Sometimes “my view from here” is best from the couch in our living room, watching multiple games on my HD television – like what happened this past Saturday night as I was flipping back and forth between the Tulsa at Memphis football game and Game 4 of the World Series.
The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane played a great game against the Memphis Tigers, and with the 59-30 win, TU became bowl eligible with a 6-2 overall record (3-1 American Athletic Conference). It’s the 21st time in school history the football team has been bowl eligible and the second year in a row.
“It’s a relief more than anything else,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery after the game. “These guys have fought so hard; they’ve worked so hard for it. Last year, it took us to the very last game. This year, one of our goals was not only to get bowl eligible, but to do it early in the season.”
Tulsa running back James Flanders put on a show in front of 36,894 fans at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, as he rushed for a career-high 249 yards and a school record five touchdowns, which matched an AAC record. Also, factoring into the scoring for Tulsa were quarterback Dane Evans and receiver Keevan Lucas who connected on two touchdown passes.
“I thought Dane [Evans] threw the ball really well, I thought we ran the football there late,” said Montgomery.
The Golden Hurricane turned in yet another fine performance on offense with 596 yards of total offense, including 362 yards on the ground and 234 passing yards. Tulsa’s offense put up 50-plus points for the third time this season, while the defense showed improvement forcing four turnovers; two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Tulsa has done a good job this season getting out to a fast start in each game. This was the fourth time that TU scored on its first possession of the game, and the fourth time they scored over 30-points in the first half (35). It’s also the third time this season Tulsa has scored 50 points or more.
“A lot of good performances, I thought,” said Montgomery. “A lot of explosive plays. I mean [an] outstanding football game on both sides.”
This is no doubt one of the most exciting Tulsa teams to watch in many years.
The Golden Hurricane are home on Saturday to face the East Carolina Pirates in a 7 p.m. game at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Cleveland Indians certainly were playing well through the first four games of the World Series, leading 3-1, and by the time you read this the series is liable to be over, but just a few thoughts about what I saw during game four.
I was so impressed and moved by the tribute during the sixth inning for Stand Up 2 Cancer. All the players, coaches, umpires, and fans stood holding cards on which they wrote the names of family members who either died of cancer or were cancer survivors. Earlier in the day I attended the funeral for my 43-year old cousin, Terry, who died after a short battle with cancer. So, this tribute was especially meaningful on this day.
The other thing that occurred to me during this game was the number of times the umpires had to review close plays on the bases. I counted three times, but again, I was flipping back and forth with the TU football game. I totally understand the need to get the calls right, as much as possible, but to disrupt the flow of a baseball game while waiting to find out what the video officials think is getting ridiculous. Plus, umpires are certainly not perfect, and there will be human error from time to time – ask Don Denkinger – but to take the umpires totally out of the equation isn’t the answer.