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 ||1st||2nd ||3rd||4th||Final|
|Team||Score Time||Summary||Running Score|
|Rice||9:16 2ndQ||Derrick Crabtree 27 yd FG||Rice 3-0|
|Tulsa||6:17 2ndQ||Chris Earnest 32 yd FG||Tied 3-3|
|Tulsa||4:13 2ndQ||Dontae Hart 2 yd run(kick good)||Tulsa 10-3|
|Tulsa||1:05 2ndQ||Donald Shoals 72 yd punt return(kick good)||Tulsa 17-3|
|Rice||:00 2ndQ||Crabtree 23 yd FG||Tulsa 17-6|
|Tulsa||8:21 3rdQ||Earnest 26 yd FG||Tulsa 20-6|
|Tulsa||5:43 3rdQ||Earnest 42 yd FG||Tulsa 23-6|
|Rice||13:06 4thQ||Crabtree 33 yd FG||Tulsa 23-9|
|Rice||1:06 4thQ||Owkalengo 12 yd rec from Ben Wulf||Tulsa 23-16|
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.