Oklahoma St. 24, Tulsa 19
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Scott Harmon and Richie Ansley returned interceptions for touchdowns Saturday night as Oklahoma State hung on to beat Tulsa 24-19 in wild game from start to finish.
The game ended with Tulsa at Oklahoma State’s 7-yard line. On the final play, backup quarterback Mark Matheson’s pass glanced off the hands of a leaping Gary Brown in the back right corner of the end zone.
Oklahoma State (2-1) went above the .500 mark for the first time since beginning the 1990 season with the same record. Tulsa (1-3) lost its third straight.
Tulsa’s final drive started at its 35 with 2:48 remaining and no timeouts left. Matheson replaced injured Gus Frerotte with the Hurricane facing third and 9 at the 49, and he promptly hit Brown on a 10-yard completion to keep the drive going.
Later, facing fourth and 12 at the OSU 32, Matheson hit Marlo Fair on a 25- yard gain to the 7-yard line with 16 seconds left.
Matheson spiked the ball on first down, then threw three straight incompletions.
Tulsa used a no-huddle offense to run the defense ragged, outgaining the Cowboys 416-172. But big plays by the defense and special teams made the difference.
Harmon, a safety, returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown to give Oklahoma State a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. After Tulsa tied it early in the second quarter, Ansley went 25 yards with an interception from his linebacker spot.
Marc Spatz recovered a blocked punt in the end zone on Tulsa’s next possession to make it 24-10.
Oklahoma State’s special teams struck again on the last play of the half, blocking Eric Lange’s 29-yard field goal try.
Tulsa got a 33-yard field goal from Lange to pull within 24-13 late in the third quarter.
On Tulsa’s first possession of the fourth quarter, the Hurricane drove 40 yards in five plays with Kenny Gunn going in from 5 yards out.