Houston vs Tulsa

Shamari Brooks and the rest of the Tulsa running backs found the going tough Saturday night against Houston at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The Hurricane finished with minus-1 yards on 23 carries. BRETT ROJO/for the Tulsa World

First down | Story of the game

Non-offensive plays

The University of Tulsa lost to Houston 24-14 in a game in which it outgained the Cougars 380 yards to 231. Half of Houston’s points came from non-offensive touchdowns — on an interception return in the second quarter and a 94-yard kickoff return in the fourth. The Hurricane committed four turnovers to just one for the Cougars — a fumble in the first quarter.

Second down | Matchup that mattered

TU run game vs. Houston defense

As TU’s run game could never get going, neither could the Hurricane offense. Houston held TU to minus-1 rushing yards on 23 carries. The result was more pressure on the Hurricane’s passing game and quarterback Zach Smith, who threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Third down | Game MVP

LB Cooper Edmiston

In a game with few offensive highlights, Edmiston posted impressive stats on the defensive side in his final performance at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The senior linebacker led the Hurricane with 13 tackles, four of which were solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss. Those numbers are somewhat expected from Edmiston at this point, though, as he came into the game leading his team and the AAC with 86 tackles.

Fourth down | What’s next

Season finale at ECU

TU will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, to finish its season against East Carolina in an 11 a.m. Saturday kickoff. ECU is 4-7 and coming off a 31-24 victory against Connecticut on Saturday.

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Dekota covers the University of Tulsa football team and ORU men’s basketball team. An Oklahoma State University graduate, he was an intern for the Tulsa World before joining in 2019.