Tulsa Defeats Tulane, 45-10
TULSA, Okla. - Cody Green passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns, and Alex Singleton rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns as Tulsa defeated Tulane, 45-10, Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 17,880 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Green was 13-for-17 passing for 252 yards in the first half alone for the Golden Hurricane (1-1), which held a 368 to 82 total yardage advantage at the break. Tulsa outgained Tulane 651 yards to 177 yards in the game.
Tulane scored a field goal on its first drive of the game. After punting on its first possession, Tulsa converted five consecutive drives into touchdowns in the first half, building its lead to 35-3 by halftime.
The Hurricane defense harassed Tulane all day, totaling six sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Linebacker DeAundre Brown led Tulsa with eight tackles and three tackles for loss.
Tulane quarterback Devin Powell completed 8-of-16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Rob Kelley led the Green Wave in rushing, totaling 38 yards on the ground.
"I thought it was a very aggressive, workmanlike performance," Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship said of the Golden Hurricane first-half. "We challenged our guys, `Don't wait for the plays to come to you, make something happen.' We played aggressive on defense, got after the quarterback, were able to get several sacks and at least harass him in the backfield. I thought Cody Green performed extremely well."
Tulane got on the board first with a 49-yard field goal from Cairo Santos on the opening drive. Tulsa was forced to punt on its first drive, but Hurricane sophomore Cole Way pinned the Green Wave on its own 13 yard line with a 50-yard punt.
Following a short punt by Tulane, the Hurricane took over on the Tulane 46 yard line and drove for its first touchdown in six plays, capped by a two-yard rush by Alex Singleton. Green found Garrett for a 20-yard reception, and Watts ran for 15 yards to the two, setting up the touchdown.
On Tulsa's next drive, Green once again hooked up with Garrett, this time for 40 yards down the sideline. Following a nine-yard run by Watts, Singleton punched in his second touchdown from one yard out.
Green connected with Thomas Roberson, who was wide open behind the Tulane defense, for a 74-yard touchdown to give the Hurricane a 21-3 lead with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
On its next possession, the Golden Hurricane running backs Douglas and Watts gashed Tulane's defense for runs of 13 yards, 10 yards, 12 yards and 21 yards to move inside the 20 yard line. Two plays later, Green hit Jordan James in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Tulsa led 28-3 with 8:58 left in the second quarter.
The Golden Hurricane extended its lead to 35-3 with 4:48 remaining in the first half when Singleton once again ran into the end zone from two yards out. Tulsa started the drive on its own 41 yard line, and after a loss on a running play, James caught a 17-yard pass from Green. Three plays later, Watts took a short pass and ran for 40 yards down to the Tulane 6 yard line. Singleton ran for four and two yards for his third touchdown of the day.
Tulane safety Devon Walker was injured on the final play of the first half and taken to a local hospital.
After a scoreless third quarter, backup Tulsa quarterback Kalen Henderson ran in from five yards out, capping a seven-play, 81 yard drive to make the score 42-3 in favor of the home team.
The Hurricane tacked on a field goal by Daniel Schwarz with 4:26 left in the game. Tulane scored its only touchdown of the game when quarterback Devin Powell connected with Ryan Grant for a 66-yard score with 3:30 remaining, making the score 45-10, Tulsa.
Tulsa returns to action Saturday, Sept. 15, when it plays host to Nicholls State at 6 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased online at www.TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918-631-GoTU (4688) or stopping by the TU Athletic Ticket Office, Mon-Fri, 8:30-5 p.m.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 8:31 Tulane Cairo Santos 49 FG 0-3 1 2:52 Tulsa Alex Singleton 2 run (Daniel Schwarz PAT) 7-3 1 0:24 Tulsa Singleton 1 run (Schwarz PAT) 14-3 2 13:54 Tulsa Cody Green 74 pass to Thomas Roberson (Schwarz PAT) 21-3 2 8:58 Tulsa Green 16 pass to Jordan James (Schwarz PAT) 28-3 2 4:48 Tulsa Singleton 2 run (Schwarz PAT) 35-3 4 7:39 Tulsa Kalen Henderson 5 run (Schwarz PAT) 42-3 4 4:26 Tulsa Schwarz 45 FG 45-3 4 3:30 Tulane Devin Powell 66 pass to Ryan Grant (Santos PAT) 45-10
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