GAMEDAY College Football

Tulsa 38, Northern Illinois 35

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. - Davis Brin threw four touchdown passes, Steven Anderson scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds and Tulsa blew a 17-point lead before the Golden Hurricane beat Northern Illinois 38-35.

Rocky Lombardi threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cole Tucker on the first play of the fourth quarter that gave the Huskies (1-1) their first lead at 28-24. Davis, on fourth-and-goal, answered with a 1-yard scoring strike to Keylon Stokes with 10:36 left but Lombardi added a 1-yard TD run to make it 35-31 with 5:57 to play.

Anderson was stopped for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the NIU 46 but the Huskies failed to convert on fourth down a few plays later and Tulsa (1-1) took possession at its own 48 with 1:54 to go. Brin threw an incomplete pass and then was sacked by Michael Kennedy for a 4-yard loss before he hit Malachi Jones on third-and-14 for a 24-yard gain and then, a play later, connected with Stokes for a 31 yards before Anderson's touchdown capped the scoring with 58 seconds remaining.

Lombardi was 18-of-31 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns with an interception and Tucker finished with seven receptions for 123 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NIUTulsa
Tulsa TD 10:13 JuanCarlos Santana 14 yd pass from Davis Brin (Zack Long kick) 0 7
Second Quarter NIUTulsa
Tulsa FG 13:02 Zack Long 28 yd FG 0 10
Tulsa TD 8:15 JuanCarlos Santana 25 yd pass from Davis Brin (Zack Long kick) 0 17
NIU TD 2:17 Kacper Rutkiewicz 9 yd pass from Rocky Lombardi (John Richardson kick) 7 17
Tulsa TD 0:49 Isaiah Epps 20 yd pass from Davis Brin (Zack Long kick) 7 24
Third Quarter NIUTulsa
NIU TD 11:44 Kacper Rutkiewicz 30 yd pass from Rocky Lombardi (John Richardson kick) 14 24
NIU TD 8:54 Antario Brown 8 yd run (John Richardson kick) 21 24
Fourth Quarter NIUTulsa
NIU TD 14:50 Cole Tucker 33 yd pass from Rocky Lombardi (John Richardson kick) 28 24
Tulsa TD 10:36 Keylon Stokes 1 yd pass from Davis Brin (Zack Long kick) 28 31
NIU TD 5:57 Rocky Lombardi 1 yd run (John Richardson kick) 35 31
Tulsa TD 0:58 Steven Anderson 1 yd run (Zack Long kick) 35 38
Team Stats
  Northern Illinois Tulsa
First downs 19 23
  Rushing 6 6
  Passing 11 14
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-14, 50% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 37-126 37-107
Passing Yards 259 322
Return Yards 52 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-31-1 19-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--10
Punts 4 1
Punts-Average 46.5 57
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 9-84 4-56
Time of Possession 32:00 28:00
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Lombardi 18 31 259 3 1
Tulsa Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Brin 19 32 322 4 1
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 20 73 3.7 1
M. Blakemore 10 30 3.0 0
H. Waylee 5 17 3.4 0
R. Lombardi 2 6 3.0 1
Tulsa Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Anderson 18 58 3.2 1
T. Gary 8 36 4.5 0
B. Jackson 2 8 4.0 0
D. Brin 7 7 1.0 0
K. Stokes 1 0 0.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Tucker 7 123 17.6 1
K. Rutkiewicz 3 45 15.0 2
S. Thornton 2 31 15.5 0
L. Soraghan 2 26 13.0 0
M. Blakemore 2 15 7.5 0
F. McCray 1 12 12.0 0
H. Waylee 1 7 7.0 0
Tulsa Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Stokes 8 135 16.9 1
J. Santana 4 87 21.8 2
M. Jones 4 61 15.3 0
I. Epps 3 39 13.0 1
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Jammeh 1 4
Tulsa Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Davis 1 0
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Foley 4 186 46.5
Tulsa Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilson 1 57 57.0
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Rutkiewicz 1 3 3.0
Tulsa Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Stokes 4 47 11.8
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Blakemore 3 45 15.0
Tulsa Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Hopkins 1 11 11.0
M. Shoulders 1 8 8.0
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
J. Richardson 48
Tulsa Missed FG
Player Length
Z. Long 40




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