Tulsa Falls to Oklahoma, 51-20
Sept. 14, 2013
Norman, Okla. - No. 13-ranked Oklahoma opened both halves with touchdowns and went on for a 51-20 victory in front of 84,229 fans at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Tulsa fell to 1-2 on the season, while OU improved to 3-0. The Sooners improved its record in the series to 18-7-1.
Oklahoma put up 607 yards of total offensive, including 413 passing and 194 yards on the ground. Tulsa amassed 321 total yards with 226 through the air and 95 rushing yards. It was Oklahoma's third down efficiency that helped sink the Golden Hurricane as the Sooners converted 12-of-16 third downs, including 6-of-12 that went for 10 yards or more with two going for touchdowns.
OU's Blake Bell completed 27-of-37 passes for 413 yards, while Sterling Shepard was the recipient of eight of those tosses for 123 yards.
Tulsa's Trey Watts totaled 231 all-purpose yards with 60 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving, 77 punt return yards and 29 kick return yards. With his 60 yards rushing he now has 2,406 to remain in seventh-place on Tulsa's all-time rushing chart, while his 77-yard punt return was the longest of his career. Jordan James caught six passes for 100 yards, while Cody Green completed 17-of-33 passes for 226 yards and had one interception. He also had four carries for six yards.
Senior linebacker Shawn Jackson had 15 tackles today, his ninth career double-figure performance, and was one shy of his career best set against Marshall on Oct. 6, 2012. Of those, three were tackles for loss, including one sack for six yards, to set a new school record for career TFLs with 41.5 for -183 yards. His sack was his 19th of his career as he is just one away of tying the school record of 20 sacks in a career.
Oklahoma took the opening kickoff 72 yards in 12 plays, while taking 4:50 off the game clock as Brennan Clay ran in from four yards out for the score.
OU took a 10-0 lead on its second possession as Michael Hunnicutt knocked through a 20-yard filed goal at the 5:09 mark of the first period. On third-and-four from the Sooners 14-yard, Blake Bell connected with Jaz Reynolds on a short pass play that Reynolds took 82 yards to the Tulsa four-yard line.
Tulsa took its first scoring drive 75 yards in 11 plays and took 4:51 off the clock as Watts ran in from two yards out for Tulsa's first rushing touchdown this year, as the Hurricane cut Oklahoma's lead to 10-7. On the drive, Green connected with James on three passes for 30 yards and Watts for 25 yards on one pass.
The Sooners responded on the subsequent drive with a three-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Shepard, capping a nine-play, 72-yard drive to make the score 17-7 at the 10:56 mark of the second quarter.
Following an interception return to the Tulsa 33-yard line, OU went the final 33 yards in four plays to take a 24-7 lead at the 7:12 mark of the second period. Bell connected the final 29 yards with Roy Finch for the touchdown.
Oklahoma scored three points with 3:41 remaining in the first half on a 30-yard field goal by Hunnicutt, capping a 60-yard, nine-pay drive, giving the Sooners a 20-point lead at 27-7. Tulsa moved to the OU 47-yard line, but was forced to punt.
The first half ended with Oklahoma ahead 27-7 after out-gaining Tulsa 346 to 144 in the first 30 minutes.
The Sooners scored on their first second-half possession to take a 34-7 lead with a three-play, 35-yard drive as Bell threw his third TD pass of the game and second to Shepard, covering all 35 yards.
On its second third quarter possession, Tulsa marched to the OU five-yard line and had to settle for a Carl Salazar 26-yard field goal, as the three points capped a nine-play, 68-yard drive. Tulsa scored on consecutive possessions after Watts took Oklahoma's first punt of the day 77 yards to the OU nine-yard line. However, the offense managed just five yards and Tulsa had to settle for a 21-yard Salazar field goal.
Oklahoma opened the fourth quarter with a 36-yard Hunnicutt field goal at the 14:53 mark to take a 37-13 lead.
Tulsa took its first fourth quarter possession 75 yards in 10 plays as Douglas had Tulsa's second rushing TD of the game with 11:59 remaining on the game clock to cut the OU lead to 37-20.
The Sooners took the subsequent possession 75 yards in five plays as Bell connected with Jalen Saunders for a 25-yard touchdown putting the home team back ahead by 24 points, 44-20. Oklahoma added seven points on a Keith Ford three-yard run with 2:35 left in the contest, capping an 11-play, 84-yard drive.
Tulsa is off next Saturday, but returns to H.A. Chapman Stadium for a Thursday night, game on Sept. 26 against the Iowa State Cyclones. It will be the third time that the two teams have faced each other in the past 13 months. The two teams began the 2012 campaign in Ames on Sept. 1 and finished the year at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012.
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SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 10:10 OU Brennan Clay 4 run (Hunnicutt PAT) 0-7 1 5:09 OU Mike Hunnicutt 20 FG 0-10 1 0:18 Tulsa Trey Watts 2 run (Salazar PAT) 7-10 2 10:56 OU Sterling Shepard 3 pass from Blake Bell (Hunnicutt PAT) 7-17 2 7:12 OU Roy Finch 29 pass from Blake Bell (Hunnicutt PAT) 7-24 2 3:41 OU Mike Hunnicutt 30 FG 7-27 3 12:34 OU Sterling Shepard 35 pass from Blake Bell (Hunnicutt PAT) 7-34 3 9:16 Tulsa Carl Salazar 26 FG 10-34 3 4:46 Tulsa Carl Salazar 21 FG 13-34 4 14:53 OU Mike Hunnicutt 36 FG 13-37 4 11:59 Tulsa Ja'Terian Douglas 6 run (Salazar PAT) 20-37 4 9:33 OU Jalen Saunders 25 pass from Blake Bell (Hunnicutt PAT) 20-44 4 2:35 OU Keith Ford 3 run (Hunnicutt PAT) 20-51
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