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October 29, 2011

Tulsa smashes SMU, 38-7

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TULSA, Okla. -- Willie Carter set career highs with 13 receptions for 173 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown, as Tulsa drilled Southern Methodist 38-7 on Saturday.

Tulsa (5-3, 4-0 Conference USA) held the potent SMU offensive attack to just 265 yards.

"Obviously I'm very proud," said Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship. "That was a great win for our program, a great win for our team, and we had a great week of practice. I'm using the term 'great' a lot, but we really had an exceptional week of practice.

"It's really nice as a coach when that translates onto the performance on the field. I guess that's what I'm most proud of. Our guys were very mature all week and really got serious about it. They really brought their 'A' game."

Alex Singleton rushed for three short-yardage touchdowns and Milton Howell had three first-half interceptions as the Hurricane moved to 4-0 in Conference USA play to keep up with unbeaten and nationally ranked Houston.

Carter exceeded his career highs he set the previous week when he caught nine balls for 160 yards against Rice.

"I did what I had to do to help my team win," said Carter. "I don't really pay attention to my own stats. I look at them, but that's not really important to me. Whatever I can do to help my team win, I just do."

SMU (5-3, 3-2) sputtered offensively. Zach Line, the conference's leading rusher, ran for 118 yards on 22 carries, including a 17-yard run for SMU's only score. Quarterback J.J. McDermott completed just 17 of 37 pass attempts for 180 yards with four interceptions.

"We haven't played well for six quarters now," explained SMU coach June Jones. "We have to play well as a team and right now we aren't doing that. We made too many mistakes. We got a nice stop deep in their end had a roughing the punter called [on us], we dropped too many passes and had a tipped ball that got intercepted. We had opportunities but we have to execute."

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne completed 24 of 36 passes for 274 yards and ran for 39 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

"We scored with good field position, but we could have done more," Carter said. "They gave us good field position on a couple other drives where we weren't able to capitalize. We always know there are things we can work on, and we have to get better in all phases of the game."



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