North Texas at Tulane

Late FG lifts Tulane over North Texas 24-21


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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
 NTEXASTULANE
First Downs1817
Third Down Efficiency7-164-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards62-36067-227
Rushes-Yds20-3439-95
Passing Yds326132
Kick Return Yds9054
Punt Return Yds104
Passes29-42-218-28-0
Punts7-3027-263
Fumbles-Lost2-01-1
Penalties-Yds11-1054-49
Time of Poss.27:4432:16
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
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
PASSING
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 29-42-326-2
TULANE: Nick Montana 18-28-132-0
RECEIVING
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
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
North Texas5th Conference USA West2-64-8
Tulane8th American Athletic 2-63-9

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