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Last-Second Field Goal Lifts Tulsa Past Colorado State, 30-27

Senior running back Trey Watts had a 45-yard run to set up Carl Salazar's 34-yard game-winning field goal.
Senior running back Trey Watts had a 45-yard run to set up Carl Salazar's 34-yard game-winning field goal.
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TULSA, Okla. - Carl Salazar connected on a 34-yard field goal with no time on the clock to give Tulsa a 30-27 come-from-behind victory over Colorado State on Saturday night in front of 22,875 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

The Golden Hurricane (1-1) trailed 27-17 heading into the fourth quarter but tied the score at the 7:01 mark of the fourth period as Cody Green threw 15 yards to Derek Patterson for six points, and the Salazar PAT made it 27-27.

With the clock winding down, TU took over on its own 26 with 1:24 left in the game after forcing a punt by the Rams. The Hurricane went 57 yards in five plays before Salazar lifted his third field goal of the night through the uprights to give Tulsa the victory. It was the longest of the field goals for Salazar.

Colorado State (0-2) scored 20 first half points and added a touchdown in the third quarter to take a 27-17 lead into the fourth period. Tulsa scored the first points of the second-half on a 31-yard Salazar field goal, cutting the CSU lead to 20-17.

The Rams added a 57-yard, five-play scoring drive that saw Chris Nwoke go over from one yard out with 0:50 remaining in the third quarter to take the 27-17 lead.

Tulsa cut the CSU lead to seven points, 27-20, after a nine-play, 44-yard drive, but the Hurricane offense was stopped at the CSU six-yard line forcing a Salazar 23-yard field goal.

Tulsa gained 427 total yards, including 154 rushing yards by Trey Watts. Green was 21-for-39 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Watts led TU receivers with eight catches totaling 58 yards, while Patterson grabbed three passes for 61 yards.

In the first half, Tulsa miscues led to the first two CSU touchdowns, as the scores came after a fumbled punt and a blocked punt and totaled just 27 yards. Tulsa's first two tries on offense amounted to a fumble on the first punt return attempt, and a blocked punt after the offense went three-and out on its first actual drive.

The first CSU score came from two yards out following the block of a Cole Way punt, as Garrett Grayson connected on the two-yard pass to Joe McKay.

Tulsa took the subsequent drive 78 yards to tie the score at 7-7 as Green connected on 6-of-7 passes, including the final 17 yards to Ja'Terian Douglas for his first career touchdown.

On CSU's subsequent possession, Michael Mudoh's first career interception gave Tulsa the ball at the CSU 33-yard line. The Hurricane scored in five plays as Green connected with Jordan James for a five-yard touchdown to take a 14-7 lead at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter.

CSU's Jared Roberts cut the Hurricane lead to four points with a 25-yard field goal at the 13:08 mark of the second quarter. After holding the Hurricane to just five yards on three plays, Grayson connected on 19 yards with Jordan Vaden to give the Rams the lead again 17-14 at the 11:30 mark of the second quarter. After a facemask penalty on the punt, CSU started the drive from the Tulsa 25-yard line and scored two plays later.

CSU scored on its third straight possession with a 45-yard field goal by Roberts, putting the Rams ahead 20-14 with 6:13 remaining in the first half.

At halftime, Colorado State held the six-point lead, while Tulsa a three-yard total offense advantage, 178 to 175 yards. Among Tulsa's 178 first-half yards, 111 of those yards came on Tulsa's two scoring drives, while Tulsa amassed just 67 yards on 25 plays the rest of the first 30 minutes. For Colorado State, their two touchdown drives totaled just 27 yards, while the Rams gained 148 yards on their remaining eight possessions.

Next Saturday, Tulsa travels down the turnpike to play the 16th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in an 11:00 am game to be televised by ESPN2. Tulsa returns to H.A. Chapman Stadium on Thursday night, Sept. 26 to face the Iowa state Cyclones for the third time since last September. Single-game ticket prices begin a $15.00 and are available online at TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or in person at the Reynolds Center Ticket Office.

Qtr.	Time	Team	Play		                                        Score
1	10:43	CSU	Garrett Grayson 2 pass to Joe McKay (Roberts PAT)	0-7
1	7:18	Tulsa	Cody Green 17 pass to Ja'Terian Douglas (Salazar PAT)	7-7
1	4:40	Tulsa	Cody Green 5 pass to Jordan James (Salazar PAT)		14-7
2	13:08	CSU	Jared Roberts 25 FG		                        14-10
2	11:30	CSU	Garrett Grayson 19 pass to Jordan Vaden (Roberts PAT)	14-17
2	6:13	CSU	Jared Roberts 45 FG		                        14-20
3	9:56	Tulsa	Carl Salazar 31 FG		                        17-20
3	0:50	CSU	Chris Nwoke 1 run		                        17-27
4	13:14	Tulsa	Carl Salazar 23 FG		                        20-27
4	7:01	Tulsa	Cody Green 15 pass to Derek Patterson (Salazar PAT)	27-27
4	0:00	Tulsa	Carl Salazar 34 FG		                        30-27