Welcome back, Keevan Lucas – the wide receiver helped the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a season opening win over San Jose State, 45-10, Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium in front of 18,748 fans.
Lucas was playing in his first game since tearing the patella tendon in his right knee in the fourth game of the 2015 season against Houston. He was on the receiving end of 46-yard pass play from quarterback Dane Evans on the first play from the line of scrimmage for the Golden Hurricane. Just three plays later, D’Angelo Brewer ran the ball 38 yards into the end zone to give Tulsa a quick lead, just three minutes into the game.
Although Lucas didn’t score a touchdown in the game, his presence was felt on the field as he finished the game with six catches for 112 yards.
San Jose State tied the game in the first quarter with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Potter to Rahshead Johnson.
Tulsa kicker Redford Jones kicked a 34-yard field goal to put the Golden Hurricane ahead 10-7, with 2:46 left in the first quarter. Then things got real interesting for Tulsa.
With just 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Brewer scored his second TD of the game on a five-yard run, and Tulsa led 17-7. On the next San Jose State possession, Jesse Brubaker intercepted a pass that was tipped in the air, and returned it 24 yards into the end zone with eight seconds left, and Tulsa led 24-7 after one quarter of play.
Tulsa continued to dominate defensively in the second quarter as Frankie Davis recovered a Spartans fumble, and then TU capped the next drive with an 11-yard TD pass from Evans to Justin Hobbs, to give the Golden Hurricane a 31-7 lead with 8:06 left in the second quarter.
With 4:37 left in the second, SJSU punt returner Tim Crawley back peddled to get a lofting 61-yard punt by Tulsa’s Dalton Parks. As Crawley caught the ball, his momentum caused him to fall backwards and he fumbled the punt into the end zone. Tulsa’s McKinley Whitfield landed on the ball for a touchdown. Tulsa led 38-7 at halftime.
Brewer scored his third TD of the game with 11:20 left in the third quarter, giving Tulsa a 45-7 lead, until early in the fourth quarter when SJSU kicker Bryce Crawford scored a 36-yard field goal.
Chad President replaced Evans at quarterback, and many of the second-string entered the game for Tulsa in the fourth quarter. Evans completed 12-of-23 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. Brewer finished with 22 carries for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Tulsa will play at national powerhouse Ohio State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
MORE ON KAEPERNICK
Much has been made about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem, however, it seems a bit ironic that at the TU vs. San Jose State game, the players for both teams weren’t even on the field when it came time to honor America.
This isn’t anything new, and it has become the norm in many college sports for some reason. I personally think it’s a terrible practice and sends the wrong message.
The same is true at ORU basketball games. The invocation and anthem are usually done before the teams come out of the locker room. Then the home team enters to a video montage and loud music.
I have never agreed with this format of pregame festivities. I believe all the participants in the game should be on the playing field or court for the National Anthem; all the players and referees. After all, who is the prayer for, the fans? It’s not just the fans who should take part in saluting the flag during The Star Spangled Banner.
In hockey, the starting players lineup on the blue lines while the rest of the teams stand in the benches. In baseball, the teams come out of the dugout and stand in a straight line for the anthem.
Why wouldn’t the teams want to honor our flag and our country? Unless, of course, they’re afraid there might be other Kaepernicks among them.
I posted an unscientific poll on Twitter for 48 hours last week, and asked “Colin Kaepernick is… A) Exercising his right B) Disrespectful/Ungrateful C) Not my concern?”
Seventy percent of the respondents selected B while 30-percent chose A. “Not my concern” received no votes.
This week’s Twitter poll: “Should college football teams be on the field for National Anthem?” Go to @JeffBSports on Twitter to vote.