Two big offensive plays in the second quarter turned the tide for Tulsa in its non-conference finale Saturday against Wyoming.
But when the Cowboys turned the momentum back around in the fourth quarter, it was a huge play by the Hurricane defense that saved the day.
Clinging to a 24-21 lead, and with Wyoming facing third-and-goal at the TU 10, Cooper Edmiston forced a Sean Chambers fumble and Reggie Robinson II recovered it at the TU 3 to close out the game.
Trailing 7-0, Hurricane quarterback Zach Smith stood in after taking big hits the previous two plays and drilled a 56-yard touchdown pass to Keylon Stokes to tie the game with 2:49 left in the first half.
After a defensive stop, TU took its first lead when Smith completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Sam Crawford Jr. with just 1:10 left in the half.
Smith threw for more than 300 yards in the first three quarters, coming back from a rough start to post Tulsa's first 300-yard passing performance since the team's 2016 bowl game.
But with Tulsa in full control, the Wyoming offense revived. First it went 92 yards in six plays to get within 17-14. Chambers, who returned to the game at quarterback on the drive, found Ayden Eberhardt wide open for a 53-yard touchdown with 11:03 left in the game.
Then, after a big sack of Smith on a fourth-down play, Wyoming moved 50 yards in six plays to retake the lead. Chambers scored on a 15-yard run with 5:25 left to play to give the Cowboys a 21-17 lead.
Tulsa regained the lead on the very next series, moving 75 yards in seven plays, including a big fourth-and-5 conversion at midfield. Shamari Brooks scored the go-ahead points on a 19-yard run with 3:26 left in the game.
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