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November 11, 2012

TU hammers Houston

HOUSTON (AP) -- Alex Singleton and Cody Green rushed for two touchdowns each as Tulsa's offense cranked out 505 yards in a 41-7 victory against Houston on Saturday night.

"We finished well," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "It is great for us to go into next week with some momentum. Being an alumni and a letterman of Tulsa, I know the history of this rivalry. It was an important win for us knowing we won't be playing these guys for a while.

"Our defense played really well today. You always want a shut out, but that last touchdown doesn't take away from the overall performance. We know it has been an emotional week for Houston, and they were battling a lot of issues off the field."

Singleton had a pair of 1-yard scoring runs and Green had TD runs of 3 and 1 yards for the Golden Hurricane (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA). Ja'Terian Douglas had 87 yards on 12 carries for Tulsa, which finished with 350 yards on the ground and had four rushers amass at least 50 yards.

Green was 17 of 31 passing for 130 yards with an interception. Singleton had 79 yards on 16 carries.

The Cougars (4-6, 3-3) trailed 41-0 before backup quarterback Crawford Jones hit Ryan Jackson with a 16-yard TD pass with 7:08 remaining.

"We are getting better at keeping the play in front of us," said Blankenship. "Stopping the vertical plays was something we emphasized this week in practice. There isn't much of a question that what they do successfully on offense runs through Charles Sims. With him being out, it was tougher for them to generate a consistent run game."

The Hurricane shut down Houston's usually potent passing attack, allowing just 184 passing yards.

"It was crucial to get 17 points (at halftime)," Blankenship described. "That put us up by three scores. Houston has a great offense that can score quickly, and they have shown the ability to come from behind no matter the deficit. Knowing that we got the ball back to open the second half gave us more of an opportunity to put some distance in the score. When we answered with the first possession in the second half, it was great for our offense to have those scores."


• Tulsa has now won 17 of their last 18 Conference USA games. Tulsa has now won eight straight C-USA road games dating back to Nov. 13, 2010 when Tulsa defeated Houston 28-25.

• Tulsa scored 3 points in the first quarter. In the last four games, Tulsa has only scored 13 first quarter points compared to an average of 16.0 points in the first six games.

• Tulsa held Houston scoreless in the first quarter. It's the first time this season that Tulsa did not give up a first quarter point.

• The last time Tulsa held an opponent scoreless at halftime was last year against SMU, as Tulsa led 24-0 at halftime in a home game on Oct. 29, 2011.

• Alex Singleton had two first-half touchdowns. It is the seventh time this year and 12th time in his career that he has had a multiple TD game.

• Singleton set the single-season record for touchdowns with 18 TDs on his two first-half touchdowns. The record was held by Steve Gage (1985) with 17 touchdowns.

• With those two first-half TDs, Singleton has now scored 108 points this season on 18 touchdowns to rank fourth on the single season list . . . the single-season school record is 127 points held by Howard Twilley (1965).

• Dexter McCoil had his team-high fourth interception of the season and increased his school career-leading interception total to 17.

• This was the third time this season that Tulsa scored on its first possession of the second half. The other games were Marshall and UTEP.

• Tulsa's 17-play drive was the third longest of the season, behind two 19-play drives, one against Tulane and one against UTEP.

• Dwight Dobbins had his first interception of the season and the second of his career.

• Cory Dorris' interception for a 22-yard TD return was his first interception of his career in his 48th career game played. It was also the third defensive touchdown of the season for Tulsa, but the first by interception. The previous two were fumble returns.

• Tulsa went over 500 total yards of offense for the third time this year, but just the first time in the last seven games.

• Tulsa's defense forced a season-high 4 turnovers, including a season-high three interceptions and one fumble.

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