SMU takes advantage of Tulsa miscues for 35-27 win
By Staff Reports
Saturday, November 24, 2012
11/24/12 at 6:57 PM
DALLAS -- SMU turned three first-half miscues by Tulsa into 21 points, then held on for a 35-27 win over the Hurricane on Saturday.
The loss dropped Tulsa to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA, but the Hurricane will still host Central Florida next Saturday in the C-USA Championship Game. Central Florida beat Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday to set up the rematch. Tulsa beat UCF last week at Chapman Stadium.
Errors that the Hurricane had survived during the season finally caught up to it Saturday. SMU turned a blocked punt, a fumble and an interception into a 21-0 second-quarter lead.
And when Tulsa did score on a 9-yard pass from Cody Green to Alex Singleton to cut the lead to 21-6, the Hurricane missed the extra point.
The Mustangs built a 35-6 advantage before Tulsa rallied. Cody Green, who was 36-of-64 for 413 yards, threw two second-half touchdowns. Green also hit Willie Carter with a two-point conversion pass after a Singleton touchdown, cutting the lead to 35-27 with 5:05 left.
Tulsa had a final chance to tie the game, but Jordan James was tackled just short of the goal line after catching Green's 34-yard Hail Mary pass.
Tulsa's Jordan James can't come up with a catch as SMU's Kenneth Acker defends during the first half of their game Saturday in Dallas. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World