Tulsa Golden Hurricane Dominate UCF in 35-20 Road Win

The UCF Golden Knights have had a number of impressive and/or lopsided wins this season: FIU, ECU, Tulane, Cincinnati. In most of those, the defense was absolutely next-level at generating pressure, generating turnovers, and either scoring themselves or putting the offense in great field position.

Tonight we got to see what UCF looks like against an experienced and cohesive offensive unit that doesn’t get rattled by occasional mistakes and manages to keep a hold of the ball almost the entire game.

The Knights had gone +6 in turnovers in their past two games, and scored four touchdowns on special teams. It looked like tonight would be similar as DJ Killins intercepted the third pass that Dane Evans threw and took it back for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Knights did not force another turnover the rest of the night, committed two of their own, and only managed one touchdown on offense.

As a result, Tulsa racked up 349 rushing yards and dominated time of possession for the remainder of the night. Dane Evans only completed 10 of 22 passes from that point on, but those passes went for 126 yards and two touchdowns. For the second time in the last three games, D’Angelo Brewer and James Flanders both rushed for over 150 yards, and the two have now combined for over 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

It’s unfortunate that the Golden Hurrican lost to the wrong teams (Navy and Houston) to win the division, because this rushing attack keeps getting better and is going to be a nightmare for someone come bowl season. The defense has finally started making their share of plays as well, with regular instances of opposing players getting laid out by Tulsa defenders.

These two teams will now look to close out the season strong to head into bowl season with some polish and momentum, as Tulsa heads home to host Cincinnati ad UCF hits the road to tackle their I-5 arch-nemesis, USF.

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