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(Saturday, September 22)
Final Score: Tulsa 27, Fresno State 26
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Tailback Trey Watts completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to finish off a third quarter rally as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane edged the Fresno State Bulldogs, 27-26, in a non-conference battle at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Cody Green struggled for Tulsa (3-1), completing only 13-of-37 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. Jordan James had a breakout performance with four catches for 84 yards. Alex Singleton led the team's rushing attack with 56 yards on 18 carries while Thomas Roberson had three catches for 65 yards and the game winning score. Shawn Jackson had a strong showing with 11 tackles and a forced fumble as the Golden Hurricane completed the 13-point come from behind victory.
For Fresno State (2-2), Derek Carr completed 26-of-44 attempts for 231 yards and a touchdown. Robbie Rouse gained 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries while Josh Harper reeled in seven catches for 115 yards and a score. The Bulldogs, who came in averaging 515 yards of total offense per game, were held to just 364 offensive yards in the contest.
Fresno State jumped out to an early lead when Rouse rushed 37 yards for a touchdown at the 9:43 mark of the opening period. The Bulldogs added another touchdown less than 20 seconds later as Patrick Su'a returned an interception 20 yards for a score. Quentin Breshears was unsuccessful on the extra point attempt, which left Fresno State ahead, 13-0.
Tulsa scored its first points just over a minute later when Ja'Terian Douglas broke away for a 32-yard touchdown run to make it 13-7.
Carr added to Fresno State's lead at the first quarter's 5:28 mark by connecting with Harper for a 32-yard touchdown pass. Harper's second touchdown reception of the season gave the Bulldogs a 20-7 advantage heading into the second period.
The Golden Hurricane began their rally as Keyarris Garrett caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Green. Daniel Schwarz added a 24-yard field goal to make it 20-17 going into halftime.
The Bulldogs' defense came up with another big play after the break as Tristan Okpalaugo returned an interception 21 yards for six. Breshears had his extra point attempt blocked, causing Fresno State's lead to remain, 26-17.
Tulsa came back and took the lead as Schwarz drilled a 38-yard field goal attempt and Watts completed a 26-yard halfback pass to Roberson which put the Golden Hurricane ahead, 27-26, with 2:52 left to play in the third quarter.
Fresno State could did not pass the 50-yard line in the final 15 minutes as it lost its third road game in a row dating back to last season.
In the evenly matched bout, both sides ran 81 total offensive plays. Fresno State held a slight, tenth of a yard advantage in average gain per play.
09/23 01:36:01 ET
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