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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 frame.

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

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
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