“When you look at this game, it felt like we started fast and finished fast,” coach Tony Levine said. “Throughout the course of the game we had some momentum swings and Tulsa made some plays along the way to get the ball in the end zone – and that kept the game close.”
The Cougars took an early 7-0 lead, as Kenneth Farrow scored the first points of the game with a one-yard rush into the end zone.
Farrow scored his second touchdown of the game with a one-yard rush up the middle, taking it to a 14-0 lead just before the end of the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, Carl Salazar had a missed 44-yard field goal attempt. Then with 04:36 left in the first half, Dane Evans scored the first Tulsa points of the game with a three-yard run into the end zone.
With 06:53 left in the third quarter, Zack Langer had a 2-yard rush into end zone for another Tulsa touchdown that tied up the game, 14-14.
Houston took back the lead as Farrow scored his third touchdown of the game with a 45-yard rush into the end zone. Farrow’s 45-yard touchdown rush, is the second longest touchdown rush of the 2014 season.
On the next Tulsa possession, Evans completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Keyarris Garrett to tie up the game for the second time, 21-21.
The Cougars responded with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ward Jr. to Markeith Ambles, taking it to a 28-21 Houston lead.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Evans threw his first interception of the game, caught by Howard Wilson.
Following the turnover, the Cougars found themselves in field goal range for a 30-yard attempt by Bullard. Bullard’s kick attempt was blocked by DeMarco Nelson and recovered by Michael Mudoh and returned for two yards to the Tulsa 23-yard line.
With 07:10 left on the clock, Evans connected with Zach Epps for a one-yard touchdown pass to tie up the game for the third time, 28-28.
On the next Houston possession, Farrow rushed for two yards into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the game. With 03:06 left in the game, the Cougars established a 35-28 lead.
Farrow led the Cougars with 116 rushing yards, and marked his first career game with four touchdowns.
With less than two minutes left on the clock, Evans threw his second pick of the game, intercepted by Adrian McDonald and returned for 26 yards.
Houston capitalized on the turnover by getting into field goal range for a successful 35-yard attempt by Bullard.
Trevon Stewart sealed the victory for the Cougars as he intercepted Evans’ final pass of the game.
Senior Efrem Oliphant recorded a season high of 16 tackles against Tulsa.
“It’s a great feeling, especially to be home. I'm just thankful for my teammates who went out and gave their all for us seniors who are leaving this stadium,” Oliphant said. “It means a lot to get the win and I am grateful.”