GAMEDAY College Football

Houston 45, Tulsa 10

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

TULSA, Okla - Freshman Alton McCaskill scored a career-best three touchdowns - all in the first half - and Clayton Tune passed for 241 yards and a pair of scores as Houston defeated Tulsa 45-10.

McCaskill, who gained 77 yards on 17 carries, scored twice from the 1-yard line and added a 27-yard burst up the middle that included a pirouette at about the 15 as he broke through the final defenders. He had previously scored two touchdowns each in wins over Rice and Grambling.

Houston (4-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) scored three straight possessions early, leading 21-0 less than a minute into the second quarter. Tune was 17 of 24 passing with touchdowns to Jeremy Singleton early and Seth Green late.

Tulsa's first four possessions resulted in two punts, a turnover on downs and an interception. The Hurricanes never got on track, with 27 yards rushing, three turnovers and 11 penalties for 119 yards.

Two plays after a pass interference penalty on Houston kept a Tulsa drive alive, Davis Brin found Ezra Naylor II deep over the middle on a 41-yard scoring pass as the Hurricanes cut the gap to 42-10 late in the game.

Brin completed 20 of 39 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown against three interceptions. He was sacked four times for a loss of 40 yards.

Just before halftime, Tulsa's Jaise Oliver intercepted Tune, resulting in an 11-play 65-yard drive ending with a 33-yard Zack Long field goal as the Hurricanes went into the break trailing 28-3.

Tulsa (1-4, 0-1) opened the second half with the ball, but held it for only three plays before Brin was picked off by Houston's Gervarrius Owens, who returned it 45 yards for a Cougars touchdown.

Owens caught a tipped pass and picked up a convoy of blockers as he returned it along the right sideline for the score.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter HouTulsa
Hou TD 4:23 Alton McCaskill 1 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 7 0
Hou TD 1:14 Jeremy Singleton 47 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 14 0
Second Quarter HouTulsa
Hou TD 13:01 Alton McCaskill 27 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 21 0
Hou TD 9:33 Alton McCaskill 1 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 28 0
Tulsa FG 1:22 Zack Long 33 yd FG 28 3
Third Quarter HouTulsa
Hou TD 14:06 Gervarrius Owens 45 yd interception return (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 35 3
Fourth Quarter HouTulsa
Hou TD 14:55 Seth Green 8 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 42 3
Tulsa TD 9:26 Ezra Naylor II 41 yd pass from Davis Brin (Zack Long kick) 42 10
Hou FG 4:19 Dalton Witherspoon 48 yd FG 45 10
Team Stats
  Houston Tulsa
First downs 22 14
  Rushing 5 2
  Passing 13 10
  Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 33-144 28-31
Passing Yards 261 258
Return Yards 145 13
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-29-1 20-39-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 4--26
Punts 4 6
Punts-Average 43.8 45
Fumbles Lost 0-0 4-0
Penalties - Yards 11-90 11-119
Time of Possession 32:26 27:34
Houston Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Tune 17 24 241 2 1
I. Ogbogu 2 5 20 0 0
Tulsa Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Brin 20 39 258 1 3
Houston Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. McCaskill 17 77 4.5 3
T. Henry 2 28 14.0 0
C. Smith 5 22 4.4 0
M. Car 6 17 2.8 0
C. Tune 2 0 0.0 0
I. Ogbogu 1 0 0.0 0
Tulsa Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Watkins 8 39 4.9 0
S. Anderson 4 34 8.5 0
S. Brooks 8 -2 -0.3 0
D. Brin 8 -40 -5.0 0
Houston Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Dell 6 82 13.7 0
J. Singleton 1 47 47.0 1
C. Trahan 1 40 40.0 0
J. Erwin 2 28 14.0 0
K. Carter 2 19 9.5 0
J. Herslow 2 19 9.5 0
T. Henry 1 10 10.0 0
A. McCaskill 3 8 2.7 0
S. Green 1 8 8.0 1
Tulsa Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Crawford Jr. 5 101 20.2 0
E. Naylor II 3 60 20.0 1
K. Stokes 5 33 6.6 0
J. Johnson 3 24 8.0 0
M. Jones 1 16 16.0 0
J. Santana 1 12 12.0 0
S. Brooks 1 7 7.0 0
A. Watkins 1 5 5.0 0
Houston Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Owens 1 45
A. Hogan 1 0
D. Williams 1 0
Tulsa Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Oliver 1 0
Houston Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilkins 4 175 43.8
Tulsa Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilson 5 249 49.8
Houston Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jones 4 75 18.8
Tulsa Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Benjamin 1 4 4.0
Houston Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Dell 2 25 12.5
Tulsa Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Watkins 1 9 9.0
Houston Missed FG
Player Length
D. Witherspoon 45
Tulsa Missed FG
Player Length




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