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Tulane 27, Tulsa 13

(AP Photo/Dave Crenshaw)

By LARRY LEWIS
The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. - Tyjae Spears ran for 157 yards and a touchdown and Shaadie Clayton-Johnson gained 106 to lead No. 19 Tulane to a 27-13 win over Tulsa.

Tulane (8-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) had lost the past two meetings with Tulsa (3-6, 1-4) in overtime, but controlled this one with a dominant running game.

The Hurricane gained 357 yards on the ground, with Spears and Johnson each running the ball 14 times.

Tulsa had won seven of the first eight home games with Tulane.

Michael Pratt completed 11 of 19 passes for 125 yards for Tulane. He was victimized by a walk-off interception return for a touchdown in overtime two seasons ago.

Tulsa was playing without starting quarterback Davis Brin, who has been banged up but hadn't missed a game in the last two years. Brin had beaten Tulane the last two years.

Braylon Braxton couldn't rally the faltering Golden Hurricane, completing 13 of 25 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Tulane had taken a two-touchdown lead on Spear's 34-yard touchdown run. Tulsa cut it to 17-10 at halftime on Braxton's 28-yard touchdown pass to JuanCarlos Santana.

But Tulane went up 24-10 on its first possession of the second half on a 20-yarder from Pratt to Shae Wyatt, and was never threatened again.

THE TAKEAWAY

TULANE: The Green Wave took care of business after two straight rough losses to Tulsa and kept the game safely away from overtime territory.

TULSA: Held to 257 total yards in Brin's absence against the league's top defense, well under the 434.2 yards a game the Hurricane were averaging coming into the game.

BRIN MISSES GAME

The Green Wave benefitted from not having to face Brin, who victimized Tulane the last two years. Brin has been banged up this year. The first meaningful action of his career came against Tulane, and his 37-yard Hail Mary at the end of regulation in 2020 forced the game into overtime.

GOING FOR IT

Tulane coach Willie Fritz wasn't shy about going for it on fourth down in the first half, and both gambles paid off. On 4th and 2 from its own 35 in the first quarter, the punt team was out but a quick huddle and snap gained 3 yards, leading to a field goal. The second one came on 4th and 2 at its own 42 in the second quarter. A completed pass by Pratt led to a Tulane TD and a 17-3 lead.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TulaneTulsa
Tulane TD 12:39 Tyrick James 10 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 0
Tulsa FG 8:45 Zack Long 46 yd FG 7 3
Tulane FG 3:19 Valentino Ambrosio 20 yd FG 10 3
Second Quarter TulaneTulsa
Tulane TD 6:10 Tyjae Spears 34 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 17 3
Tulsa TD 0:59 JuanCarlos Santana 28 yd pass from Braylon Braxton (Zack Long kick) 17 10
Third Quarter TulaneTulsa
Tulane TD 9:09 Shae Wyatt 20 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 24 10
Tulsa FG 4:35 Zack Long 40 yd FG 24 13
Fourth Quarter TulaneTulsa
Tulane FG 0:51 Valentino Ambrosio 33 yd FG 27 13
Team Stats
  Tulane Tulsa
First downs 24 16
  Rushing 18 9
  Passing 6 6
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 53-357 34-111
Passing Yards 125 146
Return Yards 71 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-19-1 13-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--3 4--29
Punts 3 6
Punts-Average 36.3 46.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 1-15 5-44
Time of Possession 34:02 25:58
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 11 19 125 2 1
Tulsa Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Braxton 13 25 146 1 0
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 14 157 11.2 1
S. Clayton 14 106 7.6 0
I. Celestine 12 40 3.3 0
M. Pratt 11 36 3.3 0
L. Keys III 1 15 15.0 0
N. Anderson 1 3 3.0 0
Tulsa Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Prince 14 55 3.9 0
B. Braxton 13 32 2.5 0
J. Ford 6 20 3.3 0
B. Jackson 1 4 4.0 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Watts 2 42 21.0 0
T. James 4 39 9.8 1
S. Wyatt 1 20 20.0 1
D. McDougle 2 12 6.0 0
L. Keys III 1 6 6.0 0
T. Spears 1 6 6.0 0
Tulsa Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Santana 2 41 20.5 1
K. Stokes 4 40 10.0 0
I. Epps 2 23 11.5 0
M. Jones 2 14 7.0 0
J. Ford 1 10 10.0 0
K. Benjamin 1 9 9.0 0
D. Prince 1 9 9.0 0
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tulsa Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Ray 1 23
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 3 109 36.3
Tulsa Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilson 6 279 46.5
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 1 5 5.0
Tulsa Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Keys III 3 66 22.0
Tulsa Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Benjamin 1 16 16.0
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length
Tulsa Missed FG
Player Length




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