Tulsa beats New Mexico 56-14
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—David Johnson threw for 469 yards and six touchdowns as Tulsa christened its newly remodeled H.A. Chapman Stadium with a 56-14 victory over New Mexico Saturday.
Johnson, who entered the game as the nation’s leader in pass efficiency, completed 24 of 39 passes in a performance marred only by two interceptions.
Receivers Slick Shelley and Damaris Johnson each had two touchdown catches and exceeded 100 yards receiving. Tulsa finished with 606 yards total offense against a defense that had been allowing just 305 per game.
Tulsa’s defense chipped in as well, as Roy Roberts returned an interception 41 yards for a score as Tulsa (3-0) limited New Mexico (1-3) to 316 yards of offense.
It was the second consecutive week of six scoring tosses for Johnson, a senior who backed up record-setting Paul Smith for three seasons. Johnson directed Tulsa to touchdowns on five of its six first-half possessions, with the only miscue being an interception in the end zone by the Aggies’ Glover Quin.
The situation worsened for New Mexico when quarterback Donovan Porterie was injured with 3:42 to play in the first half. Porterie had completed 11 of 13 passes for 92 yards with one interception.
Brad Gruner replaced Porterie and connected with Bryant Williams on a 21-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. New Mexico also scored on a 37-yard run by Rodney Ferguson, who gained 122 yards on 27 carries.
Johnson threw for 324 yards in the first half alone, his third consecutive game with more than 300 yards passing. Tulsa, which led the nation in total offense in 2007, has thrown for more than 300 yards in 17 consecutive games.