Tulsa’s offense was prolific again but it wasn’t enough Saturday as the Golden Hurricane fell to Toledo, 54-51, when the Rockets hit a last-second field goal.
It was a 33-yard field goal with no time remaining that gave the host Rockets the win.
“It was two good offenses going at each other with balanced attacks, and that makes it difficult to defend,” said TU coach Philip Montgomery. “It was a hard-fought game. I thought both teams had opportunities. It was one of those games that comes down to the final seconds.”
Tulsa will host New Mexico at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for the final nonconference game of the season.
In the last two weeks, Tulsa and the opposition have gained 2,490 total yards, including 1,263 against Louisiana and 1,227 yards in the game with Toledo. The teams have also combined for 213 points in the last two weeks. Tulsa has averaged 607.5 yards (1,215) in the last two weeks and 58.5 points.
On Saturday, Toledo overcame a 21-point deficit to move to 3-0 on the season, while Tulsa fell to 1-2. The Rockets outscored Tulsa in the second half 40-23 after the Hurricane had a 28-14 advantage in the first 30 minutes.
The two teams combined for 1,227 yards, as Tulsa gained 548 yards and Toledo turned in 679 total yards. Toledo had six second-half scores and punted just once, while Tulsa scored on four of its six possessions, punting twice. Tulsa’s D’Angelo Brewer (152), Shamari Brooks (141) and Chad President (130) each rushed for 100+ yards, while President completed 60-percent of his passes for 125 yards.
Tulsa hadn’t had a game with 3-plus 100-yard rushers since 1986 when running backs Derrick Ellison (177), Gill Johnson (177) and Kenneth Lee (106) each did that against Wichita State.
Brooks became the 14th freshman (true or red-shirt) to gain 100 yards in a single game. His 100+ game was the 22nd time in school history that a freshman had rushed for over 100 yards in a game, and it’s the first time since 2015 when red-shirt freshman Ramadi Warren gained 139 yards against Cincinnati.
While Tulsa took 18 plays to score their first touchdown to open the game going 77 yards for the game’s first points, it took Toledo just one play for a 75-yard touchdown pass play.
Senior linebacker Craig Suits had his 4th career interception and his second returns for a touchdown when he picked off a Logan Woodside pass and raced 37 yards to put Tulsa ahead 21-7.