To claim its first win of the season, the University of Tulsa had to overcome a number of problems faced by the specialty teams.
On Saturday at HA Chapman Stadium, the Hurricane abandoned touchdowns scored on punt and kick returns but relied on a productive day after its offensive to beat Arkansas State 41-34.
TU (1-3) finished offensive at 663 yards, the most since the 2019 season. Quarterback Davis Brin was 17 of 25 for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and Shamari Brooks rushed for 155 yards.
Three of the hurricane’s touchdowns were scored on one-play drives, including a 75-yard run by Anthony Watkins, who gave TU the biggest lead at 38:21 in the third quarter.
Alan Lamar scored a 93 yard kickoff return on the next play, and the Red Wolves added a field goal to reduce their deficit to seven. From there, the teams exchanged field goals and TU emptied the clock with a six-minute drive to end the game.
Video from September 21, 2021. The Golden Hurricane coach talks about the first home game of the season after starting 3-0 on the road. Video courtesy of TU Athletics
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Kick-off is on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Chapman Stadium.
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