NCAA Game Summary - North Texas at Tulane|
(Saturday, October 5)
Final Score: Tulane 24, North Texas 21
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cairo Santos put a 27-yard field goal
attempt through the uprights as time expired to give Tulane a 24-21 win over
North Texas in a Conference USA thriller at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Nick Montana completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown
for Tulane (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) as it secured its second win in a row. Ryan Grant
made six catches for 60 yards. Lorenzo Doss had a huge day of the defensive
side of the ball for the Green Wave, intercepting two passes and returning one
for six points.
For UNT (2-3, 0-1), Derek Thompson went 29-of-42 for 326 yards, two touchdowns
and two interceptions. Darnell Smith made eight catches for 130 yards and a
score. Brelan Chancellor also made an impact with seven receptions and 103
yards. The Mean Green running game was ineffective, running for just 34 yards
in the game.
After a scoreless first frame, Tulane took a 7-0 lead as Montana completed a
six-yard touchdown pass to Justyn Shackleford.
UNT finally put some points on the board with 8:27 left in the third quarter.
Chancellor failed near the goal line as he attempted to rush into the end
zone, but was bailed out as Mason Y'Barbo fell on the loose ball for a
touchdown. Zach Paul sent his extra-point attempt through the uprights to tie
the score, 7-7.
Although Tulane's offense continued to struggle, the Green Wave managed to
take a 14-7 lead as Paul had a 38-yard field goal blocked and returned 62
yards for six points by Derrick Strozier. Cairo Santos converted his extra-
point attempt to give the Green Wave a 14-7 lead with 4:34 left in the third
The Green Wave's defense made a big play less than two minutes later to give
the hosts a 21-7 lead as Doss picked off Thompson and returned the
interception 59 yards for a score.
The Mean Green battled back in the fourth quarter after being held to zero
offensive points through the first 45 minutes of action. Brandin Byrd scored
on a one-yard touchdown catch in the opening minute of the fourth frame to
make it a one-possession game. Thompson tied the score with only 3:45
remaining as he connected with Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass.
With the game tied at 21, the Green Wave took over on their own 25-yard line
with under four minutes remaining. Montana completed three passes to Grant and
also picked up 13 yards on a quarterback draw to push into UNT territory. The
Mean Green made a costly error at the wrong time as they were flagged for a
personal foul that moved Tulane 15 yards closer to the goal line. The Green
Wave ran a pair of plays to set up Santos for his game-winning 27-yard field
goal as time expired.
Tulane held on for the win and improved to 2-0 in C-USA play despite being
held to only 227 yards of total offense. The Mean Green amassed 360 total
yards in the loss, but had their chances of winning hindered by 11 penalties
which cost them 105 yards.
10/05 20:16:55 ET