Evans leads TU against SJSU

Tulsa will host San Jose State in the season opener for both schools. Tulsa has declared the TU/San Jose State game a “white-out.” Fans are asked to wear white to the game. Special white-out-T-shirts are available from TU for $10 in the Campus Corner Bookstore at 11th Street and Harvard Avenue.

Another “blue-out” is planned for the September 17 TU/North Carolina A&T game and the November 5 East Carolina game. A “black-out” is set for the October 7 TU/SMU game and a “gold-out” is scheduled for the November 25 TU/Cincinnati game. TU fans are asked to wear TU colors for the homecoming game with Tulane on October 22.

Tulsa went 6-7 last year, the first season under head coach Philip Montgomery.

Montgomery took the Golden Hurricane to the Independence Bowl where they were edged by Virginia Tech, 52-55.

San Jose State was 6-7, 4-4 in the Mountain West Conference. But those losses were to Boise State, Nevada, BYU, San Diego State, Auburn, Oregon State and Air Force.

The Spartans beat Georgia State, 27-16, in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando in December. Tulsa senior quarterback Dane Evans was one of 30 of the nation’s top quarterbacks named to the 2016 Watch List for the Manning Award.

Evans enters the 2016 season needing 31 passing TDs, 2,604 passing yards and 3,169 total yards to tie the school records in each of those categories. Evans has completed 56-percent of his passes for 8,332 career yards and 52 TDs to rank fourth on both the school’s all-time lists for passing yards and TD passes.

Evans, from Sanger, Texas, has been Tulsa’s starting quarterback in the last 29 games, dating back to the final four games of the 2013 campaign. Evans has four career 400-plus passing games, which ties Billy Guy Anderson (1963-65) for the most in school history. He had three 400+ passing games a year ago, including 427 yards at No. 16-ranked Oklahoma, 424 against FAU and 421 against No. 17 Memphis last season.