The new Philip Montgomery offense for Tulsa was very successful against Oklahoma. The Golden Hurricane gained 600 yards against the Sooners.
Josh Atkinson and Keyarris Garrett had over 100 yards receiving each, including a Hail Mary at the end of the first half that had Mike Stoops going nuts. Despite the loss, TU's mindset was to stay aggressive. “We didn't come here to lose. We came here to win. We're going to be aggressive. That's who we are. I thought we really had opportunities to turn the game around,” said Montgomery.
You could see TU’s confidence in the way the team played. “They came out in what we've been preparing for, and we have confidence in ourselves and our matchups no matter who we play. I think that showed today,” said quarterback Dane Evans.
As good as Tulsa's offense was, the defense couldn't figure out Baker Mayfield. “We're dropping guys into coverage; it just creates some lanes. There were some times we had a grasp on him, but we didn't have a firm grasp. They kept battling, that's what I hoped, that's what we want out of them,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery was asked after the game if this was a moral victory. He responded a loss is still a loss, but to an outsider's perspective, the days of the Golden Hurricane going down without a fight appear to be over.