Tulsa 24, Oklahoma St. 23
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Troy DeGar, playing with a cast on his left hand, rallied a lifeless Tulsa team with three touchdown passes in the final eight minutes for a stunning 24-23 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
DeGar, benched for two series in the third quarter, found Michael Kedzior just inside the end zone with 16 seconds left as the Golden Hurricane (1-1) beat its biggest rival for the first time in four years.
The previous three games also came down to the final minute, but the Cowboys (0-2) appeared to have this one locked up when quarterback Tone’ Jones scored on a 9-yard run for a 23-3 lead with 10:36 left.
DeGar, 6-of-19 at that point, scrambled for 18 yards to jump-start the Hurricane, then finished the 60-yard drive with a perfect 25-yard TD pass that Jeff Utter caught over his shoulder in the left corner of the end zone.
The Hurricane recovered the ensuing onside kick and drove down the field quickly. On fourth-and-10, DeGar scrambled right and Marshall Gordon, trapped in the right side of the end zone, broke left to catch a 22-yard TD pass.
Oklahoma State, which had its way on the ground all night, was stopped on three plays and punted back to Tulsa with 1:41 left.
DeGar hit Utter and Kedzior three times with 11-yard passes and scrambled once for 13 more, then hit Gordon across the middle for a 16-yard gain to the 6, setting up Kedzior’s winning score.
Kedzior caught what would have been a game-tying touchdown in the end zone on the last play a year ago, but his feet came down just inches out of bounds. This one was close, too, and the touchdown signal set off a wild celebration on Tulsa’s sidelines.
DeGar, who broke a bone in his left hand in last week’s 37-5 loss to Baylor, finished 17-of-38 for 217 yards.
David Thompson rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Andre Richardson finished with 97 yards for Oklahoma State.
Jones was 7-of-15 for 107 yards, including a 36-yard TD pass to Kent Luck in the second quarter. Jones wasn’t impressive passing, but he completed key passes when he needed them.
He hit Alonzo Mayes with a 20-yard pass on third-and-1 from the Tulsa 36 as the first half was winding down, leading to Thompson’s 9-yard run.
Early in the fourth quarter, he threw a 33-yard pass to Terrance Richardson to set up Jones’ 9-yard run that gave the Cowboys a 23-3 lead.
The snap on the extra point was high and holder Greg Ivy was tackled trying to pass it. The error proved costly to the Cowboys.