DENTON (9/6/08) Quarterback David Johnson threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Tulsa football team to a 56-26 win against North Texas on Saturday at Fouts Field in a front of a crowd of 22,785.
The Mean Green goes to 0-2 on the season, while Tulsa improves to 2-0. The announced crowd of 22,785 was the eighth largest in school history.
As a team, Tulsa combined for 555 yards of total offense, including 418 passing yards. The Golden Hurricane scored six touchdowns in the first half to jump out to a 42-10 halftime lead. The Mean Green outscored Tulsa, 16-14, in the second half, but NT was unable to make up ground lost in the first period.
Johnson completed 25-of-33 passing attempts for 418 yards. He spread the ball around, passing to nine different receivers. Six different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before North Texas got on the scoreboard with two minutes left in the first period. Lance Dunbar ran the ball into the endzone from two yards for his first career touchdown. Dunbar led the Mean Green with 74 yards on 10 carries.
Dunbar’s touchdown run was set up by a 27-yard run by Riley Dodge who saw his first action of the season tonight. He finished with two rushes for 31 yards and five catches for 25 yards.
By the end of the first half, Charles Clay had caught two touchdowns passes and Damaris Johnson had run for a touchdown and caught a TD reception for Tulsa.
Jeremy Knott hit field goals at the end of the first half and the start of the third quarter. His 47-yard field goal to end the first half is the longest field goal by the Mean Green since Nick Bazaldua nailed a 50-yarder against LSU in 2005. Knott also added a 22-yard field goal and two extra points.
Casey Fitzgerald and Breece Johnson caught touchdown passes for the Mean Green in the fourth quarter. Johnson made his first career catch count, hauling in a six-yard touchdown grab.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 at LSU at 6 pm.