TULSA POSTGAME NOTES VS. RICE
Oct. 5, 2013
True freshman safety Will Barrow made his first career start.
At the 10:05 mark of the first quarter, Rice scored on its opening drive with a four-yard run by Jeremy Eddington. It was the second time this season that Tulsa's opponent has scored on the opening drive. The other occurrence was against Oklahoma (September 14, 2013).
At the 7:11 mark of the first quarter, junior defensive end Chris Hummingbird recorded his first career pass breakup on an attempt by Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue.
At the 7:13 mark of the first quarter, Tulsa scored on its opening drive for the first time this season on a 33-yard field goal by junior placekicker Carl Salazar.
At the 3:40 mark of the first quarter, senior running back Trey Watts surpassed the 5,000-yard career all-purpose yards mark on an 18-yard rushing touchdown. He became the 12th player in Conference USA to accomplish that feat.
On that same play, Watts surpassed the 2,500-yard career rushing yards mark. He became the sixth player in Tulsa history to accomplish that feat.
At the 1:10 mark of the first quarter, sophomore safety Michael Mudoh recorded his first career tackle for loss on an assisted tackle of Rice running back Turner Peterson that resulted in a four-yard loss.
At the 11:52 mark of the second quarter, senior linebacker DeWitt Jennings recorded his first sack of the season and third for his career.
At the 4:54 mark of the second quarter, Jennings recorded his second sack of the game, second of the season and fourth for his career. It was also his second career two-sack game. The other occurrence was against Nicholls State last season (September 15, 2012).
At the 2:38 mark of the second quarter, sophomore defensive end Derrick Alexander recorded his second sack of the season and fifth for his career. Alexander also recorded his first forced fumble.
On that same play, Shawn Jackson recorded his first fumble recovery of the season and fourth for his career.
At the 10:34 mark of the third quarter, junior defensive end Brentom Todd and true freshman defensive end Dalton Rodriguez combined for a sack. It was Todd's second of the season and fifth for his career, and Rodriguez' second of the season and second for his career.
At the 6:18 mark of the fourth quarter, redshirt freshman defensive back Darnell Walker Jr., recorded his first career interception and returned it for five yards.
At the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter, Trey Watts scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a one-yard rush. It was his fourth of the season and 11th for his career. Watts' previous season high for rushing touchdowns was three during both the 2012 and 2011 seasons.
At the 1:07 mark of the fourth quarter, Carl Salazar kicked his third field goal of the game and eighth consecutive of the season since missing his first two against Bowling Green during the opening game.
At the end of regulation, Tulsa had held Rice to zero points in the second half. It marked the first in the 2013 season that Tulsa had held an opponent to zero points in a half.
In the first overtime, Carl Salazar kicked his fourth field goal of the game. It was Salazar's second game this season with three field goals or more. The other occurrence was when Salazar kicked three field goals in three attempts against Colorado State (September 7, 2013). He has now made nine consecutive field goals.
Tulsa is now 3-2 in overtime games at home and 4-4 overall. Both of Tulsa's home overtime losses have come against Rice.
Tulsa finished the game with 222 rushing yards. That total is the most in a game this season and surpassed the 215 rushing yards against Colorado State (September 7, 2013).
Trey Watts finished with a career best 165 yards on 34 carries. His previous best was 159 yards against Oklahoma State (September 17, 2011). It was Watts' eighth career game with at least 100 rushing yards and the most rushing yards by a Tulsa player since Ja'Terian Douglas rushed for 169 yards against Rice last season (October 20, 2012). Trey Watts now has 2,609 career rushing yards and is fourth on Tulsa's all-time chart. He surpassed Uril Parrish (2,465/2002-05), Solomon White (2,553/1993-96) and Howard Waugh (2,596/1950-52).
Watts had 190 all-purpose yards for the game and now has 5,129 for his career. He moved past UCF running back Kevin Smith (5,123/2005-07) for 11th on the C-USA all-time chart.
Senior running back Ja'Terian Douglas rushed 33 yards for the game and now has 2,296 career rushing yards. He surpassed Ken Lacy (2,272/1979-82) for eighth on Tulsa's all-time rushing chart.
Shawn Jackson recorded eight tackles for the game and now has 324 career tackles. He surpassed Dennis Byrd (321/1985-88) to move into 11th place on Tulsa's all-time tackles chart.
DeWitt Jennings recorded a career-best 12 tackles for the game. His previous high was 10 tackles against Rice as a freshman (November 6, 2010).
True freshman receiver Keevan Lucas caught a career high six passes for a career high 80 yards. His previous totals were four catches for 32 yards.
Tulsa's lost its second consecutive home game for the first time since 2009 when the Golden Hurricane lost back-to-back contests against #5 Boise State (October 14, 2009) and SMU (October 31, 2009).
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