By Will Bramlet
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane lost to the Tulane Green Wave 14–7 for only the second loss against Tulane in team history. It was also the first loss for the Hurricane at the Superdome.
Cody Green was unable to play Saturday because of an injury, so redshirt freshman Dane Evans started the game at the quarterback position. Evans first drive as a starting QB ended in a three and out and the following two drives ended with an interception, one of which occurred deep in the Tulane end zone.
Trey Watts makes yet another defender miss a tackle late in the first quarter on his 21-yard run following a pass from Tulsa QB Dane Evens.
On the Tulane drive resulting from the second interception, Tulsa’s Will Barrow picked off a pass by Tulane QB Devin Powell at the Tulsa 31 yard line. Barrow ran down to the Tulane five-yard line before being forced out-of-bounds by Tulane’s Rob Kelley with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter.
The Hurricane, despite fantastic field position thanks to the interception, had trouble running the ball into the end zone. The first quarter ended with Tulsa 4th & goal at the Tulane one-yard line.
Trey Watts made it into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter and Carl Salazar hit the point after attempt to put the Hurricane up 7–0.
Tulane defender Jordan Sullen intercepts a pass by Evans intended for Tulsa receiver Jordan James resulting in a touchback for the Green Wave.
A later Tulsa drive stalled in the Tulane red zone forcing the Tulsa field goal unit out onto the field. Salazar missed the 29-yard field goal attempt, his first missed field goal attempt since the season opener at Bowling Green State.
Tulane took over with less than five minutes remaining in the first half at their own 20-yard line. The Green Wave surged down the field which ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Powell to Justyn Shackleford to tie the game at seven only moments before halftime.
Tulsa received to start the second half, but its first drive was unfruitful. Tulane’s first drive of the half was more productive. The Green Wave rushed down the field setting up a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grant giving it a 14–7 lead over the Golden Hurricane.
That was all Tulane needed to beat Tulsa.
The Tulsa defensive line and the Tulane offensive line get set for the first play following Sullen’s interception.
Evans threw his third interception of the day near the end of the third quarter which was caught and downed at the Tulane one yard line by Lorenzo Doss. Tulsa’s Keevan Lucas also fumbled the ball on a drive halfway through the fourth quarter which was recovered by Tulane, but the Hurricane’s Darnell Walker picked off a pass on the ensuing Green Wave drive.
Tulsa began the drive with 3:45 left in the second half and quickly found itself in a 4th & 5 from the Tulsa nine-yard line. Evans hit Jordan James for the first down to keep the drive alive.
Evans looked for receivers on a 3rd & 12 from the Tulsa 42-yard line then discovered the Tulane defense barreling down on him. Evans scrambled, but was unable to get away from Tulane’s Royce LaFrance who took down Evans for a loss of 13 yards.
The game was on the line and Tulsa had the ball at its own 29 on 4th & 25. Evans threw the ball to Jordan James, but Sam Scofield was able to step in and break up the play forcing a turnover on downs.
The Green Wave ran the remaining time off the clock to clinch their first and only victory over the Golden Hurricane as members of Conference USA and its first win over Tulsa since 1968.
Tulsa had trouble with turnovers and penalties in the game. Through six games, Tulsa was averaging two and a third turnovers per game, including three games with at least three turnovers. Tulsa added four more turnovers to its total for the season.
Entering the Superdome, Tulsa was the second least-penalized team in the nation averaging less than 20 yards of penalties per game including zero penalties in its previous game against UTEP.
Leaving the Superdome, eight penalties were called against Tulsa for 94 yards, some of which assisted in ending Tulsa drives and others helped keep the Tulane offense on the field.
The football team will host the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for homecoming. This will be the Hurricane’s first home game since the 30–27 overtime loss to the Rice Owls on Oct. 5.