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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa football team fell to Iowa State by a score of 38-21 Thursday evening in front of 20,137 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

The Golden Hurricane (1-3) scored twice in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead, but 24 unanswered points and a 31-14 lead by the Cyclones (1-2) proved to be too much for TU to overcome in the fourth quarter.

TU quarterback Cody Green finished 18-for-31 for 237 passing yards and two touchdowns. Junior receiver Thomas Roberson was the recipient of both touchdown passes in his first game action of the season. He missed the first three contests with an injury, but received his first start Thursday and finished with six catches for 63 yards.

Roberson's first score gave the Golden Hurricane a 14-7 lead with 1:33 left in the second quarter. He jumped over his defender and stole the ball from behind to come down in the back of the end zone to complete the 9-yard pass. It was Tulsa's only lead of the game.

Green's second scoring connection with Roberson came with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter, and pulled the Hurricane within 31-21. From the 21 yardline, Green launched a high-arching throw and Roberson pulled it down near the east sideline.

Senior running back Trey Watts totaled 150 all-purpose yards - including 38 rushing, 69 receiving and 43 return yards - and a touchdown. Senior receiver Jordan James led the Golden Hurricane with eight catches for 86 yards. TU totaled 374 yards, including 86 rushing and 288 passing.

Senior linebacker Shawn Jackson led TU with 14 tackles, and picked off his first pass of the season. Sophomore safety Michael Mudoh and redshirt freshman cornerback Darnell Walker Jr. each tallied nine tackles.

The Cyclones gained 434 yards of total offense - 255 passing and 179 rushing. ISU Quarterback Sam Richardson was 26-of-41 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Wimberly gained 137 rushing yards, while Jeff Woody punched in three rushing touchdowns and totaled 12 rushing yards.

Iowa State struck first with an 89-yard drive on its second possession of the game. The drive took 13 plays, capped by a one-yard run by Jeff Woody.

Tulsa lost two fumbles in the first half, but the Hurricane defense picked up an interception, and stopped the Cyclones three times. Iowa State missed field goals the first two of those possessions and punted on the third one.

The Golden Hurricane followed the second missed field goal with its first of two quick touchdown possessions. The initial drive went 69 yards in eight plays. Green connected with Jordan James for 23 yards, Watts for 23 yards and James again for a 22-yard gain to the 1 yard line. Watts punched it in on the next play to tie the score at seven apiece.

The defense forced a punt on the next ISU possession, and went 61 yards in five plays. Green found Ja'Terian Douglas on a short route and he raced 40 yards to the Iowa State 21 yard line. Two plays later, Green found Thomas Roberson in the back of the end zone for six as TU took a 14-7 lead.

Iowa State closed the half with a touchdown drive to knot the score at 14-14 as the teams headed into the locker room. Richardson tossed a 10-yard pass to Jarvis West.

The Cyclones recovered a Tulsa fumble at the TU 28 and scored in four plays to take a 21-14 lead. Richardson completed a 16-yard pass to E.J. Bibbs for the score.

TU redshirt freshman Dane Evans and Green shared quarterback duties in the second half. Evans entered the game for Tulsa's third possession of the second period, and on three drives, he completed 8-of-18 passes for 51 yards.

Iowa State scored its third straight unanswered touchdown with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Woody ran in from the 1 to make the score 28-14.

The Cyclones added a field goal by Cole Netten with 10:58 remaining to push the lead to 31-14. ISU intercepted Green with 3:44 left, and Woody scored six plays later to extend the lead to 38-21.

Tulsa is back in action next Saturday, Oct. 5, when it plays host to Rice at 2:30 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The contest is the Conference USA opener for the Golden Hurricane.

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 Donald W. Reynolds Center Ticket Office.

Qtr.	Time	Team	Play		                                        Score
1	6:31	ISU	Jeff Woody 1 run (Cole Netten PAT)		        0-7
2	4:58	Tulsa	Trey Watts 1 run (Carl Salazar PAT)		        7-7
2	1:33	Tulsa	Thomas Roberson 9 pass from Cody Green (Salazar PAT)	14-7
2	0:15	ISU	Jarvis West 10 pass from Sam Richardson (Netten PAT)	14-14
3	12:36	ISU	E.J. Bibbs 16 pass from Sam Richardson (Netten PAT)	14-21
3	3:16	ISU	Jeff Woody 1 run (Netten PAT)		                14-28
4	10:58	ISU	Cole Netten 40 FG		                        14-31
4	8:16	Tulsa	Thomas Roberson 21 pass from Cody Green (Salazar PAT)	21-31
4	1:48	ISU	Jeff Woody 3 run (Netten PAT)		                21-38