Although along with the 38-31 victory in the season opener against Tulane has to be the fact that Tulsa went to double overtime with Tulane, which won just 11 games in a four-year span prior to last season.
The Golden Hurricane in a resurgence of its past history and appears ready to live and die on the arm of sophomore quarterback Dane Evans, who attempted 53 passes in the season-opening victory against Tulane.
“Dane’s going to have to prove it again and again and again and again. That’s part of being a quarterback,” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said after the team’s victory.” But if we can throw it, we’ll get people out of the box, and if we throw it consistently, it will make running the ball a little easier.”
But hidden in the stat line was that Tulane stacked the box against Tulsa, forcing the Golden Hurricane to the air. Evans seemed more than comfortable. He totaled 438 yards and threw four touchdowns.
As far as Tulsa is concerned, Oklahoma could see more of the same tactic it faced against Louisiana Tech – a spread out attack. It’ll likely be a bit more potent as the Sooners prepare with one more opponent – although slightly tougher – before Tennessee and the Big 12 Conference schedule in the coming weeks.
Tulane was able to gash Tulsa for 254 yards on the ground, something Oklahoma could take note of with three talented ball carriers in its own backfield.
“We have guys who have that potential to become complete backs,” Sooners’ offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “They run physical through the hole. They have the speed to get out in the open field, and they’re a big part of our offense.”