Tulsa Quarterback Paul Smith Leads The Hurricane Past BYU

Sunday, September 16th 2007, 2:33 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Senior quarterback Paul Smith passes for a career-high 454 yards and five touchdowns to lead Tulsa to a wild 55-47 victory over Brigham Young.

In a game in which the teams with proud passing traditions combined for 1,289 yards, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries by the Tulsa defense and two penalties on a late BYU possession spelled the difference.

BYU drove to a first down at the Tulsa 12 with just over two minutes left. But consecutive false starts bumped the Cougars back to the 22 and quarterback Max Hall misfired on four consecutive passes from there.

Hall passed for a career-high 526 yards, completing 34 of 57 passes with four touchdowns and two interceptions. His final completion was fumbled by Andrew George and recovered by Tulsa's Steve Craver.

That allowed the Golden Hurricane to run out the clock on a game that lasted three hours and 57 minutes.

BYU amassed 694 yards. Tulsa had 595 yards, 490 of those through the air.

TU is now 2-0 while BYU is 1-2. Tulsa hosts third ranked Oklahoma Friday night.