Tulsa Sneaks Past UCF In OT, Wins C-USA Title


Saturday, December 1st 2012, 3:58 pm
By: News On 6


Tulsa defeated UCF 33-27 in overtime to win the Conference USA championship game. We'll have plenty of coverage coming up, but for now, here's the quick rundown:

What it means for Tulsa:

The Golden Hurricane is Conference USA champions for the first time since 2005. TU earned its second win over Central Florida in three weeks, this time earning the right to represent C-USA in the Liberty Bowl.

What it means for UCF:

The Knights fall to 9-4 and will miss out on a conference championship in their final season as a member of C-USA. Still a very strong season and UCF is on its way to a bowl game as well.

Turning point:

Tulsa's blocked kick in overtime. Shawn Moffitt's 38-yard try would have given the Knights the overtime lead, but Cory Dorris reached up and got a finger on it. That gave TU the ultimate momentum and the Hurricane took advantage by marching right into the end zone.

MVP:

It's hard to give it to just one guy, so I won't. Trey Watts and Alex Singleton have to share the honor for both of their efforts. Watts ran for 134 yards and had the game-tying 54-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter. Singleton ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns (39th and 40th of his career), passing Matt Forte for No. 5 on the all-time C-USA rushing touchdown list. Singleton's second touchdown plunge was the game-winner in overtime.

What's next:

Other than a whole lot of celebrating, the Liberty Bowl. As I mentioned, TU clinched the automatic bid to face a team yet-to-be-determined.