TU drops second-straight, falls at home to New Mexico
Tulsa dropped a 16-13 decision against New Mexico as the Lobos’ Jason Sanders knocked through a 53-yard field goal for the victory as time expired in front of 18,026 fans Saturday afternoon at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
It was the second consecutive week that Tulsa lost on a last-second field goal.
The Lobos controlled possession time for 42:41 of the game. Tulsa had only nine offensive possessions for just over 17 minutes.
Tulsa’s defense came up with some big plays and stops in the game, but the Hurricane could not capitalize. Tulsa forced two fumbles and an interception, but could only manage 6 points off of two field goals.
D’Angelo Brewer had his 12th career 100+ yard rushing game with 131 yards on 16 carries for an 8.2 average per attempt. The Hurricane gained 286 yards on 58 plays, while New Mexico had 446 yards on 73 plays.
New Mexico took the game’s opening kickoff 79 yards in 6 plays as quarterback Coltin Gerhart raced the final 19 yards for a 7-0 Lobo lead. It was on Tulsa’s second possession that the Hurricane got on the board for its first time with a career-long 50-yard field goal by Redford Jones, making the score 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The teams exchanged scores within the first three minutes of the second quarter to make it a tie game, as UNM knocked through a 34-yard field goal and Tulsa’s D’Angelo Brewer ran the final four yards of a 75-yard touchdown drive.
The Lobos added another field goal in the second quarter and took a 13-10 lead into the half.
It wasn’t until the 4th quarter, at the 14:53 mark, that the first second-half points were scored when Tulsa’s Jones converted a 26-yard field goal, capping a 12-play, 84-yard drive. Tulsa’s scoring drive came after its defense stopped the Lobos near the goal line when Diamon Cannon recovered a fumble on New Mexico’s 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line.
With the Lobos driving in the fourth quarter, Tulsa intercepted a Lobo pass with 11:36 left on the clock but was forced to punt. On UNM’s next possession, Petera Wilson Jr. and McKinley Whitfield stopped the Lobo quarterback on 4th-and-one from the Tulsa 31, giving the ball back to the Tulsa offense.
However, UNM intercepted a Chad President pass at their own 42-yard line, and went 22 yards in nine plays to set up Sanders’ 53-yard game-winning field goal.
A CLOSER LOOK AT TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS
TULSA SCORES 1ST TOUCHDOWN WITH 1:08 DRIVE
The Hurricane offense got on track in the second quarter when Chad President led Tulsa to a 5-play, 75-yard scoring drive in just 1:08. Tulsa’s D’Angelo Brewer ran the final 4 yards for the touchdown. Before that, the Hurricane offense gained just 44 yards on 14 plays on their previous two possessions.
In the first half Tulsa came into the game gaining an average of 282 yards per game on an average of 46 plays, but in the first half today Tulsa ran only 32 plays for 161 total yards. Tulsa had possession of the ball for only 8:45 of the first half, while New Mexico had the ball for 21:15 of the 30 minutes.
BREWER GETS NUMBER 12
D’Angelo’s Brewer 45-yard run in the third quarter put him over the 100-yard mark for the game, giving him his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 12th of his career. He finished the game with 131 yards.
TULSA DEFENSE COMES UP WITH BIG PLAYS
The Tulsa defense came up with some big stops against New Mexico, but the Hurricane couldn’t capitalize. Tulsa recovered a fumble in the 1st quarter that resulted in 3 points, recovered another fumble in the 3rd quarter at the Tulsa 7-yard line and had to settle for another field goal and intercepted a pass in the 4th period, but got no points out of it.
REDFORD GETS CAREER-LONG
Redford Jones kicked his 42nd and 43rd field goals of his career, but his first of the game went the farthest than ever before for the senior. He knocked through a career-long 50-yard field, goal bettering his previous best by four yards.
UNM111:32Coltin Gerhart 19 run (Sanders kick)0-7
Tulsa17:45Redford Jones 50 FG3-7
UNM213:57Jason Sanders 34 FG3-10
Tulsa212:49D’Angelo Brewer 4 run (Jones kick)10-10
UNM28:08Jason Sanders 39 FG10-13
Tulsa414:53Redofrd Jones 26 FG13-13
UNM40:00Jason Sanders 53 FG13-16