A Golden Hurricane Win

Saturday, October 27th 2007, 9:11 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa turned to freshman Charles Clay in what was the biggest drive of the season.

Charles Clay didn't disappoint, catching a 51-yard touchdown pass from Paul Smith with 43 seconds left to lift Tulsa past Southern Methodist 29-23 on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 23-21, Tulsa stopped SMU on fourth-and-goal at the Tulsa 1 with 1:56 left, as
linebacker Alain Karatepeyan tackled SMU running back DeMyron Martin, who was running up the middle.

"When you get to the 1-yard line and you can't score like that, you don't deserve to win," SMU coach Phil Bennett said.

With one time-out left, the Golden Hurricane went 99 yards in nine plays to score the winning touchdown.

"He's a clutch player, a man-child, as some of our teammates call him," Smith said of the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Clay.

TU's Charles Clay finished with 106 yards on five catches, including the touchdown and a 22-yarder that set up the game-winner.