Tulsa Hit Hard By #4 Oklahoma

The Golden Hurricane had a major test under the Friday night lights. Even with the loss against a national title contender, quality evaluations can be made.


The first possession began for the Hurricane with a defensive interception. The offensive possession ended with a Paul Smith 15 yard touchdown pass to Jesse Meyer. From then on the size, speed, and depth of the 4th ranked Oklahoma Sooners took over. Tulsa stayed consistent to its offensive game plan, but for every time the Hurricane scored, the Sooners scored twice. The first quarter ended 14-7. The halftime deficit 35-14.

With 9:00 minutes to go the Tulsa coaching staff replaced quarterback Paul Smith with David Johnson, obviously for reasons of preventing injury to Smith being down by 34 points at the time. On Oklahoma's next possession, they did the same substituting Joey Halzle for the starter Sam Bradford. The game seemingly closer than the 62-21 final score throughout the night, due to Tulsa's quick strike offense and the Sooners knowing that poll voters would be watching the primetime ESPN telecast.

The Positives…………… The Tulsa Golden Hurricane can line up against the nation's best and deliver a punch as well as take one. In certain situations, they confused a well coached Sooner squad.

The Negatives…………. They can't do it for long. The depth of a C-USA team vs. a traditional power just isn't comparable. But make no mistake about it, recruits the caliber of Big 12 and SEC schools are intrigued by what Coach Graham, Malzahn and the Hurricane offense are doing. Finding the ones that will trade conferences for statistics will be the key.

Next Up, UAB at Skelly eh, I mean Chapman Stadium at 6:00 p.m.

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