One step forward, at least one step back.
After dominating lowly UConn in the previous outing, Tulsa had season-worst performances on offense and defense Saturday en route to a 47-21 loss at Memphis.
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— Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Milestones might be unattainable
In 2016, the University of Tulsa made NCAA history as the first team with a 3,000-yard passer (Dane Evans), two 1,000-yard rushers (James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson).
“To have the opportunity to do it, it just doesn’t come along very often,” coach Philip Montgomery said then.
That’s true. Two years later, those players are gone and the Hurricane is nowhere near accomplishing the incredible feat again, another indication of how far this offense has fallen in a short amount of time.
Barring above-average performances in the final two games, TU will end this season without a 3,000-yard passer, without a 1,000-yard rusher and without a 1,000-yard receiver.
Despite moderate success in the run game, minor injuries have prevented running backs Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II from reaching their full potential. Brooks has rushed for 797 yards, an average of 88.6 yards per game, while Taylor is averaging 83.1 yards for a total of 748 yards on the season.
With quarterbacks Luke Skipper and Seth Boomer combining to complete only half their pass attempts, the Hurricane has only 1,648 passing yards through 10 games. While replacing Skipper and starting in the last six, Boomer is closing in on the 1,000-yard mark.
The other part of that equation is a receiving corps that has lacked consistency. Top target Justin Hobbs leads TU with 397 yards while Keenen Johnson and Keylon Stokes have 388 and 379, respectively.
While the offensive numbers have been shockingly low, they aren’t quite as bad as Navy’s. The slumping Midshipmen, who host TU on Saturday, rank last in the American with 360.3 yards per game, slightly worse than the Hurricane’s average of 375.2.