TULSA POSTGAME NOTES AT BOWLING GREEN
Aug 29, 2013
Tulsa's game at Bowling Green Thursday kicked off the 114th season of football at The University of Tulsa.
This was the second-earliest opening game date in Tulsa history. The earliest was played on Aug. 28, 1997 at Cincinnati.
Tulsa opened the season with a road contest for the seventh straight season. The Golden Hurricane is 3-4 in its last seven season openers.
Tulsa's seven straight road season openers is the longest run in school history. TU previously played six straight season openers on the road from 1905-13 (TU did not field a team in three of those years).
Bowling Green won the toss and deferred its decision to the second half. Tulsa received the opening kick.
Nine players made their first career start for Tulsa, including seven on defense and two on offense. Juniors Brentom Todd and Chris Hummingbird, sophomores Derrick Luetjen, Michael Mudoh and Bradley White, redshirt freshmen Darnell Walker Jr., and true freshman Jesse Brubaker earned their first career starts on defense. Junior Davis Walton and sophomore Derek Patterson earned their first career starts on offense.
Dwight Dobbins intercepted BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson's pass with 9:19 left in the second quarter. It was his first interception of the season and third of Dobbins' career. He had one interception in each of his first two seasons at TU.
Tulsa trailed Bowling Green 6-0 at the half. It was the first time Tulsa did not score first-half points since Sept. 24, 2011 at Boise State.
Tulsa scored its first points of the game with a touchdown at the 5:56 mark of the fourth quarter. It was the latest TU has scored in a game since it was shutout 45-0 at Oklahoma on Sept. 19, 2009.
The 34-7 final score was Tulsa largest margin of defeat since a 48-16 loss to No. 7 Houston on Nov. 26, 2011.
With the loss Tulsa's record in season openers is now 65-48-1
With the loss, Tulsa's record against Bowling Green is now 3-1, and its record against MAC opponents is 6-3.
Tulsa rushed for 51 yards in the game. It was the fewest rushing yards for the hurricane since it totaled 37 yards against BYU in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, 2011.
Tulsa's 273 yards of total offense was its lowest output since its game at Oklahoma in on Sept. 19, 2009.
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