Tulsa 13, Oklahoma St. 7
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Ron Jackson rushed for 149 yards in a ball-control offense that carried Tulsa to a 13-7 victory over Oklahoma State Saturday night.
T.J. Rubley threw a 12-yard touchdown to Brian Thompson and Eric Lange kicked field goals of 34 and 45 yards for the Golden Hurricane (2-0).
Freshman Rafael Denson rushed 21 times for 88 yards for the Cowboys (0-1) and scored on a 2-yard run with 2:11 left. After the ensuing kickoff Jackson picked up 15 yards and later went seven yards for another first down that allowed Tulsa to run out the clock.
The Cowboys didn’t get untracked until their final possession. Their other scoring threats had been stopped by a turnover and a penalty.
The Hurricane set the tone early by driving 69 yards on eight plays. Jerry Ostrowski and Mark Govi cleared out the right side of the line for Jackson, who had 38 yards on the opening drive. Rubley threw back across the field 19 yards to Fallon Wacasey to set up his touchdown pass to Thompson.
Chris Hughley, who rushed for 69 yards, broke loose on a 34-yard run in the second quarter to again put the Hurricane in scoring position. But Andre Thompson and Jason Gildon sacked Rubley for a 17-yard loss, and Tulsa settled for Lange’s 34-yard field goal.
Denson’s 10-yard run and a 19-yard pass from Kenny Ford to Bert Milliner put the ball on Tulsa’s 25 late in the second quarter, but L.G. Thompson fumbled on the next play.
Oklahoma State moved 30 yards on its first possession of the second half, but its next four drives gained 5, 3, 11 and 6 yards.
Scott Harmon intercepted a pass by Rubley and returned it to the 3-yard line, but the Cowboys were called for an illegal block and had to start instead on their own 47. They punted after gaining three yards on three plays.
The Hurricane was forced to punt from its own 14 near the end of the third quarter, but Gus Frerotte’s knuckleball kick was fumbled by Jay Fleischman and Tulsa continued to burn time off the clock.
Rubley, who was 11-of-18 for 107 yards, hit Harvey Crowder for 10 yards on a drive that set up Lange’s 45-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.