The Tulsa Golden Hurricane showed no signs of rust after a 19-day layoff and drove to a 42-13 win over the South Florida Bulls on Friday night in Tampa, Florida.
Tulsa remains one of five undefeated teams in the American Athletic Conference after winning their first game since October 3 when it upset the then number 1. 11 UCF 34-26. A scheduled game last week against No. 8 Cincinnati over a COVID-19 outbreak with the Bearcats.
The Golden Hurricane (2-1, 2-0 AAC) totaled 462 yards with an almost perfect balance of 235 passes and 227 rushing. Sophomore Deneric Prince (15 rushes, 109 yards) and Senior Corey Taylor II (12 rushes, 67 yards) each ran two touchdowns.
Tulsa prevailed against South Florida in the first half with 289 to 113 yards and led at half time with 21: 6.
Golden Hurricane’s junior linebacker Zaven Collins was responsible for two of the three sales in South Florida. He forced a fumble in the first half and returned after 38 yards for a touchdown that helped the Golden Hurricane retreat in the third quarter.
South Florida (1-5, 0-4) lost their fifth game in a row and tried to find a steady momentum on offense. The Bulls used three quarterbacks in the game, with the transfer Noah Johnson taking the most snaps. Johnson completed 18 of 26 for 150 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His 4-yard touchdown pass for Bryce Miller reduced Tulsa’s lead to 21-13, in the third to 8:43.
Sophomore Johnny Ford – the leader of the cops in the total number of shipyards – was held at 19 meters, combined with rushing and receiving.
The bulls fought in third place, converting only 2 out of 15 attempts.
In the middle of the third quarter, Prince took a handover from Tulsa’s senior quarterback Zach Smith, cut in and sprinted into the middle for a 62-yard touchdown that sparked a run of 21 unanswered points. That TD increased the lead to 28-13 and five minutes later after Collins’ pick six and a 1-yard Taylor run the lead was 42-13.
Smith completed 16 of 24 passes for 233 yards with an interception and a 33-yard touchdown pass to JuanCarlos Santana, who opened the scoring of the game.
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