Explosive offense carries TU past Louisiana

This week, the Golden Hurricane football team returned home to play against Louisiana, looking to bounce back from their season opening loss at Oklahoma State.
In the first half, it was difficult to tell that any defense was on the field for either team as both offenses scored on their first four possessions. Tulsa struck first, and Louisiana matched each score until a shanked extra point gave TU a 24-23 lead with two minutes left in the half.
The game looked like it would head into halftime in a near draw, neither team able to separate themselves, but the last two minutes would change the course of the game. First, Chad President connected with Justin Hobbs on a slant, who beat single coverage for a 69 yard touchdown.
Then, after the defense was finally able to halt the Ragin’ Cajun’s fearsome aerial attack, De’Angelo Brewer found a gaping hole and took the rock 60 yards to the two-yard line. Corey Taylor II punched it home to take a 38-23 halftime lead.
Louisiana was not ready to go down without a fight. They came out firing in the second half and scored two quick touchdowns, though yet another missed extra point as well as a botched two point conversion helped the Golden Hurricane maintain a lead at 38-35. The dynamic Tulsa offense then kicked back in, scoring four more touchdowns. At the end of the high-scoring affair, TU came away with an impressive 66-42 victory.
Tulsa’s vaunted offensive line manhandled Louisiana’s Pop Warner defense, as the Golden Hurricane compiled 424 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Brewer was the star of the afternoon, putting up the best line of his college career with 262 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. President also helped alleviate concern of a continued quarterback controversy with a conservative but efficient 243 yard passing performance.
The win leveled TU’s record at 1-1 as they head into the third game of the season. They will next play on the road next Saturday, when Tulsa will play Toledo.

Post Author: Joe Edmunds