The potent offense is still there for Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane is averaging more than 43 points through the first two games of season. The suspect defense hasn’t change either with Tulsa having allowed 65 combined points to Florida Atlantic and New Mexico.
But this is a bit of a different Tulsa team.
First of all, the Golden Hurricane is 2-0 to start the season, having already matched the win total from last season and resting just one win away from tying its three-win season in 2013.
The major difference is on the field – although the offensive attack coming to Norman this weekend will look familiar.
With former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery at the helm in Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane looks like the Baylor Bears Part Duex – only with a little less athleticism and less overall team speed.
Montgomery knows how big of a game this weekend could be for Tulsa (2-0).
“We have to build ourselves back up,” Montgomery said after Tulsa’s win against New Mexico. “Anytime coming off an emotional road win like we had, trying to keep that type of energy and that type of focus is always a tough deal. That has to be our main focus, and we have another tough game ahead of us.”
Tulsa hasn’t beaten Oklahoma since 1996 and has won just won game in the series since World War II. Things haven’t changed quickly enough for the Golden Hurricane to really pose any major threat of handing No. 16 Oklahoma its first loss of the season, though.
With second-year starting quarterback Dane Evans leading the offense, the Hurricane surpassed 600 yards for the second week in a row against New Mexico – rushing for 279 yards and gaining 321 yards in the air. Evans completed just 16 passes, an average of more than 20 yards per reception.
The Golden Hurricane clearly is willing to attack downfield, which will provide another good test for a secondary that was shaky last season but has been stout through two games this year.
“We have to keep having games where we don’t turn the ball over, that’s key no matter who you’re playing,” Evans said to the media after Saturday’s victory. “We missed a couple deep shots tonight, which is going to happen, but in a perfect world you don’t want to miss any of those.”