Tulsa at Central Florida: Hurricane pulls away from Knights in second half – Tulsa World
ORLANDO, Fla. — After a one-week absence, the University of Tulsa’s dominant rushing attack reappeared Saturday night.
While propelling the Golden Hurricane to a 35-20 win against UCF at Bright House Networks Stadium, running backs James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer combined for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
“When we find what we like, coach Monty (Philip Montgomery) is going to keep going at it,” Brewer said. “I’m just running the ball behind the big boys.”
The defensive-minded Knights, who entered containing rushers to a modest 3.4 yards per carry, allowed two opposing players to rush for at least 100 yards apiece for the first time since Trey Watts and Alex Singleton totaled 234 yards in the December 2012 meeting at TU.
“Tulsa did a great job scheming,” UCF linebacker Mark Rucker said. “They hit little gaps that we really couldn’t see. … They’re a really good team.”
In its penultimate game of the regular season, the Hurricane rushed for 348 yards and set a program record by delivering a seventh outing with more than 300 rushing yards. TU (8-3, 5-2 American) hosts Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Friday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Despite injuries up front, an overpowering offensive line paved the way for the Flanders-Brewer tandem to repeatedly gash UCF while the Hurricane pulled away in the second half. Each reached 1,000 yards in previous weeks to become TU’s first pair of 1,000-yard rushers since 1982.
A momentum-changing play occurred during a tied third quarter, when Cristian Williams cleanly caught a punt that ricocheted off the facemask of UCF’s returner. TU quickly cashed in with a 15-yard catch by Josh