Thoughts on Tulsa’s Win Over Tulane

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Thoughts on Tulsa’s Win Over Tulane

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Tulsa is 5-2, and off to their best start since 2012. The Golden Hurricane absolutely dominated a sound Tulane football team on Saturday, and grabbed their 3rd 20+ point victory this season. I said in my preview that if Tulsa could get off to a hot start, Tulane wouldn’t have the firepower to get back in it. Tulsa took the opening kickoff; 10 plays and 75 yards later Tulsa held a 7-0 lead, and the Green Wave was never able to tie it back up.

Here is a video of the opening touchdown.

Let’s get to my thoughts.

1) Josh Atkinson

 

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“88 Guap” was a monster today. Coming into this game, Hobbs was actually leading Atkinson in yardage and touchdowns this season; that is no longer the case after Josh got a career high 142 yards on 7 catches and 2 touchdowns. He has really stepped it up the past couple games, and he has solidified himself as the go-to outside receiver. He also Moss’d a corner on this monster catch.

2) Offensive Line

 

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Time to give credit to the big boys up front. Tulsa was down 2¬†starting linemen¬†for¬†today’s game, they still dominated the line of scrimmage as they have all season. Tulsa had 330 (!) yards rushing tonight against a top-50 Tulane rush defense. Brewer, Flanders, and even Rowdy Simon were able to bust off big runs tonight, and that is because of TU’s domination up front. Tulsa also¬†did a great job protecting Dane tonight. DT for Tulane¬†Tanzel Smart is no joke, but his effect was minimized today by our offensive line.

3) Passing game is coming around

 

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Only 236 tonight for Dane, but we could pass the ball at will. I said in my preview that we could hit dinks and dunks with Atkinson and Keevan all-game, and that we did. The offense is starting to roll like it did last year; today the running game and the passing game were working equally well.

4) Defense was A+ tonight

 

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I know that Tulane doesn’t have an explosive offense, but I was really impressed with the defense in the first half. We were missing our 2 senior leaders Trent Martin and Jeremy Brady, and we didn’t even miss a beat. Tulane’s QB only completed 3/19 passes today! A lot of that was because of the pressure we but on him. Tulsa ended up¬†with 4 sacks, and a couple of MASSIVE hits¬†on poor Glen Cuiellette. Tulane blogger summed it up pretty well at halftime.

Side note: does Petera Wilson make a play every time he is on the field? He had another sack tonight, which brings his season total to 4.5. There are probably some other things going on, but man I would like to see that guy on the field more.

5) I LOVED These Uniforms

The helmets, the jerseys, the pants, I loved everything about this combo. Get out of here with the black uniforms.

THIS is what Tulsa football is supposed to look like.

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6) Future is bright, y’all.

This was an important, conference game for TU, and we were running bodies in and out like it was nothing. Here are just a couple of sophomores and freshmen that played meaningful minutes tonight. Reggie Robinson (CB #9), McKinley Whitfield (S #5), Manny Bunch (S #10), Christian Williams (DB #30), Cooper Edmiston (LB #42), Shemarr Robinson (DT #54), Myles Mouton (DE #96).  Tyler Bowling (#72 G), Chandler Miller (C #74), Justin Hobbs (WR #29), Keenen Johnson (WR #8), Corey Taylor (RB #24), and Chris Minter (TE #6). 5 of those players were starters; Monty is recruiting and developing well, and he is just getting started (hopefully).

7) This was a good, validating win for TU.

I always think that a measure for good teams is how they do against less-talented teams. After seeing Tulsa struggle¬†against Fresno and SMU (but hey that doesn’t seem so bad anymore after tonight),¬†It was nice to see Tulsa take care of business and get the blowout win. This was our 3rd win by 20+ points this year, last year we had none. Tulsa is now 5-2, and playing their best football headed into a tremendous opportunity next week; 7:00 kickoff at Memphis. With a Houston loss, Tulsa controls their destiny in the west division.

Thanks for reading guys,

Reign Cane


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Hunter Hart

Co-creator and Writer for Reign Cane Sports Blog. I am a sophomore at the University of Tulsa majoring in Chemical Engineering. At TU, I am an University Ambassador, Honors Program member, and Brotherhood Chair of Kappa Alpha Order. I love talking sports, and critiquing uniforms. twitter: @hart_attack35 Instagram: hunter_hart

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