The University of Tulsa football team picked up a much needed victory on Saturday, as they defeated Central Arkansas 41-14 in front of 21,928 fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The win improved Tulsa’s record to 2-2 on the season while Central Arkansas fell to 3-1. A balanced Hurricane offense put up 539 total yards with 257 coming through the air and 282 coming by ground.
"It was good to get a win," said TU Head Coach Todd Graham. "I feel like we came out and dominated a team we should dominate. It was exactly what we needed, to come out and get a win going into conference play."
G.J. Kinne threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns while connecting with ten different receivers in a solid outing. Alex Singleton carried 12 times for a total of 93 rushing yards to lead the Hurricane ground attack. Offensively it was the fourth straight game that the Hurricane have posted at least 400 yards of offense.
Tulsa got on the board first when Damaris Johnson took a pitch off a double reverse and went 20 yards for the score. That play capped Tulsa’s 12-play, 80 yard game-opening drive. Kinne connected with Charles Clay for his first score of the night on a 19 yard pass less than a minute into the second quarter. Tulsa added a 28 yard touchdown reception by Trey Watts and a 47 yard Kevin Fitzpatrick field goal following a one yard TD run from the Bears’ Terrence Bobo to close out the first half with a 24-7 lead.
Fitzpatrick added a 31 yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter to increase the Hurricane lead to 27-7. Tulsa added a 6 yard touchdown pass from Kinne to Jameel Owens and a 20 yard touchdown run by Ja’Terian Douglas to put the Hurricane up 41-7 with 6:04 remaining. Central Arkansas got on the board one more time when Wynrick Smothers completed an 11 yard pass to Isaiah Jackson with 2:50 remaining.
Tulsa will now dive back into the heart of it’s conference schedule with two straight road games at Memphis and SMU. The Hurricane will kick off against the Tigers this Saturday at 6 p.m. They will take on the Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 before returning home to host Tulane on Saturday, October 16.