How it Happened
SMU traded punches with Tulsa early in the game and was leading 13-7 at one point. Then Tulsa’s Dane Evans took control of the game and led his team to 28 unanswered points to lead SMU 35-13 heading into the fourth quarter. SMU’s Matt Davis took over the fourth quarter and led SMU on two consecutive scoring drives to make it a one possession game. However, Tulsa managed to hold on and win it 38-28.
What it means
Tulsa ends its seven game losing streak and SMU remains winless in 2014. It also means that Davis showed enough in this loss to remain the starter, at least for another week. If not for his performance in the second half, SMU wouldn’t have been in the game.
SMU returns to the Hilltop in search of its first win of the season when it hosts USF on Homecoming weekend.
Jonathan Yenga was celebrated a big tackle in the fourth quarter, and was flagged for unsportsmanlike. The penalty took Yenga out of the game and kept Tulsa’s drive alive. The following play was a 39 yard rush with another personal foul against SMU at the end of it. This sequence essentially ended SMU’s comeback hopes.
Player of the Game
In the first start of his career, Matt Davis did just enough to keep SMU in the game until the very end. He finished the day with 181 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. In the air, he threw for 212 yards on 21of 32 passing, two interceptions and one touchdowns. He took over the game in the fourth quarter and made play after play with his legs. He had a fumble and an interception earlier in the game, but his play in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, certainly made up for it. Play of the game
Facing fourth and nine with a less than four minutes to play, Matt Davis scrambled for 11 yards to keep SMU’s hopes alive. He was tripped on the fourth down play, but kept his balance and picked up the run. Davis would run for a TD on the next play and then convert a two point conversion to make it a seven point game.