Tulsa 63, Bowling Green 7

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Paul Smith set an NCAA record with his 14th consecutive 300-yard passing game, and Tulsa converted four fumble recoveries into first-half touchdowns on the way to a 63-7 romp over Bowling Green tonight in the GMAC Bowl.

With all that help, the Golden Hurricane (10-4) ran up a 35-0 halftime lead and capped coach Todd Graham's first season by reaching 10 wins for the first time since 1991. Tulsa had never managed more than 31 points in 14 previous bowl games.

Smith passed for 312 yards and five touchdowns. He broke the record of 13 300-yard efforts in a row he shared with BYU's Ty Detmer, whose streak stretched over the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Smith also became only the seventh Division I player to reach the 5,000-yard mark in a season.

He and Tarrion Adams joined Houston's David Klingler and Chuck Weatherspoon as the NCAA's only 5,000-yard passing and 1,000-yard rushing tandem.


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