Not much defense was to be found, but if you’re a fan of offense, then Saturday’s football game between the University of Tulsa and University of Louisiana was everything you’d expect.
The two teams combined for over 1,200 yards of total offense, while Tulsa ran away with a 66-42 home victory at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
At times, this game resembled an Arena Football League game, where it appears each team can score at will on each possession, and the last team to have the ball – wins. Plus, there was only one punt and one turnover in the entire first half; not something you see very often in college football.
Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery was happy with his team’s performance overall.
“There are still a lot of things we need to correct, but I’ll take correcting (after) a win over a loss any day,” Montgomery said. “Good win here at home. I thought our crowd was good. Defensively, we need to do a better job on first down, and stop some of those explosive plays and get off the field when we get (opponents) in third-and-long.”
It didn’t take long for the scoring barrage to begin, just three minutes into the first quarter, TU scored on its first drive with a 46-yard fieldgoal by Redford Jones. D’Angelo Brewer had 25 yards on seven carries during the first drive. Brewer finished the day with a career high 262 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“D’Angelo Brewer was extremely special today,” Montgomery said. “My goodness. What more do you want out of a guy?”
Brewer was asked after the game, how his body felt after carrying the ball 39 times in the game?
“It feels good, second game of the season,” Brewer said. “It’s a lot of carries, but I come into every game looking forward to do whatever I have to do to put my body on the line for my team. So, if I have to take 39 carries, I’ll be alright.” Several players had scoring opportunities in this game. Corey Taylor carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns, Shamari Brooks had 12 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown, and quarterback Chad President kept the ball eight times for 15 yards and two touchdowns.
President also completed 14-of-20 passes for 243 yards, and one touchdown strike to Justin Hobbs, that covered a total of 69 yards, with 1:35 remaining in the second quarter, giving TU a 31-23 lead.
On Louisiana’s next possession, they chose to go for a first down on a 4th-and-4 situation, but only got two yards. There was 32-seconds remaining on the clock, in the second quarter; plenty of time for TU to score again. Taylor capped a quick four-play, 69-yard drive with a one-yard run into the end zone with only 6-seconds remaining. Tulsa held a 38-23 lead at the half.
The second half was more of the same, with back and forth scoring, however, the Golden Hurricane came up with a few big stops on defense.
Tulsa finished the game with 667 total yards on offense, while the Ragin’ Cajuns compiled 596 yards of offense. Tulsa’s record improved to 1-1, and the Golden Hurricane will play at Toledo on Saturday at 6 p.m. Louisiana dropped to 1-1, and will have to face a tough Texas A&M team this week.
The series between TU and UL is now tied, 5-5. Tulsa’s record in home openers is now 64-24, including six consecutive wins since 2012.
Tulsa’s 66 points is the most since scoring 66 against Nicholls State on Sept. 15, 2012. TU has scored 50-plus points in six of the team’s last 15 games.
The attendance for this game was 17,758, and the lowest announced attendance for a home game since 1984.
The university announced earlier in the week that a portion of tickets sales would be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area. It was announced during the game that $55,000 was raised for this donation.