This week, Tulsa welcomed the New Mexico Lobos to Chapman Stadium. Both teams were trying to steady their season coming off of a loss that dropped them below .500 at 1-2.
Early on, the Lobos offense was effective and they moved the ball down the field with relative ease. The Tulsa defense struggled to stop the run option, and New Mexico scored on their first possession to take the lead.
When the Golden Hurricane took the field, they struggled to find any offensive rhythm. Just one week after having three different players run for over 100 yards, only D’Angelo Brewer could get anything going. He rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown, but it was not enough. Despite stacking the box to curtail TU’s running game, quarterback Chad President was not able to do any damage through the air, completing just 13 passes for 131 yards.
These trends continued throughout the game, though the Lobos started to have some problems of their own on offense. While Tulsa struggled to move the ball down the field, New Mexico moved the ball well but couldn’t put more points on the board. The Tulsa defense gave up a lot of yards, but forced a couple of fumbles and an interception, keeping the game within reach.
In the lowest scoring game of the season for the Golden Hurricane, the score was tied at 13-13 with five minutes remaining. The Lobos had the ball, and used their running game to take time off the clock. They managed to get in range for a long field goal, and used a timeout to stop the clock just before the game ended. For the second week in a row, the Golden Hurricane football team had to watch their hopes fade as the ball sailed through the goalposts with 0:00 on the clock.
Now with a 1-3 record on the season, Tulsa will face their first conference opponent of the season next week when 3-0 Navy visits. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.