TU vs. SMU Friday Night in Dallas

It’s never easy to play Connecticut in football and it’s especially difficult when things just aren’t going your way. That’s what The University of Tulsa encountered on Saturday as the Golden Hurricane lost 20-14 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Harford, Conn.

Tulsa’s record dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the American Athletic Conference, while UConn improved to 3-4 and 2-3 in conference play.

Tulsa’s offense was lackluster for most of the game, but it’s not like UConn dominated on either side of the ball. The Huskies led 3-0 at halftime.

Tulsa trailed 20-0 in the fourth quarter, before scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final seven minutes. The Golden Hurricane put together two 70-plus-yard scoring drives late in the game, to make the final score close.

The first TU touchdown came with 7:09 left as Shamari Brooks carried the ball 8 yards into the end zone, capping a 75-yard, 5-play drive. The Golden Hurricane defense stopped UConn on the following three plays, allowing just 6 yards. This gave Tulsa the ball with 5:36 left on the game clock. TU went 77 yards in 10 plays and scored its second touchdown of the game with 2:16 remaining. This time, Brooks scored on a one-yard run.

Again, TU got the ball before time ran out, needing to go 88 yards in under a minute to tie the score with a touchdown and win it with a PAT. On 4th-and-1, Brooks converted the first down on a five-yard run to the their own 26-yard line. Two plays later a pass interference call put the Hurricane at the Tulsa 41-yard line. Quarterback Luke Skipper then completed a 50-yard pass to Keenen Johnson, putting Tulsa at the UConn nine-yard line with 0:01 left on the clock.

On the final play, as time expired, Skipper scrambled and threw to Johnson in the end zone, the ball was knocked away incomplete.

Tulsa finished with 453 total yards of offense, while UConn had a total of 441. Brooks ended the game with a career-best 164 yards, while Skipper completed 17-of-27 passes for a career-best 259 yards.

Tulsa will play at SMU on Friday night at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

ORU SLAM JAM

ORU basketball fans can get a first look at the men’s and women’s teams this coming Monday, Oct. 30, as the Golden Eagles host their annual “Midnight Madness” from 10 p.m. to Midnight, at the Mabee Center.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play 15-minute inter-squad scrimmages, plus there will be many opportunities for fans to win prizes and enjoy some entertainment and a few surprises. The event is free and open to the public.