Tulsa Comes From Behind to Defeat Fresno State, 27-26
Sept. 22, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa overcame a 20-7 deficit after the first quarter to defeat Fresno State, 27-26 Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 24,236 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Tailback Trey Watts hit wide receiver Thomas Roberson for a 26-yard touchdown with 2:52 left in the third quarter that, with the point-after, gave the Golden Hurricane (3-1) the 27-26 lead, its first of the game.
Fresno State (2-2) scored the game's first 13 points, and led 20-7 after the first quarter. After trailing by 13 points twice, the Hurricane cut the deficit to three points, 20-17, by halftime. Fresno State took a 26-17 lead on its second interception returned for touchdown of the game. Tulsa responded with a field goal and its game-winning touchdown within the span of four drives after the touchdown.
The fourth quarter proved to be a defense and field position battle, as Tulsa held on to its narrow advantage for the win over its former conference rival. The Hurricane defense stiffened up and allowed just six points after the first quarter of play.
"The best thing I can tell you is just so proud of our guys for not giving in," Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship said. "Absolutely fabulous defensive effort. We made it so hard for them with how we played offensively in the first half especially. But then we came back, and I'm really proud of the freshman kicker (Daniel Schwarz) knocking everything through. Then just offensive line got some yardage when we needed to grind it out there at the end."
Cody Green completed 13-of-37 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Jordan James was the recipient of four of those completions for a team-leading 84 yards, including a long of 42 yards. Roberson caught three passes for 65 yards and the touchdown. Alex Singleton led TU rushing with 56 yards, while Ja'Terian Douglas finished with 52 rushing yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run.
Derek Carr was 26-of-44 passing for Fresno State, compiling 231 yards with one touchdown. Josh Harper caught seven passes for 115 yards and the touchdown, and Robbie Rouse ran 27 times for 135 yards and a score.
Overall, the total yardage was close to even. Fresno State gained 364 yards to Tulsa's 354. The Bulldogs gained 133 yards on the ground and 231 yards passing, while the Hurricane gained 126 yards rushing and 228 yards through the air.
Tulsa's defense was led by DeAundre Brown's 12 tackles, Shawn Jackson's 11 tackles and Dexter McCoil's 10 stops. Defensive tackles Daeshon Bufford and Derrick Jackson each recorded a sack, and Bufford forced a fumble. Phillip Thomas led Fresno State with 10 tackles.
Fresno broke through first following an interception, scoring on a 37 yard run by Robbie Rouse, . On Tulsa's next possession, Patrick Su'a intercepted Green off of a tipped pass, and ran for a 20-yard touchdown to give FS a 13-0 lead, when the point-after attempt was no good.
On the ensuing drive, Green hit Roberson for a 29-yard completion, and Ja'Terian Douglas raced 32 yards to the end zone to cut the deficit to 13-7.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr found Josh Harper down the left sideline for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive and extended the Bulldogs lead to 20-7 with 5:28 left in the opening period.
The score remained that way until Green hit Keyarris Garrett in the back of the end zone with a 31-yrd pass that brought Tulsa back to within six points at 20-14. A 24-yard field goal from Daniel Schwarz made the score 20-17 with 4:46 left in the second quarter.
The first half would end with the Golden Hurricane trailing by that three-point deficit.
Tulsa forced Fresno State to punt its first possession after receiving the second half kickoff. Pinned deep in its own territory, Tulsa called a screen pass, but the throw was picked off by rushing linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo and returned 21 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Bulldogs a 26-17 lead at the 12:33 mark of the third quarter.
The Hurricane again cut into Fresno State's lead with a Schwarz field goal. After recovering a fumble on Fresno State's next possession, TU drove 26 yards in five plays, scoring a 24-yard field goal to make the score 26-20. Daeshon Bufford sacked Carr and forced the fumble that set up the field goal drive.
The Golden Hurricane took its first lead of the game when Trey Watts took a pitch from Green and launched a 26-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Roberson on the sideline of the end zone. The score put Tulsa ahead, 27-26 with 2:52 left in the third quarter.
The Hurricane defense held strong on Fresno's final possession with 0:16 left to hang on for the 27-26 victory.
Tulsa travels to Birmingham, Ala., to take on UAB Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. 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 9:43 FS Robbie Rouse 37 run (Quentin Breshears PAT) 0-7 1 9:24 FS Patrick Su'a 20 INT return (PAT failed) 0-13 1 8:21 Tulsa Ja'Terian Douglas 32 run (Daneil Schwarz PAT) 7-13 1 5:28 FS Derek Carr 32 pass to Josh Harper (Breshears PAT) 7-20 2 9:34 Tulsa Cody Green 31 pass to Keyarris Garrett (Schwarz PAT) 14-20 2 4:46 Tulsa Schwarz 24 FG 17-20 3 12:33 FS Tristan Okpalaugo 21 INT return (PAT failed) 17-26 3 10:32 Tulsa Schwarz 38 FG 20-26 3 2:52 Tulsa Trey Watts 26 pass to Thomas Roberson (Schwarz PAT) 27-26
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