A healthy TU football team improves running, defense

Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery thinks his team is getting better – and healthy.

Montgomery capped off his second spring practice last Saturday with annual spring game, a game that saw the Hurricane run 161 plays.

“The best part of today is we got out healthy,” Montgomery said. “We didn’t get anybody else banged up and now it’s time to pack this one up and move on. I was pleased with our effort.”

The running game proved to be the offense’s bread and butter on Saturday as Ramadi Warren gained 176 yards and one TD on 17 carries, while D’Angelo Brewer rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts. Each of their TD runs covered 66 yards.

“I thought we ran the ball at times really well,” said Montgomery. “We had explosive runs today. D’Angelo, Ramadi and Rowdy, all, ran the ball well and we had explosive runs at some point throughout the scrimmage.”

Dane Evans completed 14-of-24 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Chad President completed 7-of-14 passes for 62 yards, while Ryan Rubley was 6-of-18 on the day for 45 yards. Nigel Carter led the receiving corps with 76 yards on six receptions.

The Hurricane defense forced the offense into 13 3-and-outs, while intercepting two passes, coming from Jeremy Brady and Diamon Cannon, and totaling 12 tackles for lost yardage, including five sacks for -21 yards

“Defensively, we really flew around. I think our young guys played extremely well. We had a ton of three-and-outs and that’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Montgomery.

The Tulsa defense forced a three-and-out on the first two possessions, but on the fourth drive of the game Dane Evans led the offense on a 46-yard scoring march that covered six plays as Evans connected with Jarion Anderson on an 18-yard touchdown toss.

Redford Jones added a 32-yard field goal for the next score, and then two series later Brewer raced 66 yards on the first play from scrimmage for his touchdown. The defense struck on the next drive as Michael Rios recovered a fumble, while Jones added a 28-yard field goal on the next drive.

The offense finished off the scoring with two more rushing touchdowns, coming on a one-yard Rowdy Simon run, capping a 13-play drive that covered 75 yards, and a 66-yard Warren touchdown, capping a three-play, 75-yard drive.

Season tickets for the six-game home schedule are now on sale online at TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or by stopping by the Reynolds Center Athletic Ticket Office, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., on the TU campus.

Ticket prices range from $78 to $270. Families can purchase the Family Fun Zone Ticket Plan, including two adults and two children, for only $195, which amounts to just $48.75 per family member for the six-game schedule.

Tulsa opens the home season against an old Western Athletic Conference rival, the San Jose State Spartans, on Saturday, Sept. 3.

SCORING SUMMARY

Jarion Anderson 18 pass from Dane Evans (Redford Jones PAT)

Redford Jones 32 FG

D’Angelo Brewer 66 run (Redford Jones PAT)

Redford Jones 28 FG

Rowdy Simon 1 run (Redford Jones PAT)

Ramadi Warren 66 run (Nathan Walker PAT)

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Rushing

Ramadi Warren (17 rushes for 176 yards)

D’Angelo Brewer (12 rushes for 123 yards

Rowdy Simon (22 rushes for 68 yards)

Passing

Dane Evans  (14 of 24 passes for 147 yards, 1 touchdown)

Chad President (7 of 14 passes for 62 yards, 0 touchdowns)

Ryan Rubley (6 of 18 passes for 45 yards, 0 touchdowns)

Receiving

Nigel Carter (6 catches for 76 yards)

Justin Hobbs (5 catches for 35 yards)

Brodrick Umblance (3 catches for 27 yards)

Jarion Anderson (1 catch for 18 yards)

Defense

McKinley Whitfield (8.5 tackles)

Johnell Celistan (7.5 tackles)

Petera Wilson, Jr. (7 tackles, 1 sack)

Matt Linscott (5.5 tackles, 1 sack)

Jeremy Brady (5 tackles, 1 interception)