Scores

Final

Tulsa 37

(6-0, 3-0 American)

SMU 31

(1-6, 0-4 American)

8:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 3 10 11 1337
SMU 7 10 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mitchell (SMU) - 318 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Whitmore (TLSA) - 8 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Shelley (TLSA) - 6 REC, 105 YDS, 2 TD

Tulsa 37, SMU 31

Associated Press

DALLAS -- David Johnson threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, A.J. Whitmore had the go-ahead score and Tulsa improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1942 with a 37-31 victory over SMU on Saturday night.

Tulsa (3-0 Conference USA) trailed 31-24 heading into the fourth quarter before scoring twice in just over a minute to take the lead for good.

Johnson hit Trae Johnson, who hauled in the pass over SMU defensive back Keith Robinson, for a 33-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-21 to tie the game at 31 with 9:53 remaining.

Tulsa's DeAundre Brown intercepted Bo Levi Mitchell on the first play of the ensuing drive to give the Golden Hurricane the ball at the Mustangs' 26.

Whitmore scored on an 8-yard run three plays later to put Tulsa on top 37-31 with 8:40 left.

The Golden Hurricane, who came in leading the nation in scoring and total offense, had 602 yards of total offense to snap a six-game losing streak at SMU (1-6, 0-4) that dates back to 1991.

Tulsa's Tarrion Adams rushed for 121 yards, and Slick Shelley had 105 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns.

Mitchell, who was 19-of-34, passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns. His 77-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders gave the Mustangs a 31-24 lead.

Sanders had six catches for 132 yards.

SMU, whose only win is against FCS team Texas State, has lost 16 straight to FBS schools. The Mustangs have also dropped 13 consecutive games to conference opponents.

The Mustangs drove to the Tulsa 26 in the final minute. Mitchell threw toward an open Cole Beasley in the end zone. But Beasley dropped the pass that could have given SMU the lead.

Mitchell's fourth-and-2 pass was just beyond the outstretched hands of Sanders, and Tulsa got the ball back on downs and ran out the final seconds.

Mitchell threw two touchdowns in the first half to help the Mustangs take a 17-13 lead.

After Jarod Tracy's field goal brought Tulsa within a point, the teams combined to score three times in 68 seconds.

Mitchell tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Terrance Wilkerson with 8:57 left in the third.

The Golden Hurricane, who came into the weekend as one of two undefeated teams that were unranked, quickly answered on David Johnson's 40-yard TD pass to Shelley.

Mitchell then found a wide open Sanders for a 77-yard touchdown to cap the scoring frenzy with 7:49 remaining in the third. Sanders tied a school record with his ninth 100-yard receiving game.

Before Mitchell's 26-yard touchdown pass to Beasley put the Mustangs ahead 7-3 late in the first quarter, Tulsa had scored 50 in four straight games and hadn't trailed since its opening game.

After Bryan McCann intercepted Johnson in the end zone to stop a Tulsa threat, the Mustangs went up 14-3 on Mitchell's 18-yard TD to Aldrick Robinson.

Tulsa fought within 17-13 on Tracy's 34-yard field goal as the first half ended.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
SMU
1st Downs3221
Total Yards602469
Passing281318
Rushing321151
Penalties7-454-40
3rd Down Conversions6-153-11
4th Down Conversions2-20-2
Turnovers31
Possession29:4030:20

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson17/302819.432
SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell19/343189.441

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams211215.8023
Whitmore89111.4137
SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler99510.6038
McKinney9384.207

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shelley610517.5240
Johnson39230.7139
SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders613222.0177
Beasley89411.8126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSASMU
FG03:34Jarod Tracy 24 Yd 30
TD00:52Cole Beasley 26 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERTLSASMU
TD06:43Aldrick Robinson 18 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 314
TD04:56Slick Shelley 15 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1014
FG00:46Thomas Morstead 46 Yd 1017
FG00:00Jarod Tracy 34 Yd 1317
THIRD QUARTERTLSASMU
FG12:23Jarod Tracy 22 Yd 1617
TD08:57Terrance Wilkerson 10 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 1624
TD08:05Slick Shelley 40 Yd Pass From David Johnson (David Johnson Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2424
TD07:49Emmanuel Sanders 77 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2431
FOURTH QUARTERTLSASMU
TD09:53Trae Johnson 33 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 3131
TD08:40A.J. Whitmore 8 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 3731