Fake field-goal try ends in touchdown for Golden Hurricane
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Chris Chamberlain broke up a fake field-goal attempt and returned an interception for a touchdown to help Tulsa overcome a 14-point, second-half deficit for a 30-20 victory over UTEP on Friday night.
Alain Karatepeyan hit UTEP quarterback Jordan Palmer as he tried to throw to Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Chamberlain ran back the interception 25 yards for his first career touchdown.
Courtney Tennial dove over the pile from a yard out to stretch Tulsa's lead to 30-20 with 8:40 to play, and the Golden Hurricane (7-1, 4-0 Conference USA) held on to win six straight games for the first time since 1991.
The defending Conference USA champions trailed 20-6 after Higgins, the No. 4 receiver in the nation entering the game, caught a 69-yard TD pass from Palmer early in the third quarter.
Higgins sprang wide open down the right sideline, then zigged to the left after Kedrick Alexander overran him going for the tackle.
Tulsa came back immediately with an 11-play drive, capped by Paul Smith's 9-yard dart to Donnie Johnson in the back of the end zone, and the Golden Hurricane got within four on Jarod Tracy's third field goal of the game, a 39-yarder.
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