North Texas at Tulane

Late FG lifts Tulane over North Texas 24-21


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Cairo Santos kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift Tulane over North Texas 24-21 in a Conference USA showdown.

Tulane (4-2, 2-0) registered the school's 500th win in the process.

Nick Montana tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justyn Shackleford in the first quarter for the Green Wave's only offensive touchdown of the game. Tulane benefited from a 62-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown by Derrick Strozier -- the first time in school history for such an event -- and Lorenzo Doss' 59-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter.

The Mean Green's Derek Thompson connected with Brandin Byrd for a 1-yard score and Darnell Smith on a 62-yard bomb as North Texas (2-3, 0-1) used two fourth quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 21 with 3:45 left, which ultimately only served to set up Santos' heroics.

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Scoring Summary
TULANEJustyn Shackleford 6 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
NTEXASMason Y'Barbo 0 yd fumble return (Zach Paul kick)
TULANEDerrick Strozier 62 yd blocked FG return (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANELorenzo Doss 59 yd interception return (Cairo Santos kick)
NTEXASBrandin Byrd 1 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASDarnell Smith 62 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Paul kick)
TULANECairo Santos 27 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1817
Third Down Efficiency7-164-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards62-36067-227
Passing Yds326132
Kick Return Yds9054
Punt Return Yds104
Time of Poss.27:4432:16
Individual Stats
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 6-19, Reggie Pegram 5-9, Antoinne Jimmerson 2-5, Brelan Chancellor 1-1, Brandin Byrd 6-0
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 16-44, Rob Kelley 11-24, Nick Montana 8-13, Dante Butler 2-8, Josh Rounds 1-6, Lazedrick Thompson 1-0
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 29-42-326-2
TULANE: Nick Montana 18-28-132-0
NTEXAS: Darnell Smith 8-130, Brelan Chancellor 7-103, Carlos Harris 6-58, Brandin Byrd 4-10, Drew Miller 1-16, Darvin Kidsy 1-9, Tanner Smith 1-4, Reggie Pegram 1--4
TULANE: Ryan Grant 7-60, Xavier Rush 4-36, Justyn Shackleford 4-22, Josh Rounds 2-8, Orleans Darkwa 1-6
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8
Tulane6th American Athletic West1-74-8

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