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Tulsa snaps four-game slide, trounces Houston on homecoming

The Golden Hurricane outscored Houston 45-7 after falling behind 10-0, and snap their four-game losing streak. (KTUL)

It was a Homecoming to remember for Tulsa as the Golden Hurricane, as they scored 38 second-half points en route to a 45-17 victory over the Houston Cougars. 19,198 fans witnessed the win inside of H.A. Chapman Stadium.

“This was a full, all three phases type game for us, and this is the first time, in my opinion, we've put it together like that this year,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. And, what a complete game it was for the Hurricane.

Three Tulsa defensive takeaways led to 21 points, the Hurricane offense scored on all six possessions in the second half and the special teams kept the Cougars’ kicking game in check. The Hurricane totaled 416 yards to Houston’s 404, including 288 yards on the ground and 128 yards passing.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Tulsa scored 38 points in the final two quarters and after being held to just 93 first-half yards, gained 323 second-half yards.

Two key interceptions put the Tulsa offense at the Houston 1-yard line that led to Tulsa’s only touchdown in the first half, and a second pick-off put the Hurricane at the UH 6-yard line, which also led to seven points and the first Tulsa lead of the game.

D’Angelo Brewer had a game-high 140 yards, while fellow running back Shamari Brooks added 111 yards and also had one TD. Luke Skipper completed 9-of-18 passes for 128 yards, as one of those completions to Keenen Johnson went 70 yards for a touchdown to give Tulsa a 31-17 lead with 9:53 left in the game.

McKinley Whitfield’s interception led to Tulsa’s first seven points, and Keidrien Wadley’s interception return led to a touchdown and a 17-10 Hurricane lead at the 2:48 mark of the third period.

Tulsa managed just 93 yards on 30 plays for just 3.1 yards per play in the first half, but the Golden Hurricane responded after the halftime break, scoring 38 second-half points.

“This was a full, all three phases type game for us, and this is the first time, in my opinion, we've put it together like that this year,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. And, what a complete game it was for the Hurricane.

Three Tulsa defensive takeaways led to 21 points, the Hurricane offense scored on all six possessions in the second half and the special teams kept the Cougars’ kicking game in check. The Hurricane totaled 416 yards to Houston’s 404, including 288 yards on the ground and 128 yards passing.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Tulsa scored 38 points in the final two quarters and after being held to just 93 first-half yards, gained 323 second-half yards.

Two key interceptions put the Tulsa offense at the Houston 1-yard line that led to Tulsa’s only touchdown in the first half, and a second pick-off put the Hurricane at the UH 6-yard line, which also led to seven points and the first Tulsa lead of the game.

D’Angelo Brewer had a game-high 140 yards, while fellow running back Shamari Brooks added 111 yards and also had one TD. Luke Skipper completed 9-of-18 passes for 128 yards, as one of those completions to Keenen Johnson went 70 yards for a touchdown to give Tulsa a 31-17 lead with 9:53 left in the game.

McKinley Whitfield’s interception led to Tulsa’s first seven points, and Keidrien Wadley’s interception return led to a touchdown and a 17-10 Hurricane lead at the 2:48 mark of the third period.

Tulsa managed just 93 yards on 30 plays for just 3.1 yards per play in the first half, but came out after halftime and went 93 yards in its first second-half possession along to tie the score at 10 on a 23-yard Redford Jones field goal.

The Hurricane added 35 points in the remaining 18:51 of the game for the victory, and moved to 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in American Athletic Conference play. Houston fell to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.

A CLOSER LOOK AT TODAY’S GAME

TWO NEW STARTERS … First-time starters for the Hurricane against Houston was red-shirt freshman quarterback Luke Skipper and sophomore safety Christian Williams … Williams was starting in place of injured Manny Bunch.

MCKINLEY PICK-OFF SETS UP TULSA SCORE … Safety McKinley Whitfield had his second career interception and first this season when he intercepted a 2nd quarter Houston pass and went 51 yards to the Houston one-yard line … the interception set-up Tulsa’s first touchdown to make the score 10-7 … Whitfield ended the game with 10 tackles, 3 pass breakups and the one interception.

WADLEY ADDS ONE TOO… In the second half, Keidrien Wadley’s interception in the 3rd quarter at the 50-yard line was returned to the Houston 13-yard line … Wadley picked off the pass after teammate Diamon Cannon tipped it in the air … two plays into Tulsa’s offensive possession Chad President ran in for a 2-yard touchdown.

TULSA SCORES 99 YARDS AWAY … Tulsa started its first second-half possession from their own 1-yard line … the Hurricane held on to the ball in an elapsed time of 7:30 for a season-most 20 plays and went 93 yards … Tulsa got to the Houston 1-yard line but a holding penalty moved Tulsa back to the 11-yard line … the Hurricane had to settle for a 23-yard Redford Jones field goal.

93-YARD DRIVE MATCHES FIRST HALF YARDS … Tulsa’s 93-yard drive on their first second-half possession matched its entire total first-half yards of 93 yards on 30 plays … Tulsa marched the 93 yards in 20 plays to tie the score at 10-10.

SKIPPER TO JOHNSON … In the last two games, Luke Skipper has thrown two passes for 70+ yards, and on the receiving end of both of those receptions has been another second-year player, true sophomore Keenen Johnson … today the two hooked up on a 70-yard TD pass, while last week the had a team season-long 74-yard connection.

BREWER GOES OVER 100 AGAIN … D’Angelo Brewer rushed for his 13th career 100-yard game today and his 4th this season … with 13 100-yard games rushing he now has the third-most 100-yard rushing games in school history behind 16 by Micheal Gunter (1980-83) and Tarrion Adams (2005-08) and 15 by Trey Watts (2010-13) … Brewer finished the game with 140 rushing yards.

JONES GETTING CLOSER … Tulsa place-kicker Redford Jones is now just 10 points shy of tying Kevin Fitzpatrick (2008-11) as the school’s all-time scoring leader … Jones scored 9 points in the game and now has 289 career points, trailing the school record of 299 career points.

PRESIDENT PUTS HIS STAMP ON THE GAME … Chad President, who started the first 6 games at quarterback for Tulsa this year, was in a reserve role today … President scored two TDs on runs of 1 and 2 yards … his first score gave Tulsa its first points of the game, and his second run gave Tulsa a 17-10 lead after the PAT … he ended the game with 32 yards on 5 carries … under the 7-minute mark, President had a big 21-yard gain on 3rd-and-9 to keep a Hurricane drive alive that led to a TD and a 38-17 lead.

Scoring Summary

UH 1 0:49 Caden Novikoff 26 FG 0-3

UH 2 11:58 Duke Catalon (Novikoff kick) 0-10

Tulsa 2 4:34 Chad President 1 run (Jones kick) 7-10

Tulsa 3 3:51 Redford Jones 23 FG 10-10

Tulsa 3 2:48 Chad President 2 run (Jones kick) 17-10

Tulsa 3 0:00 D’Angelo Brewer 46 run (Jones kick) 24-10

UH 4 11:32 Dillon Birden 24 run (Novikoff kick) 24-17

Tulsa 4 9:52 Keenen Johnson 70 pass from Luke Skipper (Jones kick) 31-17

Tulsa 4 0:35 Shamari Brooks 5 run (Jones kick) 38-17

Tulsa 4 0:24 Petera Wilson 3 fumble recovery (Jones kick) 45-17



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