November 21, 1998
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - John Mosley rushed for 201 yards and a touchdownSaturday as Tulsa upset Wyoming 35-0 and knocked the Cowboys out of the titlechase in the Western Athletic Conference.
Tulsa (4-7, 2-6 WAC) ended its season with a victory for the first timesince 1991, also the last season the Golden Hurricane got a shutout. Wyoming(8-3, 6-2), whose earlier losses this year were to nationally ranked Georgiaand Air Force, had been hoping to gain a bowl bid by beating Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane defense mangled the Cowboys, allowing 213 total yardscompared to 464 by Tulsa. Wyoming quarterbacks were sacked six times andintercepted four times - including a pickoff in the end zone by Lyndon Nixonwith 42 seconds left in the game.
But the Cowboys could come no closer to the end zone than the Tulsa 11.Quarterbacks Jay Stoner and Matt Swanson were a combined 14-of-39 and threw for140 yards. The Wyoming rushers added just 73 yards.
Michael Wall threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricane.
Tulsa scored three first-half touchdowns and a field goal while holdingWyoming to 56 yards. The Cowboys did not even cross midfield until their sixthpossession.
The Golden Hurricane took a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a38-yard field goal by Chris Earnest.
Jerrold Smith enlarged the Golden Hurricane lead to 9-0 on a 29-yardtouchdown pass from Wall. Ken Bohanon rushed for a 1-yard score, and Wall hitDamon Savage on an 8-yard TD pass with 20 seconds left before halftime.
Bohanon rushed for a 23-yard touchdown and Mosley broke open 67 yards downthe left sideline for Tulsa's final score in the third quarter.
The last time Tulsa held an opponent scoreless was a 40-0 shutout ofLouisville seven years ago.
By JEAN YAEGER
Associated Press Writer