Tulsa 48 — Fresno State 41
What a crazy game in Fresno. We saw a 44 yard run off a lateral pass, 21 points in four minutes, a game-tying field goal, a 250 yard rusher, overtime, a missed game-winning field goal and finally, a Tulsa (3–1) victory.
Fresno State (1–3) jumped on the Golden Hurricane early, building a 31–0 lead with ten minutes remaining in the second quarter. Dane Evans and the Tulsa offense finally got going, scoring on three consecutive drives of less than two minutes. Evans connected on long scoring strikes for all three touchdowns and Tulsa went into the locker room with a manageable 31–21 deficit.
The second half saw the Golden Hurricane ride D’Angelo Brewer to the tune of 46 carries and 252 yards. He was a work-horse, setting up the eventual go-ahead score, putting Tulsa up 38–34. After a Fresno score and Tulsa field goal, regulation ended with a 41–41 tie.
In overtime, Fresno State fumbled on their first play, only to see Tulsa miss a potential game-winning 42 yard field goal. Dane Evans (22–32, 273, 4td) left no doubt in the second OT, however, scoring on a 18 yard run. The Hurricane defense held Fresno to a four and out, finally ending the game, 48–41. It was the largest comeback win in Tulsa history.
D’Angelo Brewer & James Flanders led Tulsa to 344 yards on the ground. Brewer finished with 252 and Flanders with 101 yards and a score. Their tough running wore down the Bulldog defensive front, and kept the secondary honest, opening up long pass plays for Evans and his speedy receivers.
Baylor 35 — Oklahoma State 24
Oklahoma State committed four turnovers, and failed to score twice inside Baylor’s five yard line. That was the story of the game. Defensively, the Cowboys did all they could to limit Baylor’s dynamic offense, but the Cowboy offense could not put points on the board.
Freshman running back, Justice Hill, ran for a career-best 122 yards, but fumbled twice, which led to 14 Baylor points. His second fumble came at the Baylor one yard line, with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Baylor’s Seth Russell passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, including an 89-yard strike to Chris Platt, two plays after Oklahoma State tied the game at 21.
Oklahoma State twice had an opportunity to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Baylor defense came up big both times. On a fourth and two, Rennie Childs was stuffed at the line, and then, on the next possession was Justice Hill’s fumble, which ultimately became the difference.
Jordan Burton paced the Cowboy defense with nine tackles and an interception. Burton is the team-leader of the defense, which gave up big plays against Baylor, but ultimately played well enough to get the win.