The Tulsa Golden Hurricane come to Norman with a 1-1 record after falling to Bowling Green and then rebounding last weekend to knock off Colorado State, 30-27, thanks to a fourth quarter rally. Tulsa's 427 yard performance against the Rams was much needed for a team that struggled heavily on both sides of the ball in the opener. The Golden Hurricane are currently 99th in the nation in scoring offense (18.5 ppg) and 85th nationally in scoring defense (30.5 ppg).
Quarterback Cody Green has completed 52.1% of his passes for 384 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. He participated in Nebraska's 2009 10-3 victory over Oklahoma before transferring to Tulsa. His top receiver has been running back Trey Watts who has caught 13 passes for 13 passes for 91 yards. Watts also leads the team in rushing with an average of 6.2 yards per carry and 160 yards.
"I haven't gotten to really watch a lot of Tulsa but I know some of their personnel from last year, and I've always watched them because I am from there but they've got some guys, like their quarterback who is pretty good and their running back. It will be interesting digging into them." - Safety Gabe Lynn
The Golden Hurricane offensive line has done a solid job through the first two games. They've paved the way for a team rushing average of 3.9 yards per carry and have only given up two quarterback sacks.
Tulsa's offense has been fairly balanced this season with the Golden Hurricane passing the ball 80 times to 68 rushing attempts. All of their touchdowns have come through the air though.
Defensively the Golden Hurricane gave up 396 yards to Bowling Green and 275 to Colorado State. However, they're also allowing an average of 28.5 points per game.
Sophomore Michael Mudoh leads the team with 25 total tackles and is one of three players with an interception. Linebacker Trent Martin has a team-high three tackles for loss and is one of just two players who have registered a sack.
Tulsa is 12th in Conference USA against the rush with opponents averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 205.5 yards per game on the ground. This is clearly an advantageous for Oklahoma who currently has the 12th ranked rushing attack with an average of 310.5 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane have done a better job against the pass by holding opposing quarterbacks to a 42.1% completion percentage and nabbing three interceptions to just two passing touchdowns allowed. Based on what we've seen from the Sooner passing attack through the first two games, you have to at least give Tulsa the advantage here.