TU beats ULM; Oilers open on Friday

Tulsa scored 14 points in a span of 2:30 to come from behind in the fourth quarter and beat Louisiana-Monroe, 34-24, in a nonconference match up, in front of 17,490 fans on Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

Tulsa led 20-7 at halftime, but the ULM offense came alive in the third quarter and scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-20 lead after three quarters of play. TU then rebounded with back-to-back scoring drives in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

“We’re continuing to get better; these are the type of games that help you in that process, and so we’ll continue to keep striving to get better each and every week,” Tulsa Head Coach Philip Montgomery said. “We’ll go back and look at this tape just like we do every other one and learn from our mistakes and try to correct them and move on.”

The Golden Hurricane’s quick no-huddle offense ran a school record 107 plays in the game, amassing 563 total yards on offense. Junior quarterback Dane Evans went 28-for-44 passing for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore D’Angelo Brewer carried the ball 16 times for 91 yards, pacing the Tulsa’s ground attack that totaled 222 yards in the game. Senior Zack Langer gained 69 yards on 28 carries, scoring two touchdowns to raise his total to 10 TDs on the season.

ULM (1-4) totaled 404 yards, including 231 passing and 173 rushing. Quarterback Garrett Smith completed 25-for-48 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown. He also tallied a three-yard TD run.

Tulsa (3-2) took the lead in the fourth quarter on a couple of big plays that turned into scoring opportunities for the Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa’s Matt Linscott picked off his first career interception at the ULM 29-yard line. Then Brewer carried the ball 14 yards on one play, and caught a 15-yard TD pass on the next play to put the Hurricane ahead, 27-24, with 8:41 left in the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Tulsa’s Zik Asiegbu recovered a fumble on the ULM 33.

The Golden Hurricane drove the 33 yards on eight plays, finishing with a one-yard run into the end zone by Langer to extend the lead to 34-24 with 6:16 remaining.

“That (interception) was a changing point of the game,” said Montgomery. Those two plays were huge momentum swings for us. I thought Linscott showed, again, who he was. Went back to just playing really smart, intelligent football, having his eyes in the right spot, and I think that helped him out all night.”

The Golden Hurricane will travel to Greenville, N.C., this Saturday to take on East Carolina at 11 a.m. (Central Time) on ESPNews. The network will be announced following the completion of the Oct. 10 games.

OILERS OPEN SEASON FRIDAY

The Tulsa Oilers are set to open the 2015-16 East Coast Hockey League season Friday night, hosting the Wichita Thunder at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center.

Tulsa is the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. Tulsa will be led this season by new head coach Jason Christie, who has several players in camp that he is familiar with from his time coaching in the AHL.

One of those players is goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, a 24-year old native of Helsinki, Finland, who played parts of the last two seasons for the Ontario Reign, under Coach Christie. In the 2014-15 campaign, Olkinuora appeared in 43 regular season games for the Reign and posted an outstanding 27-9-6 record and 2.41 goals against average, with a .916 save percentage. During Ontario’s run to the Western Conference Finals in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Olkinuora played in 12 games and registered a 2.31 goals against average, fifth best among all playoff goalies.