Achievements Before Dreams

Dreams are nice but all goals are built step by step. One game at a time. Boring but necessary. The next step for Boise State is coming out of Tulsa with a win Wednesday night. The Broncos take on the exciting Golden Hurricanes in a nationally-televised contest in game #6.

As the Broncos travel to Tulsa , Oklahoma for what could be their toughest road game of the season and a speed bump in their route to BCS Bustin', let's take a closer look at the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes...

 

Tulsa was of course part of the Western Athletic Conference before joining Conference USA in 2005.  The Broncos are 4-0 all-time against the Golden Hurricanes, with the last meeting being a close 45-42 victory in 2004.  However, things have changed in the past years as Tulsa continues to strive for success while building its program.

 

Tulsa is currently sitting atop the Conference USA standings with a 2-0 conference record (4-1 overall) with their only loss coming from the Oklahoma Sooners.  They are led by third-year coach Todd Graham who is 21-7 with the Golden Hurricanes and 28-13 overall.  Graham built one of the best defensive units in the C-USA and nation as defensive coordinator before taking on his successful stint as head coach.  In just two years, he has lead the team to two C- USA division titles, two appearances in the C-USA Championship Game, and two straight appearances in the GMAC Bowl. 

 

 

Tulsa 2009 Season Results (prior to Boise State ):

 

September 4

at Tulane 

W 37-13

1-0 (1-0)

September 12

at New Mexico 

W 44-10

2-0 (1-0)

September 19

at No. 12 Oklahoma 

L 45-0

2-1 (1-0)

September 26

Sam Houston State 

W 56-3

3-1 (1-0)

October 3

at Rice 

W 27-10

4-1 (2-0)

 

Tulsa 2009 Remaining Schedule (after Boise State ):

 

October 21

at UTEP 

8:00 PM  ET  

Tickets

October 31

Southern Methodist 

2:00 PM  ET  

Tickets

November 7

Houston 

7:30 PM  ET  

Tickets

November 15

East Carolina 

8:15 PM  ET  

Tickets

November 21

at Southern Miss 

7:00 PM  ET  

Tickets

November 27

Memphis 

3:30 PM  ET  

Tickets

 

Tulsa Players to Watch:

  • Sophomore quarterback G.J. Kinne.  The University of Texas transfer not only leads the team in passing with 1,142 yards, 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions, but also in rushing attempts (58), rushing yards (300), and rushing touchdowns (2).  
  • The entire Golden Hurricane defense.  Not only does the defense lead C-USA, but they continue to get better every week. 

 

Tulsa 's Gem State Connection:

  • Jacob Bower, a Junior QB from Meridian , is currently active on the Tulsa roster.
  • Tulsa played in the 2004 H-Bowl in Boise , taking a 10-52 whomping from Georgia Tech. 

 

Golden Hurricane Stadium Info:

  • Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium is located on historic Route 66 in Tulsa , Oklahoma and currently seats 30,000 people.  The stadium was originally built 79 years ago, hosting its first game to Arkansas on Oct. 30, 19 30 .  The stadium, renovated at the end of the 2007 season, is the smallest stadium in the C-USA and its playing grounds are surfaced with FieldTurf.  

 

Tulsa Coach Todd Graham on Boise State :

(Courtesy of www.tulsahurricane.com)

 

"They're very explosive on offense. Their quarterback, Kellen Moore, makes everything work. Defensively, the difference from playing them in 2003 and 2004 to now is that they're much faster and have more skill players. They dominated Oregon . They have a very good defensive football team as well."

 

How big a game is the Boise State game going to be and how much do you need fans to support you?

It's going to be big and we're going to need them out here. There needs to be a very loud and adverse place for Boise to come to. We've guarded our field very well in the last two-plus years that I've been here. We're 12-2 out here. We're going to need a great home field advantage and that's one of the things I'm excited about. They've going to have to come here and play. It's the highest-ranked team that we've played since I've been associated with the program. It's the biggest game that we've played.

 

How good is this team?

They're very good. They're very explosive on offense. Their quarterback makes everything work. He's a tremendous operator. He operates very well in the pocket and manages the offense very well. He does a lot of checks and things like that. They also move him out of the pocket. He can run with the football as well. (Jeremy) Avery, the tailback is very fast and explosive. He's as good a back as we've played against and I'd rank him up there with (Demarco) Murray from OU. The wide receivers are very good skill players. The key is to get lined up. They're very multiple in what they do on offense. We can't give up cheap touchdowns.

We have to stop the run first. Special teams wise, we have to be alert. They're wide open on special teams. That's probably the single-most important thing for us, to win the special teams battle.

Their defense ... the difference from playing them in 2003 and 2004 to now is that they're much faster, have more skill players and their defense is much improved. They dominated Oregon and are athletic in the back end. They have a very good defensive football team.

I look at their personnel and I see similar teams. Our teams are similar in our approaches. They're elusive and multiple on offense. They play extremely hard on defense and are very good against the run. It's going to be a heck of a battle.

 

Can you speak of your relationship with Coach Petersen? A couple of summers ago, he spent time visiting your coaching staff.

We know each other. I have a lot of respect for him. He came and brought his staff down. We didn't realize that we'd be playing each other. We exchanged some ideas offensively. We have a mutual respect for each other. We have a lot of respect for what his program has done. We got to spend a little bit of time with them and talk a little football. They have similar philosophies as us and that was the attraction.

 

Can you talk about what Boise State has done for the non- BCS schools?

What they've done has been remarkable. It gives a target for everyone else to shoot for. We're trying to do the same for our program. I think they've opened the door for that discussion. You see that the games this year and the success that Houston's had against the BCS teams, it gives more validity that teams like Boise State, Utah, BYU and teams in our league like Tulsa, Houston and East Carolina should have opportunities for access to the BCS . I think they've been the catalyst in that.

I've watched what they've done. You see what Boise State has done. Coach Petersen and Coach (Dan) Hawkins didn't try to make Boise State into a UCLA or a USC. They went about it in a unique way. Boise State is a unique place. They've marketed themselves in a way ... they have the blue turf. That draws attention to them. It's a very difficult place to go in and play.

What you've seen over the course of the last seven years is success on the football field. There's no way around that. You have to have success on the football field. You can package anything anyway you want to, but it boils down to winning games. What they've been able to do is be very unique. They have a unique offensive system, they're very unique on defense and they have unique special teams.

They've not tried to mimic anyone and have blazed their own trail. It's something that I've looked at and studied a lot and tried to pattern our program. It's not after Boise 's, but from that same philosophy of being a program that's unique in how we approach things. The plan is to get better and better personnel and to do that you have to have something that sets you apart from everyone else.

 

This is a challenging month for you, can you talk about that?

I'm really excited. I don't know if there's been any other time in my time in Tulsa that we've been sitting in a position to opportunities with this kind of schedule. I said at the first of the year that there's going to be three conference champions on the schedule and seven bowl teams. There are six bowl teams left out of the last eight games. We're going to play a top-five team in the nation ( Boise State ) and by the time we play Houston , they can be a top-five team in the nation. Southern Miss could be in the top-25.

 

We have a tremendous challenge ahead of us, but it's an exciting time. What a great opportunity that we have. We just have to keep getting better and chipping away at it. We're going to lay low and keep working, keep plugging at it and trying to get better.

The key for us is we have to get better at the offensive line and get better at that. We have good players to work with. We just have to get that continuity going and not give up big plays on defense.

 

We're going to be in the national spotlight. We have eight regular season games left and you couldn't ask for a better situation. I divide the season up in fours. We've had our first four games. These next four games, no question, will decide what kind of season we're going to have. They're very challenging. We're going on the road to Rice and UTEP. Our first three conference games are on the road. If you can be successful in those two games, you only have one left away. The rest are all coming here. That's what I'm excited about. We're going to have a great opportunity to play some great football teams down the stretch and they're going to be here for our fans to see. We're excited about the opportunity and, again, its one week at a time. I know that's a cliché, but we have to get better.

 

We've beat three teams we should have beat and we played poorly in a game that we should have played a lot better in. That's where we're at right now. We have a good football team and we still have a great belief in what we're doing.  We have eight ball games and look at the home schedule our fans are going to have - Boise State, SMU , Houston, East Carolina and Memphis. That's going to be some pretty exciting games and two of them, we're going to play nationally ranked teams and have some great opportunities down the stretch.

 

Tulsa 2009 Combined Team Stats (as of Oct. 3):

 

RECORD:                OVERALL      HOME        AWAY       NEUTRAL

ALL GAMES...........   ( 4-1-0 )     (1-0-0)     ( 3-1-0 )     (0-0-0)

CONFERENCE..........   (2-0-0)     (0-0-0)     (2-0-0)     (0-0-0)

NON-CONFERENCE......   ( 2-1-0 )     (1-0-0)     ( 1-1-0 )     (0-0-0)

 

 

 DATE            OPPONENT                 W/L    SCORE  ATTEND

 ------------    ------------------------ ---    -----  ------

* Sep 04, 2009 at Tulane                   W      37-13   27638

  Sep 12, 2009 at New Mexico               W      44-10   30051

  Sep 19, 2009 at #12 Oklahoma               L     0-45   84803

  Sep 26, 2009     SAM HOUSTON STATE         W      56-3    26048

* Oct 03, 2009 at Rice                     W      27-10   11420

 

TEAM STATISTICS                    TLS           OPP

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FIRST DOWNS..............          100           81

  Rushing................           46           33

  Passing................           51           38

  Penalty................            3           10

RUSHING YARDAGE..........          840          475

  Rushing Attempts.......          212          176

  Average Per Rush.......          4.0          2.7

  Average Per Game.......        168.0         95.0

  TD's Rushing............            9            0

PASSING YARDAGE..........         1231         1021

  Att-Comp-Int...........     144-89-2     163-86-6

  Average Per Pass.......          8.5          6.3

  Average Per Catch......         13.8         11.9

  Average Per Game.......        246.2        204.2

  TD's Passing............           11            8

TOTAL OFFENSE............         2071         1496

  Average Per Play.......          5.8          4.4

  Average Per Game.......        414.2        299.2

KICK RETURNS: #-Yards....       20-479       28-532

PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards....       12-198        12-72

INT RETURNS: #-Yards.....         6-78         2-18

FUMBLES-LOST.............          7-5         13-5

PENALTIES-Yards..........       30-285       25-222

PUNTS-AVG................      27-39.8      31-42.5

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game..        30:26        29:34

3RD-DOWN Conversions.....        29/71        27/81

4TH-DOWN Conversions.....          2/6          2/8

 

RUSHING              GP  Att Gain Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long Avg/G

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Williams, Jamad       5   45  175    6  169   3.8   1   15  33.8

Kinne, G.J.           5   59  300  133  167   2.8   2   45  33.4

Opeseyitan, Charles   5   31  160    1  159   5.1   1   23  31.8

Carter, Willie        4   10   88    7   81   8.1   1   39  20.2

Johnson, Damaris      5   11   85    8   77   7.0   0   28  15.4

Clay, Charles         5   10   51    0   51   5.1   2   16  10.2

Beaver, Shavodrick    4   18   69   29   40   2.2   0   13  10.0

Bower, Jacob          4    6   38    1   37   6.2   1   14   9.2

Whitmore, A.J.        5    8   23    6   17   2.1   1    6   3.4

Fitzpatrick, Kevin    5    1   16    0   16  16.0   0   16   3.2

Skillens, Justin      4    1   12    0   12  12.0   0   12   3.0

Singleton, Alex       1    5   13    1   12   2.4   0    5  12.0

Sears, Clay           5    1    9    0    9   9.0   0    9   1.8

Johnson, Ricky        3    1    0    0    0   0.0   0    0   0.0

Johnson, Trae         5    1    0    0    0   0.0   0    0   0.0

TEAM                   3    4    0    7   -7  -1.8   0    0  -2.3

Total..........       5  212 1039   199  840   4.0   9   45 168.0

Opponents......       5  176  665  190  475   2.7   0   22  95.0

 

PASSING              GP   Effic Cmp-Att-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Lng Avg/G

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Kinne, G.J.           5  161.66  82-128-2    64.1 1142  10  63 228.4

Bower, Jacob          4  125.17   6-13-0     46.2   83   1  28  20.8

Beaver, Shavodrick    4   50.13    1-3-0     33.3    6   0   6   1.5

Total..........       5  156.04  89-144-2    61.8 1231  11  63 246.2

Opponents......       5  114.21  86-163-6    52.8 1021   8  68 204.2

 

RECEIVING            GP  No.  Yds   Avg  TD Long Avg/G

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Johnson, Damaris      5   20  369  18.5   1   63  73.8

Whitmore, A.J.        5   17  163   9.6   1   39  32.6

Clay, Charles         5   14  126   9.0   0   23  25.2

Shelley, Slick        5   12  214  17.8   3   45  42.8

Johnson, Trae         5   11  177  16.1   5   34  35.4

Williams, Jamad       5    5   36   7.2   1   21   7.2

Sears, Clay           5    4   58  14.5   0   31  11.6

Carter, Willie        4    3   17   5.7   0    8   4.2

Johnson, Ricky        3    1   33  33.0   0   33  11.0

Opeseyitan, Charles   5    1   32  32.0   0   32   6.4

Collums, Jake         5    1    6   6.0   0    6   1.2

Total..........       5   89 1231  13.8  11   63 246.2

Opponents......       5   86 1021  11.9   8   68 204.2

 

FIELD GOALS     FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg Blk

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FITZPATRICK, K.   6-7   85.7  0-0   4-4   2-2   0-0   0-1  36   0

 

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SCORING               TD  FGs   Kick   Rush Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points

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Fitzpatrick, Kevin     0  6-7   20-21   0-0   0  0-0   0   0    38

Johnson, Trae          5  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    30

Shelley, Slick         3  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    18

Williams, Jamad        2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Kinne, G.J.            2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Clay, Charles          2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Whitmore, A.J.         2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Johnson, Damaris       2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Bower, Jacob           1  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0     6

Opeseyitan, Charles    1  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0     6

Carter, Willie         1  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0     6

Total..........       21  6-7   20-21   0-0   0  0-0   0   0   164

Opponents......        9  6-10   9-9    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    81

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS     1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Total

--------------------  ---  ---  ---  ---      ---

Tulsa ...............   45   37   47   35  -   164

Opponents...........   16   34   21   10  -    81

 

INTERCEPTIONS         No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Destin, John            3   50  16.7  0   32

Wilkins, Trent          1    0   0.0  0    0

Brown, DeAundre         1   10  10.0  0   10

Bryan, Mike             1   18  18.0  0   18

Total..........         6   78  13.0  0   32

Opponents......         2   18   9.0  0   15

 

PUNTING               No.  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd

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Such, Michael          22  950  43.2   56   4   5   5    0

Kinne, G.J.             4  125  31.2   41   1   0   2    0

TEAM                     1    0   0.0    0   0   0   0    1

Total..........        27 1075  39.8   56   5   5   7    1

Opponents......        31 1318  42.5   57   2   2   5    0

 

PUNT RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Johnson, Damaris       12  198  16.5  1   66

Total..........        12  198  16.5  1   66

Opponents......        12   72   6.0  0   32

 

KICK RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Johnson, Damaris       13  350  26.9  0   75

Kelley, Freeman         4  106  26.5  0   41

Black, Laquentin        3   23   7.7  0   10

Total..........        20  479  24.0  0   75

Opponents......        28  532  19.0  0   38

 

ALL PURPOSE           G Rush  Rec   PR  KOR   IR  Tot Avg/G

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Johnson, Damaris      5   77  369  198  350    0  994 198.8

Shelley, Slick        5    0  214    0    0    0  214  42.8

Williams, Jamad       5  169   36    0    0    0  205  41.0

Opeseyitan, Charles   5  159   32    0    0    0  191  38.2

Whitmore, A.J.        5   17  163    0    0    0  180  36.0

Total..........       5  840 1231   198  479   78 2826 565.2

Opponents......       5  475 1021   72  532   18 2118 423.6

 

TOTAL OFFENSE         G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G

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Kinne, G.J.           5   187  167 1142   1309 261.8

Williams, Jamad       5    45  169    0   169  33.8

Opeseyitan, Charles   5    31  159    0   159  31.8

Bower, Jacob          4    19   37   83   120  30.0

Carter, Willie        4    10   81    0    81  20.2

Total..........       5   356  840 1231   2071 414.2

Opponents......       5   339  475 1021   1496 299.2

 

 

                            |--------Tackles--------| |-Sacks-| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd

DEFENSIVE LEADERS        GP Solo  Ast Total   TFL/Yds   No-Yds  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf

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Brown, DeAundre        5   17   19    36   2.0-13   1.0-10     1-10     .   .    .      1    .   .

43 Bryan, Mike            5   17   16    33   6.5-18   1.5-9      1-18     1   .    .      1    .   .

40 Antle, Tanner          5   10   17    27   2.5-10   2.5-10      .       .   .    .      .    .   .

Lockett, James         5   17    8    25   4.5-25   2.5-19      .       2   .    .      1    .   .

18 Destin, John           5   17    3    20   1.0-1       .       3-50     3   .    .      .    .   .

   Total..........        5  204  156   360    43-163   15-91     6-78    12   2   5--7    9    1   .

   Opponents......        5  236  140   376    33-164   19-108    2-18    12  11   5-92    4    1   .



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