UCF at Tulsa

TU quarterback Zach Smith throws a pass in the first quarter against UCF on Friday. Smith left the game with an injury. BRETT ROJO/for the Tulsa World

Smith injured

University of Tulsa starting quarterback Zach Smith left the game Friday night late in the second quarter with an apparent left leg injury.

Smith limped off the field after the Hurricane’s last full drive of the first half before being escorted to the locker room. Seth Boomer came in at QB for TU the next possession for one play to hand the ball off to Shamari Brooks to end the half.

Smith never returned, and Boomer took over QB duties the rest of the game.

First-quarter TD skid ends

For the first time since its Week 3 matchup against Oklahoma State, TU scored a touchdown early.

Shamari Brooks’ 1-yard run to end the Golden Hurricane’s second drive was the first time TU scored a touchdown in the first quarter since its game against OSU on Sept. 14. The score gave TU an early 7-0 lead with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

Rainey gets in record book

TU freshman place-kicker Jacob Rainey relived some bad memories from his missed game-winning 29-yard field goal against Memphis two weeks ago.

After making 4-of-4 field goals last week against Tulane, Rainey made a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter Friday. That put him at 14 field goals this season, which is the most by a freshman in TU history.

Rainey had made five straight since the miss against Memphis until he struck a 35-yarder in a tie game in the fourth quarter off the left upright.

Robinson gets first sack in almost three yearsIt had been a while since TU defensive tackle Shemarr Robinson tackled a quarterback in the backfield.

Robinson, a senior, sacked UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel early in the third quarter for his first sack since his freshman season. Robinson went all of last season and the season before without recording a sack. He had one as a freshman.

Williams notches first INT

TU nickelback Cristian Williams picked off Gabriel on the UCF’s second possession of the second half for his first career interception.

It was TU’s fourth interception of the season. Williams became only the second TU player to record one this season, as cornerback Reggie Robinson II had every other interception before.

Hubbard’s Heisman campaign hits Chapman StadiumOklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard wasn’t playing at Chapman Stadium on Friday — or even playing at all this weekend — but that didn’t stop Cowboys fans from campaigning for his Heisman Trophy chances in Tulsa.

A group of OSU fans wearing all orange stood in the front row behind the UCF bench holding signs that promoted Hubbard’s Heisman campaign during a game that was broadcast on ESPN2.

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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.