Tulsa's Alain Karatepeyan pressures East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Stephen Pingry)
Nov. 12, 2005
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Paul Smith threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and Tarrion Adams added two touchdown runs as Tulsa gained bowl eligibility with a 45-13 win against East Carolina on Saturday.
Smith threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Garrett Mills to give the Golden Hurricane a 17-13 lead in the third quarter and start a run of 35 unanswered points.
After Adams scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run, Smith completed a 29-yard TD pass to Ashlan Davis as Tulsa (6-4, 5-2 Conference USA) bounced back after trailing 13-10 at halftime.
East Carolina (3-6, 2-4) scored 13 straight points in the second quarter and took a 13-10 lead on Robert Lee's 45-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
Smith completed 19 of 28 passes with no interceptions and Mills had nine catches for 127 yards. Uril Parrish rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries and had a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Cauvey Jackson added an 18-yard TD run for Tulsa, which is eligible for a bowl for the second time in three seasons under coach Steve Kragthorpe.
James Pinkney was 20-for-33 for 188 yards - including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aundrae Allison in the second quarter for the Pirates, who have lost three games in a row and were eliminated from postseason play.
Allison set a new single-season record with 922 yard receiving after grabbing eight catches for 74 yards on the day.