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January 12, 2008

Smith scores twice in Hula Bowl

University of Tulsa senior quarterback Paul Smith set the tone early for the Aina team in the 2008 Hula Bowl, giving his squad a 14-0 first quarter advantage with two touchdown runs. The Golden Hurricane's all-time leading passer completed just 5-of-12 passes for 47 yards, but made some heady plays that helped his team take control from the beginning.

The Aina team defeated the Kai team by a 38-7 margin, while racking up 527 yards of offense. Smith directed five drives in the first quarter and two in the fourth. His final set of downs was used to simply run out the clock.

Paul Smith Play-by-Play

First Quarter

• Smith's first drive began with an incomplete pass. He then threw a four-yard swing pass and was high on a short out pattern on third-and-six.

• Smith dumped the ball off to the running back to begin his second drive, and the play went for 14 yards. He then threw a screen pass for no gain, followed by a handoff for six yards. On third-and-four, Smith made a good read and hit an outside receiver on a quick slant for 19 yards to the one-yard line. After a handoff for no gain, Smith snuck into the end zone over the left side.

• For his third drive, Smith took over at his team's own 32-yard line. He stepped up into the pocket and fired a short pass in between two defenders for a 10-yard gain. The next play was a handoff for two yards. Smith was incomplete on a deep out to the right side, which brought up third-and-nine. He threw a nice pass on a timing pattern to the left side, but the receiver ran a poor route and didn't have a chance to catch the ball.

• After the Kai team fumbled, Smith and his Aina squad had the ball at the opponent's six-yard line. He rolled right on a naked bootleg. The tight end was covered, and Smith tucked the ball, cut toward the inside, smashed into three defenders and then leaned back into the end zone for another score. A receiver came open late in the play, but Smith had already committed to run.

• In his final drive of the quarter, the wide receivers continued to let Smith down. After a handoff for no gain, Smith rolled right, pump-faked, and zipped the ball right into the hands of a receiver in stride on a corner route. Unfortunately, it was another dropped pass. The next pass was tipped by a defender, forcing a punt.

Fourth Quarter

• The three quarterbacks were rotating each series in the fourth quarter, and Smith didn't get a chance to do much. His first drive in the quarter began with an incompletion. That was followed by a handoff for no gain, and on third-and-10, a defensive end came from Smith's blind side and tracked him down from behind.

• Smith's final series simply involved taking a knee and running out the clock for the victory.

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