Houston 27, Tulsa 10
Saturday, November 4th 2006, 6:06 pm
By: News On 6
HOUSTON (AP) Anthony Aldridge rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown to help Houston defeat Tulsa 27-10 on Saturday, ending Tulsa's 6 game winning streak.
Houston (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) scored on consecutive drives at the end of the 1st half and the start of the 2nd half to win its third straight. The Cougars moved past Tulsa (7-2, 4-1) into 1st place in the conference's West Division.
Houston's Kevin Kolb hit 16-21 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown.
Paul Smith of Tulsa, who was averaging 210 yards passing a game, managed only 52 yards through 3 quarters. He finished 16 of 34 for 136 yards, 56 in the last 2 minutes.
Houston led 7-0 after a 3 yard touchdown run by Aldridge on the Cougars' opening drive.
Roshawn Pope fumbled on the first play of Houston's second drive, and Tulsa's Walter Boyd recovered at the 9 yard line. One play later, Courtney Tennial scored to tie the game at 7.
The teams traded field goals in the 2nd quarter, then Kolb hit Vincent Marshall with a 14 yard touchdown pass with :05 seconds remaining for a 17-10 halftime lead.
Marshall caught 4 passes for 54 yards to move past Elmo Wright into the all-time Houston lead with 3,359 yards receiving.
Jackie Battle's 1 yard run capped a 10 play, 83 yard drive at the start of the 3rd quarter to give Houston a 24-10 lead with 9:39 to play in the period. Ben Bell's second 24 yard field goal with 2:24 to play finished the scoring.