Today’s game has an early start time and is airing on a niche TV channel but is also being made available as a live stream online option. “The (Tennessee) fans had been waiting for a year, and to go in there and be able to fight your way through it and win in the end in that kind of fashion was really, really special”. After a 28-yard Keevan Lucas touchdown catch with 13 seconds left in the half, Tulsa chose to go for an onside kick, which it recovered. The Sooners haven’t been as dominant in the rushing game as they were in 2014, but it did come along late against Tennessee. “It may be our job not to win total yardage, but the job to hold them to one less point”. At the 1, the Sooners couldn’t punch it in but took a 3-0 lead. Tulsa also has a week off before opening American Athletic Conference play at home against Houston. Oklahoma is the better overall team and they own eight straight victories over Tulsa by an average of nearly 40 points.
Mayfield finished with the fourth most passing yards in OU history, 487 on 32 of 38 through the air. “You drop back in your initial plan to read the defense, and when the defensive lineman comes through, you’re obviously not just going to sit there and take it, so your instinct takes over and just try to get out of the pocket and find somebody open”.
First of all, the Golden Hurricane have a new coach, Philip Montgomery, who is very familiar with the Sooners having been offensive coordinator at Baylor before arriving at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane are averaging 609 yards of total offense, which ranks fifth in the nation. Now the betting odds for the game have the Sooners favored by an overwhelming favorite to blow out the Golden Hurricane. Montgomery has successfully installed an up-tempo attack that’s averaging more than 600 yards a game.
The No. 16 Sooners enjoyed a 17-3 lead after one quarter when he guided OU to a field goal, had a 39-yard touchdown run and threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Mixon. Tulsa is the only school in the nation with two backs – Zack Langer and D’Angelo Brewer – ranked in the top 30 in yards rushing per game.
First impressions would probably lead you to conclude that OU vs. Tulsa on Saturday is a giant mismatch. Both teams are on bye next week, so the focus should be there from both schools in this one. If Bond can keep up the dominance from last week, it will not only force Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans to rush throws, but it will draw some attention away from Preseason All Big-12 defensive end Eric Striker.