Golden Hurricane Blows Past BGSU
by Mike Mitchell
January 6, 2008
Tulsa QB Paul Smith set an NCAA record with his 14th consecutive 300-yard passing game in a 63-7 romp over Bowling Green. The Golden Hurricane also became the first team in NCAA history to have a 5,000-yard passer and four other 1,000-yard gainers in the same season. The nation's leading offense had three 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher.
Running back Tarrion Adams ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown, and had a touchdown reception. Smith threw five touchdown passes and ran for another.
Bowling Green dug a major hole when its first-half possessions went punt, fumble, fumble, punt, punt, fumble. Then the Falcons turned the ball over on downs at the Tulsa 3-yard line before going punt, punt on their last two possessions of the half. The only BGSU score came on a 78-yard kick-off return by Roger Williams after Tulsa had padded its lead to 42-0 on the opening drive of the second half.
Tulsa averaged 548.6 yards per game during the regular season and finished with 564 in the bowl game.
The Golden Hurricane were playing in a bowl game for the third consecutive season for the first time since the 1940's when their 1941-1945 bowl string included two Sugars and an Orange Bowl. They improved their over-all bowl record to 6-9.
Bowling Green was making its first bowl appearance since winning this game 52-35 over Memphis in 2004. The Falcons' bowl record fell to 4-3 with the loss, ending a four-game bowl winning streak. BGSU had not lost a bowl game since the 1985 California Bowl which was played in Fresno from 1981-1991. That game moved to Las Vegas in 1992.