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Tulsa returns to C-USA play against Houston

Nov 11, 2008 - 6:33 PM (24) Tulsa (8-1) at Houston (5-4), 8:00 pm EST

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Still stinging from its first loss of the season, 24th-ranked Tulsa returns to Conference USA play Saturday night when it visits Houston.

The Golden Hurricane (8-1, 5-0 C-USA West) won their first eight games this season thanks to a high-powered offense that eclipsed the 40-point plateau seven times.

But Tulsa's surprising run toward an unlikely BCS bowl berth ended in disappointing fashion on November 1, when the Golden Hurricane stalled offensively in a 30-23 loss at Arkansas.

Despite rallying from an early 17-0 deficit to tie the score twice, the Golden Hurricane managed just three second-half points against the Razorbacks, who sealed the victory when Tulsa's David Johnson threw an incomplete pass on fourth down from the Arkansas 7-yard line.

"Arkansas' defense did a great job up front, especially early," Johnson said. "They did some things that confused us a little bit, and came at us hard from the get-go."

Arkansas took the lead for good when Dennis Johnson scored on a 96-yard kickoff return in the third quarter to provide the final margin.

Tulsa head coach Todd Graham blamed himself for the loss, claiming that the Golden Hurricane's coaching staff had second- and third-string players on the field for Johnson's TD return.

"We let our players down as a coaching staff," Graham told the Tulsa World. "We didn't have our best players in there, which was inexcusable."

Thanks to a bye week, Graham and the Golden Hurricane have had plenty of time to prepare for their return to league play.

Tulsa has won 11 of its last 14 Conference USA games, including the first five this season.

The Golden Hurricane have been led by the dynamic Johnson, the highest-rated passer in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Johnson has completed just under 67 percent of his attempts for 2,983 yards and 33 TDs. But the senior struggled against Arkansas, finishing just 17-of-31 for 322 yards, a TD and an interception.

Johnson and Tulsa figure to get back on track offensively against Houston (5-4, 4-1), which has yielded an average of 29.7 points over its last three games.

The Cougars rebounded from their first C-USA loss of the season with last Saturday's 42-14 victory over Tulane.

Houston's Case Keenum threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns, recording his 10th consecutive 300-yard passing effort.

The Golden Hurricane crushed Houston, 56-7, last season in Tulsa and own a 16-17 all-time record in this series.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULANE 0 7 0 7 14
    HOUSTON 7 14 21 0 42 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 15 YD RUN (BEN
    BELL KICK), 6:26. HOUSTON 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: TULANE - TD, NATHAN AUSTIN 11 YD RUN (ROSS
    THEVENOT KICK), 4:57. TULANE
    7-7
    HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 19 YD PASS FROM
    CA

    Nov 8 11:42 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TULANE
    NATHAN AUSTIN 1 YD RUN
    (ROSS THEVENOT KICK)
    TULANE 14
    HOUSTON 42 9:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Tulane 14, Houston 42  4th - 9:17Nov 8 11:22 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULANE 0 7 0 7
    HOUSTON 7 14 21 42 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 15 YD RUN (BEN
    BELL KICK), 6:26. HOUSTON 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: TULANE - TD, NATHAN AUSTIN 11 YD RUN (ROSS
    THEVENOT KICK), 4:57. TULANE
    7-7
    HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 19

    Nov 8 11:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    TIM MONROE 49 YD PASS FROM CASE KEENUM
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 42 0:17 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 42  3rd - 0:17Nov 8 11:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    MARK HAFNER 4 YD PASS FROM CASE KEENUM
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 35 3:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 35  3rd - 3:31Nov 8 10:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    CHAZ RODRIGUEZ 38 YD PASS FROM CASE KEENUM
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 28 13:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 28  3rd - 13:31Nov 8 10:19 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULANE 0 7 7
    HOUSTON 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 15 YD RUN (BEN
    BELL KICK), 6:26. HOUSTON 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: TULANE - TD, NATHAN AUSTIN 11 YD RUN (ROSS
    THEVENOT KICK), 4:57. TULANE
    7-7
    HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 19 YD PASS

    Nov 8 9:51 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    BRYCE BEALL 2 YD RUN
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 21 3:27 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 21  2nd - 3:27Nov 8 9:25 PM
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    Tulane 7, Houston 14  2nd - 6:33Nov 8 9:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    BRYCE BEALL 19 YD PASS FROM CASE KEENUM
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 14 6:33 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 14  2nd - 6:33Nov 8 9:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TULANE
    NATHAN AUSTIN 11 YD RUN
    (ROSS THEVENOT KICK)
    TULANE 7
    HOUSTON 7 10:03 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulane 7, Houston 7  2nd - 10:03Nov 8 9:07 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULANE 0 0
    HOUSTON 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HOUSTON - TD, BRYCE BEALL 15 YD RUN (BEN
    BELL KICK), 6:26. HOUSTON 7-0

    Nov 8 8:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD HOUSTON
    BRYCE BEALL 15 YD RUN
    (BEN BELL KICK)
    TULANE 0
    HOUSTON 7 8:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tulane 0, Houston 7  1st - 8:34Nov 8 8:24 PM
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