TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Falling behind early is changing into a daily prevalence for Tulsa. So are late-game heroics.
Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a landing within the second extra time to present No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane on Thursday evening.
Tulsa (5-1, 5-0 American Athletic Convention) pressured extra time when third-string quarterback Brin Davis linked with JuanCarlos Santana for a Hail Mary 37-yard landing move.
”Phrases cannot actually clarify that one,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery stated. ”I am simply so pleased with our younger males. That’s only a particular group of fellows down there. I do not know that we performed our greatest ball tonight, however we discovered a solution to win. They’ll struggle for 60 minutes, each second of it, and it took each second of it tonight.”
Taking part in its first sport as a ranked crew since 2008, Tulsa outgained Tulane 522 yards to 302, however turned the ball over 3 times. The Golden Hurricane trailed 14-0 coming into the fourth quarter – the fourth sport this season they’ve overcome a 14-point-or-more deficit to win.
Brin entered with 2:09 left within the third quarter after backup Seth Boomer was carted off the sphere due to a left leg harm. Starter Zach Smith left with a torso harm late within the first quarter.
”It has been an unbelievable evening,” stated Brin, a redshirt sophomore who noticed his first significant school motion. ”I’ve simply ready for the previous three years and ready on my alternative to reap the benefits of it. I received that decision and I knew that is what I needed to do and felt actually assured about it.”
Brin accomplished 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His 18-yard TD run with 9:17 remaining received Tulsa’s comeback began.
”Clearly, you do not put together for the third-team man coming in,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz stated. ”We did not know a lot about him. I believed the younger man got here in and did a pleasant job.”
Corey Taylor II, carrying the ball for the primary time in 4 video games, gained 132 yards on 19 carries for the Golden Hurricane. Santana added eight receptions for 138 yards and the game-tying rating.
Montgomery saids that Collins, who additionally sealed Tulsa’s come-from-behind 28-24 win final week over then-No. 19 SMU, must be thought-about for the Heisman Trophy.
”Unbelievable child, unbelievable teammate, nice chief,” Montgomery stated. ”Why is that man not within the operating for the Heisman? Inform me somebody that has affected extra video games than that man. I imply, if we need to speak about the most effective soccer gamers in school soccer, in my view, he is there.”
Tulane (5-5, 2-5) was coming off a 38-12 victory over then-No. 25 Navy final week, its first win over a ranked opponent in 36 years, and practically did it once more simply 5 days later.
Stephen Huderson ran for 106 yards on 25 carries for the Inexperienced Wave, together with the competition’s first TD on a 5-yard run with 5:25 remaining within the third quarter. Larry Brooks had an interception and recovered a fumble for the Inexperienced Wave.
Fritz was pissed off by surrendering the Hail Mary landing move.
”We work on that scenario — Hail Mary move — the day earlier than the video games,” Fritz stated. ”Clearly, we did not execute it very nicely. Poor teaching, poor execution. We simply did not play excellent down the stretch. We wanted to make a play.”
Tulane: The Inexperienced Wave entered the sport having scored not less than 30 factors in seven straight video games, the primary time they’d accomplished that since 1998, however have been shut out within the first half and scored a season-low 24 factors. Marek Glover missed area purpose makes an attempt from 28 (within the first quarter) and 54 yards (within the second), however did join on one from 39 yards out within the first extra time. Tulane entered the day averaging 404.3 yards per sport and gained 277 in regulation and 302 general.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane’s offense as soon as once more sputtered within the first quarter, though not less than this time, they did not fall behind within the sport, coming into the second quarter tied 0-0. Tulsa gained simply 58 yards of offense within the opening interval, persevering with its season-long development of beginning gradual. The Golden Hurricane have scored simply 12 factors all season within the first quarter and common simply 72 yards of their first quarters, whereas gaining a mean of 119.4 per quarter within the different three.
With the dramatic victory, Tulsa, which hadn’t been ranked because it was No. 24 within the closing 2010 season ballot, ought to stay within the ballot for not less than one other week and probably transfer up a few spots.
Earlier than popping out, Smith, who threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in Tulsa’s massive overcome SMU on Saturday, accomplished 2 of 6 passes for 17 yards. Boomer accomplished 7 of 13 passes for 60 yards, together with an interception. Keylon Stokes, who caught three passes for 18 yards, additionally exited the sport with an undisclosed harm early within the third quarter.
Tulane: Conclude their common season on Nov. 28 at house towards Memphis.
Tulsa: At Houston on Nov. 28.