Bill Blankenship's Golden Hurricane needed a win in their season-opener Thursday night against Tulane to put to bed a disappointing 3-9 record from a year ago. They got that with an exciting 38-31 come from behind win in double overtime.
Tulsa fell behind 14-0 before they finally got on the board in the second. TU quarterback Dane Evans connected with Keevan Lucas on a 43 yard touchdown toss and the lead was cut to seven.
Tulane got a big night from freshman running back Sherman Badie. He rushed for 215 yards on 15 carries including a 90 yard touchdown run to put the Wave back up 21-7.
But right before the half, Evans and Lucas hooked up for a long play of their own. Lucas scored on an 84 yard catch and run to make it 21-14 Tulane at the break.
After missing two field goals in the first half, Tulsa kicker Carl Salazar made two in the second to make it a one point game 21-20 Tulane.
The visitors stretch their lead out again on another big play. Lee found Xavier Rush on a 60-yard touchdown and the Green Wave was up eight.
Tulsa continued to fight and tied it up on a third Evans to Lucas connection. The two point conversion was good and the game went to OT tied at 28. Both teams made field goals in the first overtime.
In the second, the Golden Hurricane struck first. Evans hits Conner Floyd who makes a nice move and scores from eight yards out. Demarco Nelson sealed the deal for TU when he intercepted Tulane QB Tanner Lee in the endzone. Tulsa wins 38-31.
Dane Evans ended up with 438 yards on 31-58 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Keevan Lucas caught 13 passes for a career-high 233 yards and three touchdowns.
The Golden Hurricane are 1-0 and open the season and conference play with a win. They'll host No. 4 Oklahoma a week from Saturday at Chapman Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.