Tulsa Starts C-USA 1-0

After 3 games and October coming fast, the UAB team that came to Tulsa Saturday was very hard to gage. After losing to Michigan St and playing Florida St close in a loss, the Blazers shut out Alcorn St. However, nothing tells us how good a team is better than conference play. Saturday was the first conference game for both teams and each had their eye on starting 1-0.

The Hurricane ranked 23rd in scoring and including an Oklahoma Sooner defense into that equation is admirable. UAB ranked 94th and played two BCS conference opponents but only scored 22 points against Alcorn St.

This game would prove to be somewhere in the middle of all those performances. The final score was much closer than the statistical ranks of the two teams would indicate. Tulsa stayed on pace offensively thanks to Paul Smith passing for over 300 yards in each game this season. This added to the balance of the offense and allowed the rushing attack to pile up 362 yards. 695 total yards on offense allowed the Golden Hurricane defense the luxury of bending and not breaking.

The defense also owned the most crucial play of the game stopping UAB quarterback Joseph Webb on 4th and Goal on the Tulsa 1 yard line. That stop swung the 4th quarter momentum and Tulsa scored a touchdown going 99 yards down the other end of the field.

Tulsa will ride this momentum into the scenic stadium of the UTEP Miners October 6th 8:05p.m. Central

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