The Tulsa football team battled Tulane at Chapman Stadium Saturday afternoon, but before the matchup got underway the program honored Hurricane legend Dennis Byrd who died in in a crash six days ago.
Current and former Hurricane players honored Byrd with his number 48 jersey during the coin toss and marked the 48-yard hash marks on the field.
TU got on the board early in its homecoming matchup when Dane Evans connected to Keevan Lucas to give the Golden Hurricane a 7-0 lead. Tulane answered back with a six-yard rush to tie the game 7-all.
As Tulsa’s momentum started flowing, Dane Evans racked up a quick 78 passing yards, helping him record over 9,000 since TU joined the American Athletic Conference.
Josh Atkinson soon elevated the Hurricane’s lead 14-7 with 5:24 left in the first quarter.
D’Angelo Brewer opened the second quarter with a score to bump TU’s advantage 21-7.
At this point, TU was playing efficient on both sides of the ball and capitalizing on offensive possessions.
A 20-yarder from Redford Jones with 7:05 left in the second tacked three more to the board for Tulsa.
After a three and out for the Golden Hurricane defense, James Flanders helped TU take a 31-7 lead that the team carried into halftime.
TU’s defense opened the third quarter strong, holding Tulane to a field goal attempt in the red zone that sailed wide-right.
Rowdy Simon got things going in the second half for the offense with a 16-yard score to give Tulsa a 38-7 advantage.
Going into the final quarter TU held a 40-20 lead.
Playing the fourth quarter as hot as they played the first, second and third, Tulsa ended the game with a 50-27 victory over Tulane.