No matter how unlikely, No. 24 Tulsa appears to be capable of producing a successful weekly script.
The Golden Hurricane (5-1, 5-0 Americans), who take on the Houston Cougars (3-3, 3-2 Americans) at TDECU on Saturday, celebrated his fourth comeback win of the Wild30-24 season last week Double overtime win over Tulane, with third-string quarterback Davis Brin getting a 30-point breakout in the fourth quarter and two overtime, and standout linebacker Zaven Collins catching 96 yards back to seal the win.
Tulsa bounced back from a 21-point deficit to stun the SMU last week. Another miraculous comeback following the start of quarterback Zach Smith and his substitute Seth Boomer, who was sidelined due to injury, was more than an occasional godsend.
“We’re an older team right now and we have some people who have really moved up and are playing games,” said Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery. “That’s really the biggest difference. Whether it’s a first down game, a fourth down game, or a game in the red zone, it’s just people who keep that endeavor and then show up on the right .
“I just think this team has a different level of confidence and a desire to achieve it, and that in all three phases: defensive, offensive and special teams. I think part of that is maturity, another part is . ” Confidence and only people who will put themselves in a position to make these games and make them a reality. “
Smith is day in and day out as Tulsa prepares to face the Cougars. What is certain, however, is that the hurricane was borne by past successes and is endowed with the knowledge that superior performance is a viable goal.
“We still have a lot of good football in us,” said Montgomery. “I don’t think we played our best football, but we find ways to win and that’s the most important thing at this stage.”
COVID-19 logs prevented the Cougars from playing SMU as planned last weekend, resulting in the fourth season postponement for Houston, who lost non-conference games to Rice, Baylor and North Texas in September due to pandemic-related complications.
The Cougars had postponed their competition against the SMU to December 5th.
“We’re used to it. It’s nothing new,” said Houston coach Dana Holgorsen. “We’re not going through something that nobody else can go through so well. At this point it’s second nature. It’s the third time we’ve sidelined in the sixth game. We’re fine.”
“I think they look at what’s going on across the country and they say, ‘Well, we’re not alone when it comes to that.’ There were 20 games last week (postponed or canceled) and I think 15 games in the previous week. “
The Cougars had a squad abrasion against USF last week, but managed to handle those losses well. But when the number of available players decreased last week before the SMU game, especially with linebackers, Houston was left with no choice but to postpone.
That uncertainty bleed into the preparations for Tulsa. Holgorsen started the week with fixtures for the Golden Hurricane, SMU and Memphis for the Cougars to play on December 12th. However, unless he is given permission to do the necessary exercises prior to meeting Tulsa, Holgorsen, he is unsure how the game would play out as planned.
“We finished the schedule, but if you never practice I don’t know how to line up to play,” said Holgorsen.
– Field level media