Over the past two seasons, the Tulane football team keeps redefining what a brutal loss looks and feels like.
A year after blowing a 14-0 fourth-quarter lead at Tulsa and losing in double overtime, the Green Wave (1-9, 0-6 American Athletic Conference) found a way to blow a game it surprisingly was in a position to win, falling yet again in overtime to the Golden Hurricane (4-6, 3-3) on Saturday at Yulman Stadium.
Given a chance to become the school’s all-time scoring leader, sixth-year senior Merek Glover missed a straightaway, tie-breaking 26-yard field goal with three seconds left. The Wave did not recover, losing 20-13 in overtime for its third extra-session defeat to Tulsa in the past eight years.
“I don’t know what to say,” coach Willie Fritz said. “It’s very disappointing. I’m proud of the effort. They fought their butt off and had a chance to win in regulation and didn’t get it done.”
With another masterful performance in Tulane’s 20-13 overtime loss to Tulsa, Ryan Wright showed exactly why he was named one of 10 semifinalis…
Everything about the final 3:49 of regulation was hard to explain. After paltry production through three quarters — barely surpassing 100 yards and picking up six first downs — Tulane moved 95 yards in four plays to cut its deficit to 13-10. Michael Pratt hit Jha’Quan Jackson for 45 yards to the Tulsa 49. Pratt then connected with Phat Watts for a 49-yard touchdown pass on a streak with 2:52 left.
Having burned all of its timeouts on Tulsa’s previous possession, the Wave recovered a Casey Glover onside kick for the fourth time this year when the ball ricocheted off a Tulsa player. Shi’Keem Laister then fell on it at the Wave 35 after a mad scramble.
Pratt, who had completed 5 of 14 passes for 30 yards through three quarters, threw a laser to Duece Watts for 20 yards. Two plays later, running back Tyjae Spears turned the corner and raced 38 yards to the Tulsa 7, giving Tulane 153 yards in two series after netting 134 through its first 12.
But the Wave could not punch in the go-ahead score. On second down, Pratt threw low to an open Duece Watts, who let the ball hit the ground as he fell across the goal line. On third down, he failed to see Watts jumping up and down uncovered in the middle of the end zone and threw over Jackson’s head on an out route, leading to Glover’s tying 23-yard field goal with 1:16 left.
Beating Tulsa for Homecoming and getting to 2-8 is Tulane’s only goal.
A defense that had played lights out to keep the game from becoming a rout came up with its fourth takeaway of the second half — an interception that safety Macon Clark returned to the Tulsa 24 with 1:00 left after Anderson hit Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin on a delayed blitz.
A Spears’ reception and two runs moved the ball to the 9, setting up Glover for what should have been his historic moment.
Instead, his kick sailed a foot wide of the right goal post.
“I don’t want to get into that,” said Fritz, refusing to single out Glover. “It was a tough, tough loss. There were many, many, many other plays in the game.”
After giving up 10 points and 155 yards on Tulsa’s first two series, the defense kept making plays, causing more turnovers than it allowed points. Cornerback Jaylon Monroe …….