Tulsa Football Overall 2015 Record | 2-0
At Home | 1-0
On The Road | 1-0
There's a new attitude in T-Town and as Oklahoma closes the door on a dramatic come-from-behind win over Tennessee the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are anxiously awaiting for the opportunity to bring their high-powered offense to Norman on Saturday morning and test this Sooner defense.
Former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery has the Golden Hurricane scoring at a pace of 43.5 points per game, which ranks them third in the American Conference, and is no stranger to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium as he helped orchestrate the Bears' 48-14 drubbing of OU in Norman last fall.
Junior quarterback Dane Evans has thrown every pass for Tulsa this season, completing 58.7% of them for 745 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His top target has been Junior Keevan Lucas who, through Tulsa's first two games, has nabbed 14 catches for 258 yards and three scores.
Perhaps the biggest impact Montgomery has had on Tulsa's defense is in the run game where the Hurricane are averaging 236 yards per game and have scored a total of six rushing touchdowns. Senior running back Zacj Langer has four of those scores and rushed for 228 yards at a clip of 4 yards per carry. He's complimented by sophomore D'Angelo Brewer who is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and is just behind Langer at 225 yards.
If you're looking for a spot to pick on in the Tulsa offense then it's on the line and the Sooners should enjoy a nice advantage. Through the first two games of the season Evans has been sacked five times for a loss of 43 yards. It's not unfathomable to believe that OU could equal that mark on Saturday.
The defensive side of the ball hasn't been as prosperous for Tulsa as the offense has. Opponents are scoring an average of 32.5 points per game on the Golden Hurricane who have struggled heavily to stop the run. Tulsa is allowing an average of 4.9 yards per carry and 262 rushing which may be just the remedy Oklahoma's rushing attack needs to boost their confidence and work out some kinks.
They are a bit better against the pass (having an opponent run the ball an average of 54 times per game will do that) where they are allowing 214.5 yards per game through the air. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 60.7% of their passes against the Golden Hurricane for an average of just over nine yards per attempt. Tulsa has allowed five rushing and three passing touchdowns in their two games this season.
Tulsa has lost eight consecutive games against Oklahoma and hasn't beaten the Sooners since 1996. Oklahoma is 14-0 against Tulsa when the Sooners are ranked in the Top 25.