Oct. 22, 2011
Rice game captans for the Tulsa game were OL Eric Ball, WR Michael Patterson, DL Brian Stacey and DB Xavier Webb. Tulsa won the toss and deferred to the second half. Rice has won the pregame coin toss just once this season (at Baylor).
Nick Fanuzzi's 40-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson was the Owl quarterback's 23rd of his career. He is now tied for sixth on the Rice all-time list with Quentis Roper (1985-88) and Josh LaRocca (1991-95).
Andre Gautreaux caught four passes for 51 yards. He set a new career marks for both receptions and receiving yards. His previous marks were two receptions for 33 yards at Baylor.
Luke Willson caught seven passes for 104 yards including a career-long 30-yarder in the fourth quarter. Willson registered his first 100-yard receiving game and also set a new career mark for receptions.
Scott Solomon's first quarter tackle for loss moved him past John Syptak (2002-05) for third all-time in TFLs at Rice. Solomon now has 38.5 tackles for lost yardage. Syptak had 38 TFLs during his career.
Rice entered the game tied for 22nd nationally and third in Conference USA with a .75 Red Zone Defense percentage. The Owls forced a fumble into the end zone on one Tulsa drive and the Golden Hurricane missed a 35-yard field goal on another drive inside the 20. TU three-for-five on Red Zone opportunities in the game.
Paul Porras set a new career standard for tackles with 15 stops against Tulsa. It was his first double-figure tackle game of the season. He had 13 tackles in the Owls' game at UTEP last year.
Chris Boswell drilled field goals of 31 and 36 yards, giving him 11 for the season. The 2011 tally matches his 11 from the 2010 season which also ties James Hamrick (1984) on the all-time season list.
With 22 career field goals, Boswell moves into a tie for sixth all-time in career field goals with Brennan Landry (2002-05). Clint Parsons (1987-90) ranks fifth all-time with 24 field goals during his career.