Tulsa gets first win of the season, defeats Louisiana 66-42
D'Angelo Brewer rushed for a career-high 262 yards in Tulsa's 66-42 victory over Louisiana (1-1) Saturday in front of 17,758 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium in what was an offensive display by both teams.
Tulsa evened its season record to 1-1 as Brewer turned in his second career 200+ rushing game for the fourth-best rushing performance in school history. Chad President, making his second career start at quarterback, completed 14-of-20 passes for 243 yards, while rushing and passing for his first career scores.
The Hurricane scored on six of its 7 possessions in the first half to take a 38-23 halftime lead. In the second half, Louisiana cut the Hurricane lead to 3 points, 38-35, scoring on their first two possessions.
With the score tied at 3-3, Brewer raced 50 yards for Tulsa's first touchdown of the game, but Louisiana knotted the score at 10-10 on a one-yard Jordan Davis run. President raced in from 5 yards out to give Tulsa a 17-10 lead before Louisiana responded to tie the score at 17.
Corey Taylor's 4-yard run put Tulsa ahead 24-17, but again the Ragin' Cajuns responded to make the score 24-23, after the PAT attempt failed.
President threw his first career touchdown pass on a 69-yard strike to Justin Hobbs, who finished the game with 103 yards on 5 receptions, to put Tulsa ahead 31-23 at the 1:35 mark of the first half. After the Tulsa defense shut down Louisiana on 4th-and-4 from the Tulsa 33-yard line, the Hurricane offense, after a 60-yard Brewer run, scored on a 1-yard Taylor run to make the score 38-23 with just 0:06 until intermission.
At the half, Tulsa gained 412 yards of total offense, while Louisiana had 299 yards. Brewer already had 174 yards in the fist 30 minutes, while President had 172 yards on 8-of-12 first-half passes.
The Ragin' Cajuns came out in the second half and scored the first two touchdowns to cut the Tulsa led to 3 points at 38-35. But, the Hurricane went on to score 24 points, compared to 7 for Louisiana, the rest of the way for the victory.
Tulsa's 66 points was the most since scoring an identical 66 points against Nicholls State on September 12, 2012. Tulsa finished the game with 667 total yards, while Louisiana had 596 yards.
Of all the yards and big plays that D'Angelo Brewer has made in his career, his first touchdown run this season was his longest run of his career when he raced 50 yards for his first touchdown of the season in the first quarter Brewer bettered that run with a 60-yarder to the Louisiana 3-yard line in the final minute of the first half that led to Tulsa going ahead 38-23 his previous long run was 48 yards against Virginia Tech in the 2016 Campaign World Independence Bowl.
EVEN AFTER ONE
At the end of the first quarter, the teams were even on the scoreboard at 10-10. Both teams scored their first points on field goals, and then on runs, Tulsa going 50 yards on a D'Angelo Brewer run and Louisiana QB Jordan Davis scoring on a one-yard run.
FIRST HALF SCORING
Tulsa scored on six of its seven first-half scoring drives, as the only drive in which Tulsa did not score was on a fumble after Tulsa had reached the Louisiana 40-yard line.
BREWER TURNS IN 4th BEST RUSHING PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
D'Angelo Brewer became just the fifth Tulsa player to rush for over 200 yards in a career, and just the 23rd time overall that Tulsa has had a 200-yard rusher Brewer's first 200+ rushing game came last year with 252 yards on 46 carries at Fresno State he finished this game with the 4th best rushing performance in school history with 262 yards.
INTERCEPTIONS TURN THE TIDE
On back-to-back Louisiana possessions in the second half, Tulsa sophomore defenders intercepted passes that stopped Ragin' Cajun drives Manny Bunch intercepted a pass at the Tulsa 5-yard line on the Cajuns' next possession, Cooper Edmiston intercepted a pass at the Tulsa 27-yard line, which led to a Tulsa touchdown and a 45-35 lead the INTs were the first for each of the two-year players.
600+ AND 400+
Tulsa totaled 667 total yards on 92 plays for the most yards in the Philip Montgomery era it marked the seventh time in the last three seasons that Tulsa ahs gone over 600 yards in total offense, and the 18th game Tulsa has gone over 500 yards in the Montgomery era the Hurricane gained 424 yards rushing on 72 carries, which was the most rushing yards for Tulsa since gaining 489 yards on 59 carries against Tulane in the 2008 season.
Senior placekicker Redford Jones came into the season with 239 points, and needing 60 points to tie for the school's all-time scoring record after 12 points today on one field goal and 9 PATS, he now is only 42 points shy of the school record 299 points.