Following their 28-25 victory at Houston, a pair of Tulsa players have been honored as this week's Conference USA Players of the Week. Golden Hurricane junior QB G.J. Kinne earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors and freshman DB Marco Nelson gained Defensive recognition after both players were instrumental in helping Tulsa to its fourth consecutive victory and move into a first place tie in the West Division.
In Tulsa's road win over Houston on Saturday, Kinne accounted for 344 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. He had the fourth-highest rushing game in Conference USA this year and the third-highest total ever by a QB with 190 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries.
Kinne also completed 65-percent of his passes for 154 yards and two scores. Kinne's two TD passes came in the first half when Tulsa built a 21-7 lead, while he scored the lone second-half TD for the Hurricane on a one-yard run.
In the final 5:39 of the game, Kinne rushed for 22 yards and threw a key second-and-nine pass completion to help the Hurricane run out the clock.
Nelson, starting his ninth game for the Hurricane as a true freshman, totaled seven tackles, including six solos and tied single-game school and conference records with three interceptions at Houston. On Sunday, he was selected as the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his three-interception performance in the victory.
All three interceptions were deep in Tulsa territory, thus preventing the Cougars from scoring. In the first quarter, Nelson had the first pick-off on Houston's initial offensive possession. After Tulsa took an early 7-0 lead, Houston had gone to the Tulsa 12-yard line and Nelson intercepted a pass in the end zone off a batted pass by teammate Charles Davis.
On Houston's second possession, the Cougars were again driving in Tulsa territory when Nelson intercepted his second pass at the Tulsa 15-yard line.
After Houston clawed to within three points, 28-25, the Cougars were driving to take the lead and the potential victory. Nelson's third interception came with 5:43 remaining in the game when he picked off a Houston pass at the Tulsa 21-yard line and returned it seven yards. The Tulsa offense proceeded to run-out the final 5:39 on the game clock to preserve the three-point victory on the road.