After losing badly to Tulane, 1-5 Tulsa will host Houston

Things got decidedly worse for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday at Tulane, as the Green Wave routed the Golden Hurricane, 62-28.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for Tulsa, and their record dropped to 1-5 overall all on the season. Tulsa is now 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference.

Tulsa’s offense took a while to get going, as Tulane jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. After the Golden Hurricane failed to score on its first three possessions, starting quarterback Chad President was replaced by freshman Luke Skipper.

Tulsa then scored on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Skipper to Justin Hobbs.

Tulane (3-2, 1-1 AAC) scored four times in the second quarter and led 48-7 at halftime.

The two teams exchanged scoring drives throughout the second half, but TU could not get enough stops on Tulane to make up any ground on the scoreboard.

Tulsa ended the game with 412 total yards, while Tulane had 653 total yards. Tulsa did have a season-high 273 yards passing in the game.

For the third straight week, the possession time against another option team was controlled by the opposition, as the Green Wave held a 43:38 to 16:22 TOP edge.

It’s hard to believe that Tulsa knew coming into the season they would face three teams that run the option offense, and didn’t properly prepare their defense for this. I understand it’s coach-speak to say, “We never look past our next opponent,” but maybe they should. Tulsa knew what their schedule was a long time ago.

A little scouting and preparation and maybe the Golden Hurricane wouldn’t be 1-5 right now.

The Golden Hurricane will host Houston (4-1, 2-0 AAC) on Saturday, 3 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The Cougars are coming off a 35-22 win over SMU.

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