I don’t think calling it a miracle win for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane is far fetched but something supernatural was going on in the second half allowing TU to come from behind to defeat Tulane and earn a bowl game invitation. Tulsa won the game, 45-34 on Friday night in New Orleans.
Tulsa was trailing 24-14 at halftime, and it wasn’t looking good for the Golden Hurricane on either side of the ball, but TU outscored Tulane 31-10 in the second half, to come away with the win.
“I’m so proud of our football team,” said Tulsa head coach Phillip Montgomery. “We’re down and come in at halftime, we sit and talk and make some adjustments, and my message to them before we came out (for the second half) was that we’re fixing to win this game. Those guys just continued to battle, continued to fight. Our defense comes up with a couple of huge plays there at the end.”
The huge plays, or miracles if you will, were a couple of interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“We get two pick-sixes there late in the game,” Montgomery said. “(Craig) Suits’ (interception) was huge, and then (Kolton) Shindelar, we get down and he just keeps running and my goodness; (it’s) just a great team win.”
Suits returned an interception 28 yards for a score, and then Shindelar returned a pick 89 yards, to cap the game with 1:12 remaining on the clock.
The key to the Golden Hurricane second half offensive attack was the passing game finally began to click. Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans completed 19-of-32 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Tulsa receiver Keyarris Garrett had his second-best receiving performance of his career with 216 yards and one touchdown, while Josh Atkinson caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.
“Offensively, what can you say about what Keyarris did,” said Montgomery. “Josh (Atkinson) had some big catches. Those guys just continued to battle. They did a great job against our rushing attack. Those guys out there just continued to make plays.”
Tulsa will have to wait until next week to find out what bowl game will extend an invitation, but for first year head coach Montgomery, it’s a big accomplishment to take this team to a post-season game.
BEDLAM WAS UGLY
Okay, I realize it may be a matter of personal taste and opinion whether or not a game is ugly. If you’re an Oklahoma Sooner fan, you probably thought the Bedlam game was awesome, considering the Sooners beat Oklahoma State, 58-23. If you’re an OSU fan, you likely thought it was an embarrassment on your home field.
If you don’t have any allegiance to either team, you have to admit it was a terrible game – especially the second quarter. In just 15 minutes of playing time, the Sooners went from leading OSU 14-10, to outscoring the Cowboys 30-10 and taking a controlling 44-20 lead into halftime. That second quarter was ugly for the Cowboys.
The Sooners scored in the second quarter on the following plays; a 66-yard run by Joe Mixon, a five-yard pass to Dimitri Flowers, a 32-yard interception return by Jordan Thomas, a 25-yard run by Samaje Perine, and a 40-yard field goal by Austin Seibert.
As you read that, you can probably see OSU was struggling both on offense and defense, giving the Sooners that many opportunities.
On this night, OSU certainly didn’t look like a team that had started the season 10-0; regardless of who they were playing, and granted, OU came into the game with a 10-1 record and ranked No. 3 in the country. This was certainly going to be a tough game for the Cowboys, but great teams win these types of games; especially at home, and they just couldn’t keep up with a very strong OU squad.
At this point, OU has a great shot at playing for the national championship.