Tulsa 23, Rice 16- Burns gets first win at TU

Thursday, September 14th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA (1-2) AT RICE (1-2)

HOUSTON (AP) _ Donald Shoals returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and Tulsa capitalized on three Rice fumbles as the Golden Hurricane defeated the Owls 23-16 on Saturday.

Tulsa (1-2) converted three fumble recoveries into Chris Earnest field goals, two in the second half, and held off a fourth quarter Rice charge to win its first game under first year head coach Keith Burns.

After leading 17-6 at the half, Ashton Farley recovered a Corey Evans fumble at the Rice 18 to set up a 25 yard Earnest field goal with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter to give Tulsa a 20-6 advantage.

On Rice's next possession Keithan McCory recovered a fumble by Gilbert Okoronkwo at the Rice 45 and Earnest kicked a 42-yard field goal to give Tulsa a 23-6 lead with 5:42 left in the period.

The Owls (1-2) managed 10 fourth quarter points on a 33-yard field goal by Derek Crabtree with 13:06 left and a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Wulf to Okoronkwo with 1:06 remaining

A pass from Wulf intended for Matt Webber was intercepted at the Tulsa goal line by Corey Brown as the game ended.

A scoreless first quarter ended with Rice failing on a fourth down and two situation at the Tulsa five. The Owls drove 60 yards before fullback Robbie Beck was stopped inches short of a first down.

Rice took a 3-0 lead with 9:16 left in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Crabtree. The Owls drove 56 yards in nine plays for the score.

Tulsa tied the score, 3-3, on a 32-yard field goal by Earnest with 6;17 left in the second quarter. The field goal was set up by a fumble recovery by Keith Carey at the Rice 30 after Sean White fumbled on a punt return.

Tulsa took a 10-3 lead on its next possession, when Donte Hart scored on a three-yard run with 4:13 remaining in the second period. A 44-yard pass from quarterback Josh Blakenship to Brown moved the ball to the Rice 10 to set up the touchdown.

Tulsa increased its lead to 17-3 with 1:05 left in the half, when Shoals return a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.

Rice cut its deficit to 17-6 at the half on a 25-yard field goal by Crabtree.

Quarter 1st2nd 3rd4thFinal


RUSHING_Tulsa, Hart 21-56, Richardson 5-20, Bohanon 5-13, Blankenship 5-(minus 16). Rice, Beck 12-78, Tyler 3-56, Evans 13-53, White 5-41, Sadler 12-37, Hawkins 10-34, Griffin 4-24, Wulf 3-12.

PASSING_Tulsa, Blankenship 10-27-1. Rice, Evans 2-12-0, 4-9-1

RECEIVING_Tulsa, Shoals 3-73, Roach 3-61, Brown 2-11, LeCrone 1-44, Carey 1-5. Rice, Sadler 2-47, Okoronkwo 2-24, Hawkins 1-6, White 1-5.

TeamScore TimeSummaryRunning Score
Rice9:16 2ndQDerrick Crabtree 27 yd FGRice 3-0
Tulsa6:17 2ndQChris Earnest 32 yd FGTied 3-3
Tulsa4:13 2ndQDontae Hart 2 yd run(kick good)Tulsa 10-3
Tulsa1:05 2ndQDonald Shoals 72 yd punt return(kick good)Tulsa 17-3
Rice:00 2ndQCrabtree 23 yd FGTulsa 17-6
Tulsa8:21 3rdQEarnest 26 yd FGTulsa 20-6
Tulsa5:43 3rdQEarnest 42 yd FGTulsa 23-6
Rice13:06 4thQCrabtree 33 yd FGTulsa 23-9
Rice1:06 4thQOwkalengo 12 yd rec from Ben WulfTulsa 23-16