Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 | 12:08 a.m.
G.J. Kinne threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to help Tulsa defeat New Mexico 44-10.
The Golden Hurricane (2-0) took advantage of early mistakes by the Lobos (0-2), then got their offense in high gear in the second half.
Kinne threw two touchdown passes to Slick Shelley and one each to Damaris Johnson and Jamad Williams before being removed in the fourth quarter.
"He's a good quarterback," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "He's calm, cool and collected. He's a leader and he's a playmaker. The other players look to him."
Tulsa scored in the first quarter following a fumble by Lobos punt returner Frankie Solomon at his own 16. Four plays later, Charles Clay went over the middle from the 1-yard line five minutes into the game.
The Golden Hurricane were unable to find the end zone again until Kinne found Johnson from 2 yards out with 38 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Lobos got their first touchdown of the season in the fourth when linebacker Tray Hardaway returned a fumble 92 yards.
"I've been thinking about scoring all week," Hardaway said. "But I thought it would be on an interception. There's no way I thought it would be a fumble. Especially a 92-yard fumble return."
Graham said he was proud of the Golden Hurricane defense.
"We didn't allow a touchdown," he said. "And 55 yards rushing. Yeah, that's pretty good."