When I think of The University of Tulsa football team, I can’t help but think of the old theme song from the television show, Rawhide.
“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, go the lyrics. Keep movin’, movin’, movin’ Though they’re disapprovin’, keep them doggies movin’, rawhide.”
That’s exactly what the Golden Hurricane has been doing throughout most of the season, and once again they rolled to what seemed an easy win this past Saturday, as Tulsa defeated East Carolina, 45-24 in front of 17,557 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Tulsa’s very potent offense gained 616 yards of total offense, including more than 300 yards rushing for the sixth time this season (342).
The Golden Hurricane was led by James Flanders with 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and D’Angelo Brewer who added 180 rushing yards and one touchdown. It’s the fourth time this season that TU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Flanders has now rushed for 1,080 yards on the season, and Brewer is 17 yards shy of 1,000 with 983 yards. If the two surpass the 1,000-yard mark, it will be the first time since 1982 that TU had two running backs accomplish this feat.
“I think that it feels great,” Flanders said after the game. “I think that will be a great accomplishment for both of us.”
Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans had another spectacular game completing 22-of-38 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver Josh Atkinson was on the receiving end of 10 of those passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
“I thought overall, especially in the first half, we got a bunch of three-and-outs I believe in there; gave us the chance,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery after the game. “We took the first two drives down and scored. Then we kind of stumbled around a little bit offensively. Defense was playing extremely well, we get back on track, get a field goal. The drive before halftime was big.”
The Tulsa defense turned in a superb performance with a season-high seven sacks for a negative-68 yards. TU held the Pirates to only 38 yards rushing; the lowest rushing output for a Tulsa opponent since limiting UTEP to 31 rushing yards in 2012.
“I thought our football team really stepped up to the challenge tonight, played extremely well,” Montgomery said. “Knowing that right now we’re trying to climb that mountain, get to the top. Everything is still in front of us. All our goals are in front of us. Big game next week.”
With the win, Tulsa extends its record to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in American Athletic Conference play. It also pushes Tulsa into a first-place tie in the AAC West Division with the Navy Midshipmen, whom the Golden Hurricane will play this Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 11 a.m.
East Carolina dropped to 3-6 overall, 1-4 AAC.
The Oral Roberts women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation with South Dakota State in the Summit League Championship match in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday. However, SDSU prevailed in a penalty kick shootout, 3-2.
ORU ends the season on a seven-match unbeaten streak, having won six in a row entering the championship match, and finishing with a record of 11-9-2.
The ORU volleyball team returns home to the Aerobics Center for its final two matches of the regular season hosting Fort Wayne, Friday night at 7:00 p.m. before a Sunday matinee against IUPUI at 1:30 p.m.