Hurricane offense struggled
This week some news, notes and commentary.
We were told during the University of Tulsa football media day that the team’s defense is inexperienced and may be troublesome this season, but last Thursday night at Bowling Green, it was the TU offense that struggled.
Bowling Green shut down the TU offense and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half as the Falcons beat Tulsa 34-7.
Bowling Green held Tulsa to only 273 total yards – the team’s lowest offensive total since gaining 269 yards against Oklahoma in 2009.
Tulsa’s only score in the game came on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dane Evans to Derek Patterson with just 5:56 remaining in the game. The Hurricane score covered 50 yards in five plays taking just 0:45 off the clock.
Tulsa will have to come up with a lot of offense if it plans to win its home opener against Colorado State, Saturday at 6 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Rams played well for three quarters last Sunday against Colorado, trailing by only two points going into the fourth quarter, 26-24. However, Colorado State was only able to get a field goal in the final quarter, and the Buffaloes went on to beat the Rams, 41-27.
The Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder will play an exhibition game on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Wichita Ice Center. It will be the Oilers only preseason game prior to the start of the Central Hockey League season, and will serve as the first half of a hockey doubleheader. At 7 p.m., the Tulsa Jr. Oilers will face off against the Wichita Jr. Thunder in the second game of their three-game weekend series.
“It just makes sense for us to play the Thunder in the preseason,” said Bruce Ramsay, Oilers head coach. “It’s a convenient game for both sides and it’s very useful because it will give me a chance to evaluate the talent on our roster and see how our players react in game situations.”
The preseason contest in Wichita will mark the midpoint of Oilers training camp which begins on Oct. 7 at the Oilers Ice Center (6413 S. Mingo Road). Following the game, the Oilers will hold another week of camp before heading to Denver for the regular season opener against the Cutthroats, Oct. 18.
The Oilers home opener is Oct. 26 at 7:35 p.m. against the Allen Americans at the BOK Center.
Most past years, the Oilers would play at least two preseason games, sometimes more. I’m not sure why only one is on the schedule this season. It seems to me you would get an even better idea of your team’s game quality if you could get a couple games under your belt before the games started to count.
It could be a few games into the regular season before you see the Oilers pick up their first win, but I’m predicting that the Oilers will ultimately end their playoff drought this season.
TEXAS LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
The Drillers began their best-of-five North Division Series with Arkansas last night and will play game two September 5 at 7 p.m. at ONEOK Field. The winner of the series will advance to the Texas League Championship Series.
The Drillers, winners of the North Division first half title, are looking to win their first Texas League title since 1998, when they were a member of the Texas Rangers organization. Tulsa has been affiliated with the Colorado Rockies since 2003.
[Jeff Brucculeri is the author of several books, including "Powerful People Are Inspired by Powerful Athletes," available at www.tunedintosuccess.com. Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org.]