Tulsa Postgame Notes vs Nicholls State
Sept. 15, 2012
Nicholls State won the toss and chose to defer to the second half. Tulsa received the opening kickoff and defended the North end zone to begin the game.
At the 14:00 mark of the first quarter, junior running back Ja'Terian Douglas scored on a 67-yard touchdown run. It was his ninth career rushing touchdown and eighth that was 15 yards or longer. It was also Douglas' second longest touchdown run behind an 80-yard score against Oklahoma State (9/17/11).
Tulsa's touchdown at the 14:00 mark was the fastest first quarter score since Douglas scored a 33-yard touchdown run at the 14:04 mark of the first quarter against Tulane (10/16/10).
At the 8:35 mark of the first quarter, senior running back Alex Singleton scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. It was Singleton's 23rd career touchdown.
At the 4:06 mark of the first quarter, junior running back Trey Watts scored his first touchdown of the season on a 10-yard run. Watts now has 11 total career touchdowns.
At the 2:30 mark of the first quarter, Nicholls State quarterback LaQuintin Caston scored on a 63-yard touchdown run. It was the longest run from scrimmage and the longest touchdown run given up by Tulsa's defense since Marshall's Travan Van scored on a 69-yard rushing play last season (11/12/11).
At the 2:30 mark of the first quarter, freshman linebacker Trent Martin blocked Nicholls State kicker Andrew Dolan's extra point attempt. Cory Dorris was the last Tulsa player to block a PAT. He did so three times last season, most recently against Houston (11/25/11).
Tulsa scored 28 points in the first quarter. It was the most points in a single quarter since the team scored 28 points in the second quarter against Marshall (11/12/11) and the most points in a first quarter since the team scored 28 points against UTEP (10/8/08).
At the 11:35 mark of the second quarter, senior defensive end Jared St. John recorded a quarterback sack for a loss of eight yards. He now has one sack in each of the season's first three games.
At the 9:35 mark of the second quarter, sophomore punter Cole Way recorded his first punt of the game after Tulsa had scored touchdowns on its first five possessions.
At the 7:35 mark of the second quarter, senior defensive back Lowell Rose forced a fumble that was recovered by sophomore defensive end Brentom Todd (career firsts for both players). It was the first fumble recovery for Tulsa's defense this season.
Tulsa's 42 first half points were the most since scoring 42 points against Marshall (11/12/11).
At the 13:02 mark of the third quarter, junior linebacker DeWitt Jennings recorded his first career sack for a loss of eight yards.
At the 11:35 mark of the third quarter, redshirt freshman Bradley White tallied his first career fumble recovery on a mishandled punt return attempt.
At the 5:43 mark of the third quarter, Dexter McCoil took sole possession of Tulsa's all-time interceptions mark with his 14th career interception.
McCoil is now tied for fifth all-time on the C-USA interceptions chart (14) and ranked seventh all-time on the C-USA interception return yards chart (224).
At the 5:14 mark of the third quarter, freshman running back Zack Langer scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard run.
At the 0:20 mark of the third quarter, freshman quarterback Joseph Calcagni completed his first career completion to freshman receiver Connor Floyd for 26 yards. It was also Floyd's first career reception.
At the 13:23 mark of the fourth quarter, Singleton scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run. It was his 24th career touchdown and seventh multi-touchdown game.
At the 4:11 mark of the fourth quarter, Langer scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run.
At the 0:44 mark of the fourth quarter, sophomore linebacker Mitchell Osborne recorded his first career sack.
At the 0:18 mark of the fourth quarter, Trent Martin recorded his second sack of the game. He joined DeWitt Jennings who also had two sacks against Nicholls State. Tulsa has had at least one player two sacks in each of the first three games (DeAundre Brown vs. Iowa State, Cory Dorris vs. Tulane, Derrick Luetjen vs. Tulane). This is also the second game in which Tulsa has had two players with two sacks each.
Tulsa's 66 points were the most scored since the team posted 77 points against UTEP (10/18/08).
Tulsa defeated Nicholls State by 50 points. It was the largest margin of victory since Tulsa defeated Sam Houston State by 53 points (56-3 on 9/26/09).
Ja'Terian Douglas finished the game with 163 yards and two touchdowns on five attempts. It was his third best single-game yardage performance and best since his career high 194 yards against Marshall (11/12/11). It was also Douglas' second career multi-touchdown game. He had two rushing touchdowns against Oklahoma State (9/17/11).
Douglas also surpassed the 1,500-yard rushing mark. He now has 1,521 career rushing yards.
Tulsa had its third different 100-yard rusher over its first three games of the season. Trey Watts rushed for 125 yards against Iowa State (9/1/12) and Alex Singleton rushed for 102 yards against Tulane (9/8/12).
Zack Langer finished with a career high 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. His previous career total was 16 yards on four carries.
Tulsa followed up its 364-yard rushing performance against Tulane last week with 333 yards rushing against Nicholls State. It marked the first time Tulsa tallied back-to-back 300-yard rushing games since rushing for 300-yards or more in four consecutive games during the 2008 season.
Tulsa combined for 566 total yards against Nicholls State. It was the second time Tulsa had 500 or more yards this season and the fourth time in Coach Bill Blankenship's 16-game career.
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