yards and three touchdowns, including a 36-yarder to Joel Armstrong with 1:44 left to keep Rice (3-9, 3-5 in C-USA) alive.

Tulsa's Tarrion Adams, who had 150 rushing yards, recovered the ensuing onside kick, and the Golden Hurricane ran out the clock.

Rice's James Casey caught 11 passes for a team-high 110 yards, while Armstrong finished with 109 yards on just five catches.

Clement led the Owls with 75 yards rushing on 17 carries while C.J. Ugokwe ran for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith had three of his touchdown passes in a 20-point first quarter for Tulsa after Rice had taken a 7-0 lead on a pass from Clement to Chance Talbert.

The Golden Hurricane extended the lead to 27-9 as Smith ran in from 2 yards four seconds into the second quarter. But Rice made things interesting with Ugokwe's 12-yard scoring run, following by a 25-yard TD pass from Clement to Jarett Dillard just 80 seconds before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
RICE
1st Downs2838
Total Yards592700
Passing441541
Rushing151159
Penalties4-455-58
3rd Down Conversions6-158-17
4th Down Conversions0-12-4
Turnovers11
Possession25:2334:37

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith22/3944111.351
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement40/665418.231

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams241466.1035
Williams11313.0113
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement17603.5017
Ugokwe11454.1212

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marion724434.9249
Johnson58517.0229
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey1111010.0031
Armstrong510921.8136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSARICE
TD12:33Chance Talbert 24 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 07
TD12:25Brennan Marion 49 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Pat Blocked) 67
DC12:25Brandon King 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 69
TD09:23Brennan Marion 31 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 139
TD03:02Trae Johnson 29 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 209
SECOND QUARTERTLSARICE
TD14:56Paul Smith 2 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 279
TD05:26C.J. Ugokwe 12 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2716
TD01:20Jarett Dillard 25 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2722
THIRD QUARTERTLSARICE
TD03:05Cody Madison 2 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 3422
TD00:58Justin Hill 5 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 3429
FOURTH QUARTERTLSARICE
TD10:45Jamad Williams 13 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 4129
TD07:51C.J. Ugokwe 6 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4136
TD05:43Trae Johnson 19 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 4836
TD01:44Joel Armstrong 36 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4843