No. 23 Tulsa 45, Ohio U. 13
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ T.J. Rubley threw for four touchdowns and became the 15th player in NCAA history to pass for 9,000 yards as No. 23 Tulsa coasted to a 45-13 victory over Ohio University on Saturday.
Rubley’s 167 passing yards gave him 9,192 yards for his career, but the Golden Hurricane (8-2) relied largely on its running game to dominate Ohio. Chris Hughley rushed for 166 yards and backup Ron Jackson had 112.
Bobby Brice had 63 yards for the Bobcats (2-8-1) and set up their only touchdown with their longest play from scrimmage, a 22-yard run.
Rubley threw touchdown passes of 29 yards to Marlo Fair, 21 yards to Hughley and 3 yards to Harvey Crowder, but his biggest of the day was a 3-yard corner lob to Dan Bitson.
It was Bitson’s first touchdown catch since 1989. The second-team All- American was nearly killed in a car accident a week after the season ended.
His amazing recovery has been a rallying point for Tulsa, and the entire team celebrated with him in the end zone. The celebration penalty gave the Bobcats the ball at midfield, and Jonathon Clemons scored from the 1 after a nine-play drive.
The Hurricane threw often to Bitson in the fourth quarter. He needed 84 yards to become the school’s career leading receiver, but finished with two receptions for 40 yards.
He dropped a ball over the middle that was intercepted by Shenell Bruson, leading to a 27-yard field goal by Jeff Marchant late in the game.
While much of the attention was on the records of Rubley and Bitson, it was Hughley who buried the Bobcats.
He had 127 yards at the half and was taking a breather on the only drive in which the Hurricane failed to score.
Rubley was intercepted by Brent Reid midway through the second quarter, which led to Marchant’s 43-yard field goal.
Hughley then carried four straight times for 24 yards to put the ball on the Ohio 43, and two plays later Rubley threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Fair, who was 10 yards behind the defense.
Facing fourth-and-four from Ohio’s 42 with a minute to go in the half, Hughley gained 21 yards, then caught a 21-yard swing pass from Rubley for a 24-3 halftime lead.
Jackson got the bulk of his yardage on a 46-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, which led to Bitson’s touchdown catch. The last time Tulsa had two backs rush for over 100 yards in the sam game was against Texas El-Paso in the 1989 season opener.